I’ve just returned home from a week away with friends (and E of course) in the beautiful lower south west of Western Australia. Denmark to be exact. The bush meets beach town is about a five hour drive from Perth, and boasts coastal vibes with a small country town feel. It’s quiet and relaxed, with something for everyone. Bush walking – tick. Beach activities – tick. A whole lot of wine – tick. Organic food, beauty and lifestyle – tick. E and I visited Denmark last year thanks to Ford and Kidspot, but our friends C & S had never been before, so we wanted to have an equal amount of adventure time and chill time and discover all the region has to offer. Pretty sure the adventure time won over the chilling, but you know me, I can’t even relax when I’m on holiday! I’ve put together a list of must do activities when visiting Denmark, for the chill and not so chill out there. Enjoy!
1. Bartholomew’s Meadery
What on earth is a meadery? I know, it sounds like we’ve stepped back in time to the days of the vikings. But they totally knew what to drink back then! If you’re unsure what mead actually is, I’d explain it as alcohol from the god’s, but in lamens terms it is actually alcohol made from honey. No grapes, honey! Bartholomew’s Meadery is a few kilometers from Denmark Town Centre but worth the car trip, as it is one of the only meadery’s in WA. Nestled in the bush, you can taste every flavour of mead available, from sweet dessert mead to zesty citrus blends (our favourite by far). If you’re not really an alcohol fan, do stop by to check out the bee’s in action. You can watch them working away from the comfort of the meadery. Bartholomew’s also stocks organic honey based beauty products, candles, every flavour of hand made honey you can imagine, sweet treats and honey ice cream. We may have gone a little mad at the meadery, walking out with more than six bottles of mead between us. I won’t tell you how many we drank that evening. Hahaha.
2620 South Coast Highway, Denmark WA / Open 7 days a week (excluding Christmas Day) 9.30 – 4.30 / Cost – Free (but bring some cash if you want to shop)
2. Greens Pool & Elephant Rock
This wasn’t my first visit to Greens Pool and Elephant Rock (read more about our first Denmark holiday here) and it certainly won’t be my last. Greens Pool is a stretch of white sand and still blue ocean quartered in by large rocks creating a perfectly clear pool. It is tranquil and peaceful, and even the non swimmers of our group had to jump into the freezing water because it was just so pretty! A bit of a trek from Denmark Town Centre in the William Bay National Park, it is absolutely worth the country drive, as that was so beautiful on its own. Denmark feels like it is in the middle of the bush, so it’s a funny feeling when you realise it is right on the coast! Scramble over the rocks and climb the sand dunes to discover Elephant Cove just down the beach from Greens Pool. The large rock formation looks exactly like a pack of wild elephants strolling in the ocean. It truly is a magical sight! I could have sat and stared at the ocean for hours, it’s just so beautiful!
Williams Bay Road, Denmark / Open 7 days a week / Cost – Free
3. River Paddling
I’ve never taken a paddle boat out before, but Denmark’s picturesque river mouth is the perfect location to do so! Don’t freak out, they provide you with a sexy life jacket and all the details are explained to you before jumping in but it’s up to you how much or little paddling you do! The river is quite murky but don’t be scared, we all know sharks don’t hang out in rivers! You can paddle for as long as you like but we went for the 30 minute ride, as it was already heating up in the sun. Note to those wanting to paddle – take a friend. It is impossible to paddle the boat alone. After E hopped out I tried to continue on my own and nearly flipped into the water. Not smart on my end! You can also hire single and double kayaks, a dingy or paddle boards so make an afternoon of it!
Denmark Rivermouth Caravan Park, Inlet Drive, Denmark / Open 7 days a week / Cost – Paddle boats $40 P/H
4. Denmark Animal Farm and Pentland Alpaca Stud Farm
Who doesn’t like cuddly baby animals? I’ve visited loads of “animal experiences” in my lifetime but this had to be the best one. From the moment we entered the farm we were “bombarded” by animals wanting some attention (and the food we were given on arrival). Baby goats eat from your palm, kangaroos hop around at your feet and you can even pat a fuzzy little koala. Bottle feeding time is 3pm so if you want to feed a teeny little lamb this is your time! The farm is also full of exotic birds, horses, cattle, foxes, alcapa, sheep and more, and all of the animals were super friendly and keen for a pat. Be warned though my friends, the goats and sheep know you have food and will do anything to get it. My friend S had her bag taken from her hand by a greedy goat. Keep it away from the animals. Also know to always keep your palm flat when feeding them, or they may have a nibble at your finger! Don’t forget to go and have a snuggle with the baby joey being hand raised by the owners of the animal park before you leave. It’s so sweet and cute.
2019 Scotsdale Road, Denmark / Open 7 days 10am-4pm / Cost – $14 per adult
5. Appreciate the beauty of nature
Besides the many things to do in Denmark it is always nice to sit back, relax and enjoy your surroundings. We opted to stay at The Coombe Luxury Holiday Accommedation, a two bedroom house overlooking the inlet. The juxtaposition of bush and water was so magical and I spent many a morning on our verandah just sitting back and enjoying the beauty of nature. We did take a few short bush walks through the trees and to the jetty not far from home and it was so peaceful to embrace the space and light. The Bibbulman Track runs through Denmark so if want to get into it go for a wander. When in Rome they say! Or if you really want to become one with nature the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk in between Denmark and Walpole (45 minutes from Denmark Town Centre) is a brilliant way to view the bush from another view. Unfortunately due to the weather we were unable to visit the Valley of the Giants on this holiday, but I’ve visited in the past and it is a beautiful experience. Wander through the tingle forest 40 meters up amongst the branches. Some of the trees are over 400 years old too… Now that is pretty amazing.
Now when can I return?
Have you been to Denmark? When was your last holiday? What is your favourite place to relax?