Denmark sits peacefully at the end of a five hour road trip, south of Perth. You can also fly in via Albany, a coastal city 40 minutes away. Limited coach lines reach Denmark.
The pretty township bustles with award-winning bakeries, eclectic cafes and weekend arts markets, but it’s what’s around the nature-loving community that draws visitors.
Greens Pool and neighbouring Elephant Rocks, in wildflower-riddled William Bay National Park, are unquestionable show stoppers. The vivid colour of the ocean in these shallow bays changes with the light; one moment it’s aquamarine, the next it’s jade. Like a miniature archipelago, eroded rocks are scattered across the seascape at Greens, while they loom over the boardwalk into Elephant Rocks.
Many of the trees surrounding Denmark stretch 60 metres into the sky and some are around 400 years old. They line the roadsides like Roman columns and cluster in thick native forests. The best place to connect with them is at the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, a 40-minute drive from town. There, a bouncy suspension bridge is strung through the lofty canopy, while forest floor walks weave between ancient tingle trees. It’s a magical experience.
Towering trees also lead you to family-owned wineries and their small, personal cellar doors. The Great Southern wine region is treasured for its cool climate riesling and cabernet sauvignon; many excellent vineyards are found along Denmark’s short road journeys: Mount Shadforth Scenic Drive and Scotsdale Scenic Drive.
In the distance, glimpse at the purple mountains of the Stirling Ranges and the shapes of the Porongurup granite domes – each are worth seeing up close.