Denmark Town Guide

Denmark Town Things to Do - While Away A Relaxing Day:

Berridge Park and the Denmark River, Western Australia

The peaceful view of the river and karri trees at Berridge Park in the Denmark town centre.

Feeling a bit lazy or don't have a car for your stay in Denmark, Western Australia? You could easily while away a day just hanging around Denmark town. It's a chilled out and pleasant place with some beautiful scenery and places to walk and ride to.

Denmark Bike Hire: Bikes can be hired from the Eco Discovery Shop. Prices start at $20/half day for an adult bike and $15/half day for a kids bike. The value increases the more bikes you hire and the longer you hire them for.

Shops and Cafes in Denmark Town

A few of the shops in town are worth checking out for gifts, crafts and nick-nacks. The Denmark Eco Discovery Shop is good for gifts, books and alternative sort of stuff, as is the visitor centre, plus there are a few antique shops and op shops.

Be sure to check out the Old Butter Factory. Inside the old wooden building you'll find all sorts of gifts, antiques, ceramics and good quality artworks. There are always some great paintings by local artists on display in the room in between the Mary Rose Restaurant and the Butter Factory shop. The Mary Rose Restaurant adjoining the Butter Factory always used to be my favourite Denmark Eatery, and no trip into town was complete without stopping there for a milkshake. It's changed a lot since those days - the decor quite different and it's no longer owned by Mary Rose - but the food is still delicious!

Berridge Park and the Denmark River

Canoeing on the Denmark River, WA

Walk down to Berridge Park and relax under the trees by the peaceful Denmark River. This is a nice spot for a picnic, with a green grassy lawn, shady trees and a playground for the kids.

The Denmark Markets are held down at Berridge Park every second Saturday.

Hire a Canoe or a Motorboat

Canoes and motor boats can be hired from Berridge Park or the Rivermouth Caravan Park. You have the choice of paddling up the tranquil river past town, or out onto the wide, often choppy and windy, expanse of the Wilson Inlet.

Denmark Town Walk Trails, and Bike Rides

Berridge Park is the starting point for several walk trails along the river, through the karri trees and along the inlet's shores.

I recommend taking the Karri Forest Trail through the forest adjacent to the river down to the Wilson Inlet at Pelican Point.

At the end of the trail you can then walk back along the river - either staying on the Denmark town side, or along the other side after crossing the old railway bridge. To get back to Berridge Park from the far side of the river, you can walk across the South Coast Highway road bridge.

From the railway bridge you could pick up the Wilson Inlet Heritage Trail and walk all the way or part-way along the inlet to Crusoe Beach. Or walk in the other direction along the Little River Trail (part of the Bibbulmun Track) through karri trees and along the Wilson Inlet.

If you have a bike or hire one while during your stay, it's a short but scenic ride through the trees to Poison Point, where you get a really good view of Wilson Inlet. A longer, but still easy enough, ride along Ocean Beach Road to the beach, sandbar and Lions Lookouts is another good option that could end up being a day out in itself.

The walking tracks I mentioned earlier that follow the Denmark River, and the Wilson Inlet Heritage Trail as well, are suitable for cycling along.

Walking and Cycling the Scotsdale Tourist Drive, and Wineries Within Walking Distance of Town

If you walk along Hollings Road north beyond the town centre, it becomes Horseley Road. Soon you'll see the turn off to the Scotsdale Tourist Drive.

Now this is a long, hilly road and you wouldn't want to try and walk it all, but a couple of the wineries along beginning of the Tourist Route are an easy enough walk from the town centre. Just be very careful of the traffic because it's a narrow and winding road with an 80km/h speed limit outside the town. It's really not a road designed for walking along!

Howard Park Wines is at a guess about 2 to 3 kilometres down the road and Matilda's Estate a little less than twice as far. Both have some great wines to taste and purchase, and grounds with beautiful views where you can stop for a picnic. Matilda's Estate also has a nice restaurant and is a great place to stop for lunch.

Another option is to walk or ride about 3 - 4km along South Coast Highway to West Cape Howe Winery.

If you're fit and enjoy bike riding, then you might prefer to cycle the Scotsdale/Mount Shadforth Tourist Route (or a section of it) rather than drive it. Just be aware that there are some big hills and there's not much room on the road for cars to pass.

A Short Scenic Drive Around the Outskirts of Town:

Following this short but incredibly scenic Denmark drive, you'll see the inlet, karri trees, Ocean Beach and Monkey Rock. Don't miss the views from the Lions Lookouts across the Nullaki Peninsula and Ratcliffe Bay!

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