Tall timber, like sheltering columns, define the route to this creative and productive centre of the Amazing South Coast. Denmark has a long history of artistic and creative responses to the land and natural environment.
Things to See & Do
An overnight stay is recommended, but plan ahead to capture one of the many cultural, food or sporting events, in this creative zone. If you want to see visual, musical, theatrical performances embellished with great food and world class wines, then savour the flavours of Denmark in a lavish long weekend. Indulge and relax!
Art & Culture
Galleries nestle amongst the bushland and artists and artisans reflect the exquisite environment in their skilled works. Visual art can be seen in collective galleries as well as small boutique studio galleries in and around the town. World class quality works range in genres from glass sculptures, honed wood, felted objects, photography and botanical water colours to ceramics, acrylics, jewellery and leatherwork.
Capture local talent at the ever popular Denmark Markets, held in December and January and at Easter each year. The markets attract visitors from far and wide, with stalls offering handcrafted items, exotic and delicious foods, live music by local bands, and day long entertainment. Held at Berridge Park, on the banks of the tranquil Denmark River in the heart of town, the Denmark Markets are sure to have something just for you.
Musical talent also abounds in small folk and jazz bands to choral groups and classical ensembles. These perform at venues and events around the region and across the calendar. Watch for international performances in intimate settings.
Note the Festival of Voice for a weekend of vocal splendour in June and Brave new works for a day of continuous dancing in November.
Learn about archaeological evidence of aboriginal presence in the area, for what is acknowledged as 40,000 years, as well as recent visitation of Europeans including the Scottish Navy surgeon, Wilson. A short, self-guided historic walk or ride will take in some of Denmark’s historic landmarks. The Denmark-Nornalup Heritage Rail Trail is ideal for mountain bikes, horses and walkers, this section of former railway reserve features renovated bridges, steep embankments and cuttings, and constantly changing views.
Denmark is known for its bushland beauty, wildflowers and beaches.
Wildflowers bloom quite late in Denmark – generally September to November, when the weather is still cool but fine and the days are lengthening. National parks and walk trails are the best places to see wildflowers. Visit The Valley of the Giants, which features the famous Tree Top Walk, a 600 metre walkway through the canopy of an ancient red tingle forest. Or, West Cape Howe National Park, Walpole-Nornalup National Park, William Bay National Park, which includes Green’s Pool and Elephants Rocks.
Beautiful beaches abound and provide opportunity for safe swimming, surfing and fishing. Consider Ocean Beach, Lights Beach, Lowlands Beach, Cosy Corner and Peaceful Bay. Be here when surfing legends converge for the many competitive events scheduled for the Denmark coastline.
Migratory humpback and southern right whales make their way along the south coast from July through to October. Wilson Inlet is the feeding ground for many migratory wader species, ospreys may be seen fishing in the inlet, the rare red-eared firetail finch frequents the Little River Walk Trail area and the two fairy wrens, the Splendid and the Redwing, are common and often feed in gardens. Many species of parrots, including the rock parrot, red-tailed and white-tailed black cockatoo, and the purple-crowned lorikeet frequent the forests or coast.
Places to Eat
The Denmark food scene is mature and diverse. Many cafes, coffee shops and restaurants offer seasonal local produce complimented with some local wine. It is highly recommended that you book a table in advance. Not all restaurants are open every day, so it is advisable to check first.
The Denmark wine region offers delightful premium wines. That the gentle summer temperatures and higher winter rainfall are particularly suited to Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Merlot.
Enhance your visit to Denmark with a leisurely tasting of the outstanding wines available from our many welcoming cellar doors (winery tours are available, so there is no need for a ‘skipper’) and enjoy music concerts and free musical entertainment through summer and autumn.
Delicious local produce is available around every corner and includes meat, cheeses, fruit and vegetables of all kinds. Eating locally is easy as many menus note locally sourced product. After sampling ice cream, chocolate and award-winning vinofood, be sure to take home some of the scrumptious local preserves, fudge, toffee and honeys with you.
Places to Stay
Denmark has some of the most exquisite, romantic, luxurious and unique holiday accommodation types.
Whether you are a couple, travelling alone or with a family, there is choice between a deluxe spa apartment, family self-contained villa or motel apartments. Caravan parks offer camping and chalet options. Many self-contained family homes are available for rent, but get in early during the warmer months and school holiday times. Or if you want seclusion and privacy, Airbnb and Bed and Breakfast establishments offer a variety of situations with charm and exclusivity. Ensconced in forest or with an expansive view of the inlet or ocean, there is a style of accommodation that will suit all tastes.