Maps are available from the Denmark Visitor Centre.
For online maps of the scenic drives please click here.
Scotsdale Scenic Drive
This tourist route extends 34kms from Denmark along Scotsdale Road to McLeod Road before it joins the South Coast Highway, and then connects to William Bay Road.
Drive through towering karri trees and lush forests, vineyards and farms. The route will introduce you to a number of charming galleries, studios and workshops. An orchard, wineries and Alpaca stud and animal farm will tempt you to stop along the way. There are also many stops that offer great vantage points for ocean views.
From Denmark Visitor Centre, drive east along South Coast Highway and turn left into Hollings Road (which turns into Horsley Road) and then right into Scotsdale Road. Suitable for caravans.
Extended Scotsdale Scenic Drive
For those interested in a full-day drive, take the Scotsdale Scenic Drive but instead of returning to South Coast Highway via McLeod Road, continue westwards along Scotsdale Road, traveling through farmland (sections of this road are unsealed). Return to South Coast Highway via Parker Road. Not suitable for caravans.
Mt Shadforth Scenic Drive
This drive affords changing scenes of pastured farmland with cattle grazing, to forest and ocean vistas. There are also stunning distant views to the Porongurup Range and Stirling Range. From the Denmark Visitor Centre, drive east along South Coast Highway and turn left into Strickland Street and then immediately left into Mt Shadforth Road. Follow the road as it meanders through farmland and vineyards. Approximately 7kms from town, turn left into Mohr Drive and drive to the Mt Shadforth Lookout affording sweeping views of the Ocean and Wilson Inlet. Return to Mt Shadforth Road and continue your journey through the magnificent karri forests and stop at a few wineries and other attractions (this section of road is unsealed). Return to South Coast Highway via McLeod Road. Not suitable for caravans.
Youngs Siding to Walpole Scenic Drive
Travel from Youngs Siding and turn left onto South Coast Highway travelling towards Denmark and Walpole. Along the way stop in and visit the berry farms, galleries, cafes, leather works, chocolatiers, wineries, the Meadery and many other attractions. Suitable for caravans.
Nornalup on the Frankland River to Circular Pool
Drive east on South Coast Highway to Hill Top Road. From Hilltop Lookout there are magnificent views of the majestic Frankland River. A short walk through the forest leads to the Giant Tingle Tree. Form here you can continue back down to the highway, or follow the road to Circular Pool. It is splendid in winter when the tannins in the water froth like cappuccino. Structured platforms and trails meander through the forest and along the river banks. Return via the North Walpole Road. (This route is unsealed). Not suitable for caravans.
Nornalup to Conspicuous Cliff and Ficifolia Tourist Drive
Nornalup, on the South Coast Highway, started as a railhead and farming settlement nestled on the majestic Frankland River. You can fish from the banks, launch a boat or hire a canoe and paddle to Monastery Landing. Drive east to Station Road into Ficifolia road to Conspicuous Cliffs beach. From Conspicuous Cliffs lookout, whales can be seen between May and October. Steps and a boardwalk provide easy access to the magnificent beach, ideal for beach combing or surfing for the more energetic.
Return to South Coast Highway via Ficifolia Road (unsealed road) where, in late spring, the ficifolia trees (Corymbia Ficifolia) are ablaze with pink, orange and red flowers. One of the most planted ornamental eucalyptus trees, yet its natural range is about one square kilometre and can be seen on Ficifolia Road Tourist Drive. Not suitable for caravans.
Bow Bridge to Peaceful Bay
Bow Bridge began as a timber milling and farming settlement on the banks of the pristine Bow River which flows into the Irwin Inlet, only a short drive from Peaceful Bay, a popular holiday destination and residential hamlet. The imaginative names on the homes are very entertaining. The calm waters of Peaceful Bay make it a perfect destination for swimming, fishing from the beach and to launch a boat for deep-sea fishing. There is an undercover electric barbeque and picnic area, public telephone, toilet and shower for swimmers. From the base of the steps leading to Peaceful Bay beach, walk to the mouth of the Irwin Inlet or west on the Bibbulmun Track to where the seals sunbathe.
Heading north on Peaceful Bay Road, the Irwin Inlet Picnic Area is a great spot to appreciate the abundant bird life, fish from the banks or launch a small boat. The Irwin Inlet and Bow River are havens for native fauna. In spring, the heath is ablaze with wildflowers and kangaroos graze here all year round. Suitable for caravans.