Things to do in Denmark
Of course, the first people in Denmark were the Aborigines – the Noongar people who lived off the resources of the karri and jarrah forests. Thanks to archaeological evidence found in the Wilson Inlet and along Ocean Beach, their initial presence has been traced back to about 40,000 years ago.
In the late 1800s, Denmark was a farming town, then for a short time became a centre for timber milling, before shifting back to being an agricultural community. Then, in the 1960s it became known as a place of free love, attracting waves of hippies. The ‘tree and sea changers’ have come more recently, many of them with their sights set on a livelihood in tourism. Denmark is now a town for visitors, through and through.
The seven-days-a-week town centre is bordered by the Denmark River on one side, and boasts quaint and earthy specialty shops and services, restaurants, cafes, a supermarket, a tavern and a hotel. Although the highway goes through the town, most of the shops are found off it, on the quiet side streets.
Concealed on the hills behind the town are wineries, restaurants, breweries, galleries, stunning accommodation and farms.
Down at the coastline, it’s all about the magnificent beaches. Greens Pool features a tranquil lagoon-like swimming bay that’s dotted with perfectly placed boulders, making it a beach to rival the best in the world. Just next door to it is Elephant Rocks, a tiny bay populated by rocks that resemble a herd of the aforementioned pachyderms – it makes for amazing scenery. The fresh salty air and waves rolling in at Lights Beach and Ocean Beach add to what are glorious coastal experiences. There are plenty of other walks and rides that will take you along heritage routes, by the ocean and through forests, including the famed Bibbulmun and Munda-Biddi tracks.
- (08) 9848 3258
Enjoy quality ‘you’ time with an expert massage in a beautiful and tranquil setting: relax, unwind and restore.
- Activity:Day Spas
- Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,School holidays
Aiyana Massage Centre provides the perfect complement to your Denmark stay. Aiyana offers the most sought after massage in Great Southern, so book without delay to ensure your desired appointment. Discerning locals and holiday-makers alike chose the Aiyana Massage Centre. We have 2 treatment rooms, so couples can be treated at the same time. Pamper yourself and a loved one with one of our luxurious treatments.
- (08) 9840 9262
A hands-on animal farm and wildlife park where visitors can feed, pat and get up close to lots of friendly and interesting animals.
- Suited For:Toddlers (0 - 3),Kids (4 - 12),Teens (13 - 17),Adults (18+),Seniors,Families
- Open days/Times:Open Daily 10am - 4pm
- Activity:Animal Farm
- Open Days:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,School holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday
Open Daily 10am to 4pm with koalas fed at 10am and bottle feeding at 3pm. Closed 24th and 25th December.
The farm is designed to be as interactive as possible, giving visitors a special opportunity to connect with the animals. Enjoy nursing a rabbit or newborn lamb, cuddling a kangaroo joey, patting a koala, hand feeding and stroking an alpaca - children and adults alike will just love getting up close to the animals. There are hairy Scottish Highland cows (and calves), ferrets, foxes, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, goats, sheep, llamas, horses, camel, donkeys, pig, emus, aviary birds and more.
The best time to see the koalas is during feeding time when you can catch them awake. Depending on what arrivals we have throughout the year, the bottle fed babies include calves (including Scottish Highlands), lambs, kid goats, piglets and joeys.
Pentland Alpaca Stud imported the first alpacas into WA in 1990, and have been breeding and showing alpacas ever since. A family business that was started by Laurie and Margaret Binks on what was originally a dairy farm. It is now owned and operated by their daughter Debbie and her husband Steve Maddams.
- 08 9840 8335
Denmark Dinosaur World incorporating Parrot Jungle Bird & Reptile Park. See the only T-REX in Australia & Interact with rare Parrots & Reptiles
- Suited For:Families,Seniors,Wheelchairs
- Open days/Times:9.30am-4.30pm Every Day Oct-April, 10am-4pm Every Day May-Sept
- Activity:Discovery Centre
- Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,School holidays
Where the past meets the present get up close & personal with the only
T-REX in Australia Marvel at Velociraptor made infamous in the smash movie JURASSIC PARK see some of the smallest & tallest meat eaters Dinosaurs (MEAT EATERS DYEING TO MEET YOU). Interact with the living Dinosaurs, the Birds & Reptiles of todays world. Rare Pythons, Dragon Lizards, & Parrots from all over the world including Giant Macaws from the Amazon.
Learn about the conservation of the endangered native Black Cockatoos including the Spectacular Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo & Carnaby's Black Cockatoo, The Reptile Handling Sessions at 11AM & 2PM Daily are a favourite with all get to Hold a Python or two watch the Dragon Lizards fed, The Parkland setting has picnic & BBQ facilities, Gift shop, Espresso Coffee, Gourmet Home Made Pies. OPEN DAILY 9.30- 4.30. (EXCEPT XMAS DAY) DONT FORGET THE CAMERA
51 Bandit Rd
6333 Between Denmark & Walpole (15mins from the Tree Top Walk)
08 98 408335
- 0402 966 920
Join the Denmark Dragon Boat Club for their Sunday dragon boat paddling sessions!
