At Waterfall Beach near Denmark on the south coast of Western Australia, a freshwater stream cascades down from the dense heathland, cutting its course to the sea through the powdery beach sand.
The waterfall is only small, but it’s worth a visit for the novelty of being able to bathe in a freshwater waterfall at the beach!
The waterfall varies with the seasons, flowing strongest in winter and spring. Last time we visited (when these photos were taken) it was almost too strong to stand under.
I tried and failed, but my Mum just about managed it! You need to be careful around the waterfall because the rocks it falls onto are very slippery.
Swimming in the Ocean at Waterfall Beach
It is protected somewhat by a couple of submerged rocks directly off shore, and by Madfish Island to the south-west. Ocean swimming is safe in most conditions, but for little kids the stream is more suitable.
The wave height at Waterfall Beach is almost always low (less than a metre), but the waves can be surgy. As you can see from the photos, even though the water isn’t crystal clear like at the more sheltered Denmark beaches enclosed by rocks, it still has a beautiful blue/turquoise colour.
Looking south and east you get a clear panoramic view all the way around to Lights Beach and beyond past the back beach to Wilson Head:
The freshwater stream is a nice place to sit and relax on a hot day. It’s also a fun place for kids to play. I remember having a great time with my cousin trying to build island-sandcastles and dams, back in the day.
Walking and Exploring from Waterfall Beach, Denmark
Waterfall Beach is a great place to begin a coastal wander along the rocks and beaches of William Bay National Park.
Walk down onto the beach from the carpark, then walk up onto the rocky headland to the right. From here, you can follow the coastline along the rocks to Madfish Bay, only a few hundred metres away.
On Waterfall Beach, just beyond the path down from the carpark, and the view to the right towards the rocky headland:
The rocky headland between Waterfall Beach and Madfish Bay is a relatively safe spot to throw in a line and catch some fish.
Madfish Bay is a beautiful place to stop for a swim, or you could continue your walk by crossing the shallow sandbar to Snake Island with its fascinating rock pools and spectacular views.
If you like rock-hopping, then take a walk along Waterfall Beach to the left, past the waterfall and over the eastern headland.
Walking to the left along Waterfall Beach, towards Lights Beach:
It’s possible to walk over granite headlands and down onto beaches and coves all the way to Lights Beach. This is a wild, spectacular bit of coastline with amazing views.
Caution: Parts of this walk are fairly exposed and could be dangerous, so keep a close eye on the ocean waves and don’t get too close to the edge.
Last Updated: 29th May, 2015.
First posted on 13th October, 2013 by Bonny.
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