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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
Things to Do at Greens Pool
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, which 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.
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…
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Visiting Greens Pool
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.
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: 15th June, 2014.
First posted on 11th October, 2013 by Bonny.