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Toni Carlino
 
6 January 2021 | Toni Carlino

Visiting Denmark and the Great Southern

 

Monkey Rock

Climb the 4kms to Monkey Rock and enjoy impressive views out beyond Nullaki to the East and William Bay National Park to the West. Monkey Rock is an impressive rock formation that stands splendidly overlooking the tree-covered land out over the stunning Denmark Coastline. An incredible formation to climb that is a pleasant walk, and well worth a meander for adults and children alike. Pack water, snacks and don't forget your camera.

Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach is set between the Wilson Inlet and the Great Southern Ocean, only a few kilometres outside Denmark along Ocean Beach Road. Ocean Beach is a must-visit while in Denmark, the perfect place to relax and take a deep breath of beautiful fresh ocean air. The perfect grassy area overlooking the waves, seated look-out area, an undercover pavilion, Surf Club, toilets and showers, make this an all year-round favourite!

Ocean Beach is great for swimming and surfing. During the summer season Ocean Beach is patrolled and the cafe is open, serving delicious food! Always a relaxed vibe with the beachgoers. Also great for rock climbing, kite flying, walking, sunbathing, paddle and bodyboarding, and kayaking. 

The Valley of the Giants

The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, in Tinglewood, is an internationally recognised nature-based tourism attraction, located in Australia’s South West, giving you a bird’s eye view of some of the biggest timber giants on Earth – Western Australia’s majestic tingle trees. Climbing 40 metres into the forest canopy and meandering through the treetops for 600 metres, the walking trail is the first of its kind, designed to maximise views and minimise impact.

West Cape Howe

The Southernmost point of Western Australia, West Cape Howe boasts a spectacular beach and the lookout provides a launch for our local paragliders. It is one of the most stunning views of our ancient coastline. Visit the lookout for sensory delight and access the world-class walking trails. 

National Anzac Centre + Field of Lights exhibition

An interactive experience with audio and visual content plus historical artifacts, the National Anzac Centre overlooking King George Sound is a must-visit. This incredible facility allows you to use state of the art technology to follow the stories of the 41,000 men and women who departed from Albany for the Great War. 

Bremer Bay Canyon Tours

On the edge of the Great Southern - about 2 hours east of Albany - is the charming coastal town of Bremer Bay. Here you’ll find the only place in Australia you can reliably get up close to the alpha predator of the ocean – the Orca. Naturaliste Charters run full day charters to the Bremer Canyon, a unique marine environment that is home to hundreds of species. Book here. Whilst in the area, check out the beautiful beaches, surf and fun 4WD tracks around Bremer Bay.

Kayak along the Frankland River

Take a drive west from Denmark and head to Nornalup, where you can hire a canoe or kayak and paddle along the peaceful Frankland River. You can kayak upstream or down, taking in the towering Karri, Marri and Tingle trees along the banks and breathe in that heady forest air. Make a booking (recommended) for lunch at The Nornabar – a delightful, delicious, fresh experience to be enjoyed at what was once the iconic Nornalup Teahouse Restaurant. 

Climb Bluff Knoll

The third highest (1095m above sea level) and one of WA’s most impressive peaks, Bluff Knoll is located within the Stirling Range National Park. With over a thousand species of wildflowers, plus abundant reptiles and mammals, this trail affords a spectacular view of the park and the various geological formations. It is also one of the few places in WA where snow falls on chilly winter nights, with many people trekking from all over the state to view this rare spectacle. Allow 3-4 hours for this hike, and be sure to bring along a picnic to enjoy at the top while soaking in the view. More information is available here.

Swim at Greens Pool/Elephant Rocks

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again, Denmark’s William Bay National Park is home to one of Australia’s best beaches, Greens Pool. A ring of large, granite boulders shelter the beach from the swell and currents creating a beautiful crystal-clear swimming spot perfect for families. Just around the corner, you’ll find Elephant Rocks, so-called because the large granite rocks look like a herd of elephants wading in the bay.

Hike Castle Rock Granite Skywalk

This climb in the Porongurup Range is for not for the faint-hearted but it is a ‘gotta do’ 2-3 hour adventure! After all the Porongurup is one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world – around 1200 million years old! Clamber over boulders under soaring Karri trees amid fascinating wildflowers and bird calls, through a crevice, up a 6 metre steel ladder and then along a masterpiece of engineering, a steel catwalk, for a panorama of natural beauty to really take your breath away!

Albany’s Historic Whaling Station at Discovery Bay

It’s a thought-provoking experience and one that is entirely authentic. You are compelled to engage with the past as you actually embark on the last whale chaser ship in Australia, the Cheyne IV and stare in amazement at the skeleton of the last sperm whale to be harpooned in Albany. The Cheynes Beach Whaling Company closed in 1978. A unique display incorporates stories of the workers and whales which honour an economic and social reality in Albany’s history as well as highlighting the present-day efforts to protect these incredible deep-sea creatures. While at Discovery Bay, don’t miss the opportunity to get close up to some native animals and birds at the Australian Wildlife Park and then enjoy the colourful showcase of plants endemic to the South West at the Regional Wildflower Garden.

Catch sight of Humpbacks, Southern Rights and rare Blues - the gentle giants of the oceans - frolicking as they migrate to and from Broome and Antarctica! Spot them from the rugged cliffs of Albany’s dramatic coast or take a cruise for a magical encounter! Awesome! 

Mount Romance - The Sandalwood Factory

As you enter the facility just north of Albany allow the soft aromas of santalum spicatum to awaken and soothe your senses. This fragrant species of sandalwood grows wild in Western Australia over 161 million hectares and it’s here at Mount Romance where the pure, precious oil is extracted. The distillery established in 1997 is the largest of its kind in the world! Take a wander through the impressive, educational showroom and sample a myriad of products and why not enjoy the memorable, rejuvenating experience of scent and sound at The Cone the Gong and the Bowl. Intriguing!

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