- Open days/Times:Sundays
- Suited For:Adults (18+)
- Open Days:Sunday
A long, kayak-like boat, dragon boats originate from the Guangdong Province of China and have a history steeped in family tradition. Boating enthusiasts and newcomers alike can get involved in Denmark's regular dragon boat paddling event days, taking place every Sunday morning.
See the Denmark Community Resource Centre for more information.
- 08 9848 1568
At Karisma Spa Denmark, our goal is to make rebalancing your mind, body and spirit the ultimate health, beauty and wellness experience.
- Open Days:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
We understand how important it is to take care of yourself and how little time there may be to make that happen. We want your time with us to be so relaxing and uplifting that you will leave Karisma Spa glowing and ready for the world again. Relax your mind, revitalise your body, rediscover yourself.
Karisma Spa is more than a facility to receive a service, purchase a product or a gift voucher. Karisma's inviting atmosphere welcomes visitors to leave their stress at the door. Located in the picturesque setting of Karma Chalets, a guest is greeted with a friendly and sincere welcome.
Some of our treatments and rituals are massage including Hot Stone, Aromatherapy and the NEW Warm Bamboo massage, far infrared sauna, beauty treatments and hydro body experiences which feature the amazing 'Pamper Pod' where steam assists the absorption of essential oils whilst Vichy jets and Waterfall showers rinse away product and your cares.
- (08) 9840 9262
From the weird to the wonderful, the Pentland Alpaca Stud and Animal Farm lets you get up close to all sorts of animals.
- Activity:Animal Farm
- Suited For:Families
- Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
Pentland is one of the largest animal parks in the state. Located 20km west of Denmark off the Scotsdale Tourist Drive, it has become a popular attraction with both adults and children.
Originally the property was used as just an alpaca stud and today there are over 70 that spend their days grazing on the property’s picturesque slopes. While the alpacas are still one of the major attractions, the addition of koalas, kangaroos, pigs, horses, dingos, a North American bison, Scottish Highland cattle, ferrets, deer and more has turned the stud into so much more.
The farm is designed to be hands-on. Visitors can walk amongst and feed alpacas, stroke koalas, cuddle joeys, be climbed over by a goat, chat to a galah, nurse rabbits and come eye to eye with the huge bison (the only one in WA). There’s even a friendly pet dingo pup named Ernee, rescued recently from the Nullarbor.
One of the most exciting things about Pentland is that they always have babies. Bottle feeding of the farm babies commences at 3pm every day. Usually it’s joeys, extremely cute and fluffy Scottish highland calves, lambs, kids and piglets being fed. Owner Debbie Maddams was quick to tell us that the adults usually get more of a buzz out of the feeding sessions than the children.
Along with the Alpacas, the other main stars of the Pentland show are the Koalas. Visitors can pat them at any time and feeding is at 10am daily. As koalas tend to sleep for most of the day, this is the best time to catch them awake if you’re looking for classic Kodak moments.
At the bottom of the farm are two small dams stocked year round with Rainbow Trout. Guests are welcome to bring their own rod and bait, alternatively you can hire the gear at the farm. You can keep what you catch, but you’ll pay five dollars for each fish you take home.
If you’re planning to spend the best part of the day at the farm, it’s a good idea to take along a picnic hamper. There’s plenty of shaded barbecue areas and an undercover alfresco area adjoining the kiosk. While the kiosk only sells tea, coffee and snacks, it does serve lunch during the school holidays and is available for group bookings. BYO wine is allowed and no corkage is charged.
Before you head home via some of Denmark’s excellent wineries, make sure you pay Pentland’s large craft gallery a visit. Called the Old Craft Shop & Alpaca Boutique, you’ll find ceramics and paintings by West Australian artist Wendy Binks. There are also souvenirs, toys, woodcraft and an exquisite range of alpaca garments and wool. For more information on the farm call (08) 9840 9262.
- 0415 840 216
Day and camping tours in Denmark, Albany and Stirling Ranges. All of this with your knowledgeable guide, Joey Williams, Elder of the Koreng people.
- Suited For:Adults (18+),Seniors,Families,Kids (4 - 12),Teens (13 - 17)
- Open days/Times:Daily
- Tour Duration:1.5 hours - 6 days
- Tour Price:$75 - $2000
- Activity:Aboriginal Bushfoods,Aboriginal Music, Art & Dance,Aboriginal Owned & Operated
- Tour Capacity:Min of 2 people
- Tour Locations:Various locations
Poornarti Aboriginal Tours offers 4 different tours as well as the option to customise a personal tour to suit your needs and interests. The 4 tours on offer are: Kwoorabup Kinjarling Day Tour, SoulCamps, Vibrational Healing and Water Nurture Tour, and the Stirling Range Tour.
DENMARK/KWOORABUP TOUR DETAILS:
Learn of hunting and farming practices, the impacts of colonisation and the Stolen Generation, the importance of the Dreamtime and songlines and much more.
