We were driving across the Great South West Edge, the name given to the drive between Esperance and Perth in Western Australia, and were intrigued by a little town called Denmark. The town with a villagey vibe, was named ofter the naval surgeon Alexander Denmark, Physician of the Fleet that discovered the river in 1829. We heard it was a pretty little town located on Wilson Inlet and the Denmark River with a rugged stretch of coastline and towering forests. Plus we also heard that a must-see is the 15 km drive out to William Bay National Park spectacular beaches.
But firstly I recommend you take a drive out to Ocean Beach that is set between Wilson Inlet and the Great Southern Ocean, a popular surf spot. Ocean Beach is a must-visit while in Denmark and from the look-out there are majestic views of the surf beach as well as the calm darker waters of the Wilson Inlet.
William Bay National Park is characterised by the turquoise green waters of Greens Pool, white sandy beaches and the towering granite rocks of Elephant Rocks. The turquoise green waters are edged by huge granite boulders with Greens Pool being the centrepiece of the park. This ‘green’ crystal clear water does not compare to any other beach I’ve ever visited. It is the perfect place for swimming, snorkelling, relaxing or exploring the granite rocks. Although on the day we visited the water was icy cold!
William Bay National Park is accessible via the South Coast Highway between Denmark and Walpole. The national park comprises of 1734 hectares including coastal terrain and vegetation, with:
The walk to Elephant Rocks
As far as ocean swimming spots go, Greens Pool could not be surpassed, especially for families with young kids. It is basically a huge, natural ocean swimming pool of crystal clear water, edged by a pristine beach of pure white sand and enclosed by rows of dome-shaped granite boulders.
The off-shore rocks, along with the tall headland behind the beach, provide perfect shelter against the wave swell and wind. The ocean water remains calm, tranquil and perfectly safe during all types of weather conditions.
With a small stretch of the imagination, these tall rounded boulders of Elephant Rocks resemble a herd of elephants bathing in the cold Southern Ocean waters. To get the best angle they are best viewed from up on the headland.
From here, you can walk out onto the tops of the rocks where you can sunbake and gaze down into the clear green water of Elephant Cove. But make sure you descend the staircase and walk between two massive boulders (elephant sized boulders) out onto the beach. On the shores of Elephant Cove beach, you can view the rocks from a different angle, and go for a swim between them.
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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