By Jeff & Jody
With the school holidays approaching at a great rate of knots, we thought this would be a timely blog post. This blog is not only for our guests who visit during the school holidays, but for anyone who visits beautiful Denmark, Western Australia.
We are a tad besotted with the South Coast Region. We are often asked about suggestions for a to do list from first time visitors to our beautiful town. So whether you are travelling as a family, couple, with friends, wine lovers or nature lovers, Denmark has something to offer everyone.
ATTRACTIONS ALONG SOUTH COAST HIGHWAY:
When travelling from Celestine Retreat, West towards Walpole, Swiss Annie’s Chocolate Lounge, is definitely worth a visit. We love the proper hot chocolate, coffee, chocolates, liqueurs and the gorgeous gardens. We find the Chocolate Lounge very conducive to relaxing and enjoying some down time.
While you are heading towards Walpole and the Valley of the Giants take in a visit to Green's Pool and Elephant Rocks, a part of William Bay National Park, one of the most photographed places in the Great Southern. Make sure that you go down the steps and between the 2 rocks through to Elephant Cove, to make the most of your visit to Elephant Rocks.
Bartholomew’s Meadery honey products include honey wine and serves delicious honey ice-cream. We recently discovered they also sell a lovely mulled wine which we are keen to try. I find their working hive, where you can observe the inner workings, fascinating.
The Toffee Factory make their own toffees, A Bit on the Side and Elephant Rock Cider. The Toffee Factory are famous for their ice-creams and if you need something savoury Bratwursts are available. As we have sampled most of their toffees, and a reasonable amount of A Bit on the Side, we can highly recommend taking a refreshment break there.
Denmark Dinosaur World & Parrot Jungle, Bird & Reptile Park has replica dinosaur skeletons, live reptiles and of course, a wonderful collection of birds and kangaroos. Many of the birds are out of their cages and may climb on your shoulder for a photo opportunity.
Jassi Leather Works beautifully crafted products are made on the premises, this together with a picturesque location, makes for a very pleasurable experience. Recently I decided to purchase a new pair of ugg boots, having not owned a pair for some years. My feet are very happy and feel like they are floating on clouds. I will be visiting again soon, as they have a lovely collection of scarves that caught my eye.
We tell all of our guests to visit the Valley of the Giants. The Eucalypts are specific to this small area and the only place in the world where Giant Tingle Trees grow. If you take the tourist drive off South Coast Highway, you will also find Valley of Giants Organic Olives and Wine. The drive provides some spectacular scenery.
As a separate excursion, start the day with a Walpole WOW Tour which is fantastically entertaining and educational. Next head to the Swarbrick Art Loop, art in the forest, which is quite stunning, then continue onto Circular Pools which is fascinating because two pools flow in a circular motion. A lovely spot for a picnic. I would suggest this is a pretty full day out. Wow! I am just exhausted writing this.
Don’t forget Conspicuous Cliffs, Light's Beach, Parry's Beach, Green's Pool and Elephant Rocks, the coastline is pretty spectacular to explore too!
How many nights were you planning on spending in Denmark? We found, prior to living here, 2 or 3 is …. just not quite enough.
Denmark To Do List Part 2 Scotsdale Rd coming soon
Please check for opening times and entry prices.
Southcoast Highway provides plenty of options to occupy a full day, or more.
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