When planning your trip to the Great Southern region this summer, you’ll be spoiled for choice – and we don’t just mean the tasting line-up at our cellar door (although, of course, that’s a must!). Denmark is a Top Tourist Town winner and it’s easy to see why… from adventure walks to rock fishing and fine dining, a very wide spectrum of travel itineraries are possible for your precious holiday time in and around the Great Southern.
First stop? Singlefile cellar door, where you’ll find superbly crafted wines, made from fruit treated with minimal synthetic material, allowing the beauty of the natural grape to shine through in the final wine. This summer our picks include Great Southern SSB, Single Vineyard Family Reserve Chardonnay and Great Southern Clement V. As the 2016 winner of Gourmet Traveller WINE’s “Star Cellar Door” in the Great Southern, Singlefile’s cellar door is a must-stop on your Denmark itinerary. We look forward to welcoming you to our estate these summer holidays.
Who doesn’t love picking berries straight from the paddock? Denmark Berry Farm makes the perfect summer family activity. Spend the day picking sweet, fresh berries straight from the patch, then enjoy well-earned frozen berries and ice-creams at the farm when you’re done. You can pick up delicious local jams and sauces to take home, too. Only five kilometres from Denmark and open weekends and school holidays (except Tuesday and Wednesday) from 11am to 5pm, this Great Southern gem will please the kids and grown-ups alike.
For nature lovers, this new viewing platform is the perfect vantage point to observe the surging seas off the coast of Albany and into the Southern Ocean. In just under an hour from Denmark, you can witness Mother Nature in all her glory, standing 40 metres directly above the water, via the new raised pathways, which also provide protection for local fauna along the rock surfaces below. A striking new addition to the Torndirrup National Park landscape, the walk bridge also provides stunning views from Bald Head to West Cape Howe. Be prepared to be blown away! (Fees apply to visit the national park. Photo courtesy of Department of Parks and Wildlife WA.)
Pack a picnic and take a drive an hour west of Denmark to the tranquil surrounds of the Frankland River. Start your visit with a walk along one of the universally accessible paths to a viewing platform and take in the full view of the majestic Frankland River, down to the Circular Pool or into the beautiful forest below. When you’re ready for some water action, cool off in the soothing forest pool, canoe down the rapids or just dangle your feet by the water’s edge. You won’t want to leave! (Photo courtesy of Department of Parks and Wildlife WA.)
Winner of not one, but two restaurant and catering industry awards in 2016 –Café of the Year and Café Restaurant – Mrs Jones Café is the place to eat in Denmark. Fancy pancakes with bacon and maple syrup for breakfast? Turmeric pannacotta with fresh fruit and palaeo granola? Or fish tacos for lunch? This licensed café offers fresh and honest fare with an extensive wine list featuring our very own Singlefile Great Southern Chardonnay. Stop in for a bite from 7am to 4pm daily. Your tastebuds will thank you!
As you’re making your way down the Albany Highway, stop in for a visit at Kodja Place and join Jack for an Indigenous Tour. You’ll hear stories of old, enjoy bush tucker and learn about the local culture of the Noongar people. Once you’ve said farewell to Jack, head to the Australian Rose Maze for a wander around the gardens and see the exquisite tribute to roses bred in Australia throughout the 20th century. Before you hit the road again, stop in at the Black Cockatoo Café for a tea, coffee or a slice of delicious cake.