Cost, $165 per person, $145 concession (pensioner, health care card), $ 75 per child under 15, $450 family (2 adults, 2 children), $600 group (4 adults). Minimum 2 person.
SOULCAMP TOUR DETAILS:
This cultural camp is held at Mount Trio Bush and Caravan Park, in the heart of the iconic Stirling Ranges in Western Australia. The camp runs from 22nd to 27th November 2019. With an Aboriginal Elder as your host and guide, you will gain knowledge of indigenous truths. Invited, facilitators, practitioners, mentors and people with expertise in play, ceremony, healing and nature connection, will guide our group at different times throughout the camp.
Cost, Prices are inclusive of all meals, camp fees, camping equipment (tent, air bed and sleeping bag) and activities.
VIBRATIONAL HEALING AND WATER NURTURE TOUR DETAILS:
Departing 10am, pick ups from Denmark, and surrounds. Duration, 1.5 -2hrs, dependent on numbers. Minimum 2 persons. 15 yrs+ only.
Experience a unique Noongar healing technique that has been passed down through generations of Mubarrn (law men). You will be taken to a significant water location and receive a traditional reconnection smoking ceremony, a water nurture and a vibrational water healing. Bathers and towels required.
Cost, $165 per person, $140 concession (pension, healthcare card), $600 group (4 persons).
STIRLING RANGE TOUR DETAILS:
On this full day excursion with Poornarti Aboriginal Tours, your guide is Joey Williams, an Elder and Lore Man of the Koreng people and a talented artist. As a child he lived in the bush with his family and the traditional knowledge of living in harmony with Mother Earth, was passed on to him.
Full day tour led by Joey Williams and assistant. All transfers in air conditioned 13 seater mini bus. Morning tea, lunch and complimentary water bottle. Unique souvenir for each participant.
Scenic drives with on board commentary.
Visit significant sites including Bluff Knoll, Moingup Springs and the Lake of Many Colours.
Participation in Noongar song and dance.
Traditional Art Demonstration.
Bush tucker walk.
Artefact show and tell.
Cost, $265 per person, Child under 15 and concession card holders $227, Family (2 adults, 2 children) $925, Group 4 adults $995, Group 6 adults $1320,
Group 10 adults $2000
- 1300 885 807
If you’re looking for a wine tasting with a difference, book in for our exclusive private tasting experience. We’ll take you through a selection of our very best wines and the history of Singlefile.
- Course Duration:Approximately 1 hour
- Activity:Food & Drink
- Suited For:Adults Only
If you’re looking for a wine tasting with a difference, book in for one of our exclusive ‘A Sense of Place’ tours. You’ll be greeted warmly by your Singlefile host at our award-winning Cellar Door with a glass of sparkling then led on a tour of our grounds and estate vineyard. In our Private Tasting Room we’ll take you through selected current vintage varietals and back vintages from our museum, as well as a special barrel tasting. A true behind-the-scenes insight into Singlefile’s history, vineyard and people that showcases the best of the Great Southern wine region.
- 9848 2173
St Leonard's Angelican Church is located on Strickland Street in Denmark, Western Australia.
- Open days/Times:Sundays & by appointment
- Suited For:Families
- Open Days:Sunday
One of the oldest churches in Denmark, St Leonards is located in the heart of the city and offers traditional Anglican worship, challenging preaching, and a lively Christian community for people of all ages
Stash Coffee roasts consistently delicious specialty coffee in Denmark, WA.
- Open days/Times:Open 7 days a week, 11am-5pm
- Activity:Coffee Roaster
Based on the Singlefile Wines property in the beautiful Scotsdale Valley outside Denmark, Stash Coffee are roasters, wholesalers and retailers of freshly roasted specialty coffee.
Stash Coffee is proud to announce that we were the recipients of two medals at the Golden Bean Coffee Roasters Competition 2016.
The Compak Golden Bean is the world’s largest coffee roaster competition and conference. This competition awards Australia’s best coffee roasting business with coffees being judged as espresso, milk and filter beverages.
We were one of only two Western Australian coffee roasters to receive two medals.
The medal winning coffees will be available for the next few months, whilst stock lasts, along with other notable single origin coffees and our Heroes and Curve blends.
It’s been a busy time at the Stash Roastery looking after the newest cafes that we are supplying, Denmark Gelato Company in Denmark, Three Anchors in Albany, and Windrush Wines in Mount Barker.
We also offer online sales, contract roasting services and work one-on-one with cafes to develop a blend to suit their needs.
- (08) 9848 2055
Wonder through three levels of the former butter factory to see contemporary craft by skilled WA artists and beautiful antiques and collectibles from the Languedoc, Southern France.
- Suited For:Families
- Activity:Food & Drink
The gallery also features local artists, ceramics, jarrah and sheoak woodwork and emu and herb products.
- 08 9848 3360
Inspirational gifts from worldwide cultures. These include affirmation blankets, new world flags, Talisman, Native American flutes, dowsin rods, statues, and so much more to assist on your spiritual journey.