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Heavenly Greens Pool

Greens Pool is an extraordinarily beautiful beach located in Denmark’s William Bay National Park, about an 18km drive west from the centre of Denmark town.

Greens Pool, Western Australia

Greens Pool is a heavenly spot to go for a swim and relax in the sunshine.

The Perfect Natural Swimming Pool!

As far as swimming spots go, Greens Pool is about as good as it gets – especially for families with young kids.

It is basically a huge, natural ocean swimming pool of glassy-clear water, edged by a pristine beach of pure white silica sand and enclosed by rows of dome-shaped granite boulders.

The off-shore rocks, along with the tall headland behind the beach, provide complete shelter against the waves and wind. The swimming area remains calm and tranquil – and perfectly safe – no matter how stormy the ocean.

The crystal clear water of Greens Pool, Denmark, Western Australia

Ripples in the water at Greens Pool

The boulder near the beach at Greens Pool, Denmark

These domed granite boulders are a striking feature of Greens Pool and the William Bay National Park

Greens Pool is well known among Western Australians, and is considered one of our state’s best beaches.

It’s been my all-time favourite summer swimming beach for as long as I can remember. I have so many wonderful childhood memories of swimming, exploring the rocks, building sand castles and beach combing at Greens Pool with my family.

Even now when I return as an adult, it’s still every bit as perfect as I always remembered it being.

What is so special about Greens Pool?

Swimming at Greens Pool, Australia

Swimming, snorkelling and jumping off the rocks at Greens Pool

Greens Pool is pristine and natural and stunningly picturesque to look at, but the one thing that makes it really special are the interesting rocks.

The pool is encircled by lines of massive sloping granite boulders clustered close together. The main barrier of rocks is about 200 metres out from the beach at its furthest point, but it curves around to meet the shoreline, sheltering the the “swimming pool” area completely from waves and wind.

Greens Pool, Denmark, Western Australia

This picture, taken by my Granddad, illustrates perfectly how the wall of rocks shelter the glassy-calm pool from the waves and wind.

No matter what the weather, the water stays perfectly calm and crystal clear. It remains tranquil even during winter storms when strong winds blow and monstrous waves pound the coast, smashing on the rocks.

Out in the deeper water you can climb up onto some of the isolated rocks scattered around the middle of the pool, and jump off into the icy cold water. They feel a lot taller than they look when you’re standing on top of one!

Relaxing and swimming at Greens Pool in the William Bay National Park

Having fun on the rocks

The most interesting rocks of all are the ones up on the headland along the eastern edge of Greens Pool, where a massive bank of granite slopes down onto the beach and into the water. You can easily walk up onto it from the beach.

Not only do the smooth rocks of the headland provide a nice warm place to lie down in the sun and view the scenery, but if you walk a little bit further around you’ll find an area of tiny coves, beachlets, channels and gutters in amongst the rocks.

Greens Pool rocks

On the Greens Pool headland rocks

Greens Pool snorkelling area

Swim and snorkel around the rocks of the headland

Things to Do at Greens Pool

Swimming

Greens Pool divine for swimming in summer. Calm, safe and picturesque – it really is one of the best swimming beaches in all of Australia! The only downside to swimming at Greens Pool is that the Southern Ocean is icy cold.

Jumping and Diving Off the Rocks

The rounded boulders and rocky islands out in the deeper water turn Greens Pool into a natural water park! Perch youself on a rock in the middle of the pool and enjoy the warmth of the sun, then plunge into the cool water! But be careful – there are shallow sandbanks surrounding some of the rocks, even those a long way out from the beach.

Walking the Beach and Exploring the Rocks

You can walk all the way westwards past the swimming area to the end of the Greens Pool beach and continue along the wild Mazzoletti Beach. Mazzoletti Beach spans almost the full length of William Bay, eventually meeting up with Parry Beach on the other side of the national park.

Or wander over the rocks to the east, exploring the rockpools and channels, which are home to marine life such as crabs and sea anenomes.

Whatever you do, don’t the leave William Bay National Park without walking from Greens Pool to Elephant Cove! Along the way you’ll see a fanstastic view of the Elephant Rocks, one of Denmark’s most iconic sights.

Snorkelling

The fish seem to love swimming in Greens Pool just as much as the people, if not even more so! The water is always crystal-clear and the rocks create an interesting underwater landscape.

More Photos and Things to Do at Greens Pool…

Click one of the links below for more info on things to do at Greens Pool, and to see more beautiful photos.

Visiting Greens Pool

Greens Pool - a spectacularly beautiful swimming beach on the South Coast of Western Australia, with a gently sloping rocky headland

Greens Pool: a spectacularly beautiful swimming beach with a gently sloping rocky headland

Getting There and Parking

Greens Pool is a 20 minute drive west from the Denmark town centre.

To get there, you take South Coast Highway until you see a big brown tourist sign clearly marking the left turn into to William Bay National Park (about 14km from town). Follow the sealed road for about 4km, all the way to where it ends at the Greens Pool carpark.

There is a second, smaller, gravel carpark close by (The Elephant Cove carpark), which you get to by turning left onto the road down to Madfish Bay, then almost immediately right.

Beach Access

The paths from both carparks down the hill to the beach are fairly long, with steps.

Is Greens Pool a Crowded Beach?

Despite its popularity, Greens Pool is far enough away from any cities or big towns for it to be peaceful and quiet for most of the year. If you visit in the middle of winter there’s a good chance you’ll have the whole beach all to yourself.

But when the weather is warm and sunny, Greens Pool gets very lively. Expect the beach to be a little bit on the crowded side during the summer school holidays when so many families are out enjoying the sunshine and the ocean – especially if the swimming lessons are being held that day!

Aerial Views of Greens Pool

Here’s a map showing the carparks and main swimming area at Greens Pool:

The Greens Pool Beach:

Last Updated: 2nd December, 2014.

First posted on 11th October, 2013 by Bonny.

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Comments

  1. john freemantle

    Hi, we will be on holiday in Denmark over the Easter weekend. We will have our dog with us. We have never been away with a dog before. Is there many places we can visit that you know of.?
    Thanks
    John

    • Hi John, although dogs are not allowed in national parks (including Greens Pool and the rest of William Bay NP), there are plenty of beaches and great walking tracks where you can take a dog, especially around the inlet.

      The section of Lights Beach east of the carpark is a wonderful walk with rocks, headlands, long surf beaches and a beach with a sheltered shallow tidal pool, but be aware that the western section of this beach is part of William Bay NP.

      Ocean Beach and in particular the Wilson Inlet sand bar area is another great place to take a dog with wide open spaces on the beach, calm shallow water in the inlet and beautiful scenery.

      There are plenty of options, and here’s a link from the Denmark Shire Council that should help you with working out where dogs can run free, where they must be on a lead and where they are not allowed at all: http://www.denmarkwa.asn.au/DogExerciseAreas.html

  2. Caroline

    We were wanting to spend some time at greens pool in Denmark. We have a camp trailer. Can we camp there?
    Where is the nearest camp site.

    • Hi, you’re not allowed to camp at Greens Pool and there are no camping facilities there, if that’s what you’re after. Nearest camp sites that I know of are Parry Beach over on the other side of William Bay NP, Ocean Beach Caravan Park and the caravan park where the Denmark River meets the Wilson Inlet.

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