Bushwalking in Denmark
For the keen bushwalker, or the holidaymaker who simply wants to get a bit closer to nature,
Denmark's cool climate is ideal for a range of experiences.
The wide range of landscapes in Denmark
includes granite outcrops, tall eucalypt forests, wildflowers in spring, endless
pristine beaches, mountain views and the beauty of Wilson Inlet. All are
accessible by formal walktrails and paths, many of which start in town.
The Bibbulmun Track
The Bibbulmun Track (all maps) is one of the longest, continuously marked trails in Australia
covering 964 km from Kalamunda to Albany. It is suitable for groups, individual recreational walkers (day or weekend walks)
committed bushwalkers and people of all ages who have a love of the bush - from
hour long rambles to several weeks trekking.
The Track is named after a distinct Aboriginal language group
known as the Bibbulmun, who inhabited some of the areas on the south coast through which the track passes. It is marked by a stylised
image of the Waugal (rainbow serpent), a spirit being from the Aboriginal Dreaming.
Wilson Inlet crossing - please check current situation with Denmark
For more details about track conditions, please visit the Bibbulmun Foundation website.
When arranging your accommodation, your hosts will be happy to assist with transport arrangements to and from the track.
Denmark-Nornalup Rail Trail
mountain bikes, horses and walkers, this section of former railway reserve
features renovated bridges, steep embankments and cuttings, and constantly
Three stages of the trail have been completed to date -
- Denmark River mouth to Hay River (about 12km) - Walkers, Hybrid Bikes, Mountain Bikers. The section to Rudyard Beach Road is of high quality surface (suitable for families), with the remaining section soft or uneven in places, and suitable for walking and keen bikers.
- Denmark River mouth to Parker Road (33km) - Walkers, Horse Riders, Mountain Bikers. Sections are boggy in winter and soft sandy sections make it recommended for keen cyclists.
- Peaceful Bay Road to Station Road (about 14km) - Walkers, Mountain Bikers. The surface is still rough and/or sandy in places and suitable for walkers and keen bike riders only.
See more information, in print-friendly PDF format, about the Denmark-Nornalup Heritage Rail.
You may also like to visit the Railtrails Australia website.
Other walk trails
You can enhance your Walk Trails experience with reference to the accompanying brochure prepared by Greenskills, titled "Plants of Denmark's Walk Trails". It also has a handy map.
The Mokare Heritage Walk - a 3 km circuit from the town traffic bridge is named after Mokare,
an Aboriginal leader from the Albany area, who accompanied Wilson on his 1829 expedition. Suitable for cycling. Enjoy the view from the old railway bridge to where the river meets
the inlet, also an excellent spot for launching small boats, or just watching the many waterbirds. Town Centre Map and Inlet Map F4/G5
The Karri Walk winds through a reserve of paperbark, yate and karri, to the inlet. It can be
walked one way, or in conjunction with the Mokare trail. Take your picnic basket and enjoy peace among the trees. Inlet Map F5
The Community Park - formerly an
agricultural research station, the main entrance is a boardwalk which begins at
Thornton Park. A meandering path follows the river foreshore past oak trees, leading to Scotsdale Road and, across a footbridge over the Denmark River, to South Coast Highway. The park is still under construction, with ongoing
plantings of native species. Town Centre Map
Wilson Inlet Heritage Walk Trail - a 6 km walk explores early Aboriginal life, flora and fauna,
railway construction techniques, and provides unsurpassed views of Wilson Inlet. It starts at the old railway bridge near the river
mouth and meanders along the inlet, to Crusoe Beach. District Map East S4/U4
Poison Point Lookout - from Inlet Drive,
walk down a firebreak to the inlet foreshore. In the vicinity is a dolerite dyke
from which Aborigines obtained stone for tools. The area's name derives from the
local wildflower Gastrolobium Bilobium from which the poison '1080' is
derived. Inlet Map F9
Little River Walk Trail - this section of
the Bibbulmun Track runs along the wooded inlet foreshore and is ideal for
wildflowers and birdwatching, especially at the Little River footbridge. Inlet Map C10
Sheila Hill Trail - a reasonable degree
of fitness and suitable footwear is required for this walk, which forms part of
the Bibbulmun Track and winds through mixed woodlands, large boulders and across
open rock surfaces to the summit of Mt Hallowell, which has superlative
panoramic views. District Map East Q6/R6
Monkey Rock - a signpost on Lights Road indicates the walk track to this spectacular granite
outcrop on the south slope of Mt Hallowell, offering 270 degree views over the surrounding karri forest, southern coastline and Wilson Inlet. District Map East Q6
The Mt Lindesay Walk climbs about 4 km from the Denmark River to a 400 metre high granite dome,
visible from town. At the summit a spectacular panoramic view sweeps Mt Frankland, the Porongurups, Stirling Ranges and Mt Manypeaks. District Map East P1
Harewood Forest Walk - a short, easy 1.2 km walk through forest, with signs explaining the days of
axe and crosscut saw. The birdlife is wonderful - take a picnic, rest along the walk and listen to their song. District Map East O3
Enjoy a walk around Denmark townsite, taking in some historic sites
New, for your enjoyment, is a short, self-guided walk which takes in some of Denmark's historical landmarks. To accompany you on your
walking tour, Denmark Tourist Bureau staff and volunteers have compiled some
brief notes on your route and what you will see along the way.
See more images of Denmark