Walking the trails of Denmark introduces you to the wide range of landscapes and rich history of the Denmark Shire. Encounter granite outcrops, tall forests and wildflowers, as well as the sheer beauty of Wilson Inlet and coastal scenery.
Evidence of long-term Aboriginal occupation, early sawmillers, post WWI Group Settlers and current life are encountered on several of the trails. You are welcome to share our special places, 'taking nothing but photos, leaving nothing but footprints'.
Maps and directions are available from the friendly staff at the Denmark Visitor Centre.
Munda Biddi Trail
A 1,000km long off-road cycling trail which starts in Mundaring and ends in Albany. The Trail takes riders through spectacular forest and farmland with access to Denmark's spectacular coast. Buy maps, hire bikes, and enquire about track transfers at the tour desk in the Denmark Visitor Centre.
Western Australia's world class long-distance walk trail stretches almost 1,000kms from the Perth hills to the south coast through some of the most beautiful and varied natural areas of the Great Southern. Buy maps and enquire about track transfers at the tour desk in the Denmark Visitor Centre.
Denmark-Nornalup Heritage Rail Trail
The trail mainly follows the route of the old railway line that existed from 1929-57. It is multi-use - for walkers, mountain bikers and in some sections for horse riders. Full details are available in the "Denmark-Nornalup Heritage Rail Trail Guide", available from the Denmark Visitor Centre.
Denmark River Water Trail 4km return. Launch your kayak or canoe at Berridge Park or the Denmark River mouth and explore the Denmark River. Giant karri trees line the shore. Great for bird watching.
Hay River Water Trail Launch your kayak or canoe at the Hay River and explore the river and the eastern edges of Wilson Inlet.
Wilson Inlet Water Trail Explore the edges of the Wilson Inlet. Launch your canoe or kayak at the Denmark Rivermouth or Poddy Shot Boat Launch. Explore Poison Point and Honeymoon Island. Note that the inlet can be choppy in windy weather.
Frankland River Water Trail Launch your kayak or canoe at Nornalup and paddle upstream to Monastery Landing or downstream to the Nornalup Inlet.
Harewood Forest Walk (1.2km return. Allow 40 minutes)
This trail winds upstream through karri forest with thick understory for about 600 metres, ending at a second picnic table. A rewarding walk for birdwatchers and wildflower hunters. Terrain/Grade is medium (some slopes and longer).
This easy short trail starts at the day use picnic area of the Wetlands Centre, 2.5km east of Denmark. The 300m trail to the 'Ornitarium' bird hide is marked and follows the edge of the paperback wetland.
Mokare Heritage Trail (3km circuit. Allow 45 minutes walking)
A pretty path that runs along the eastern and western edges of the Denmark River between the South Coast Highway bridge and the old rail bridge at the rivermouth. Karris and paperbarks, wildflowers, birds. Named after Mokare, an Aboriginal tribal leader from the Albany area who accompanied Dr Thomas Braidwood Wilson on his 1829 expedition to the Denmark district. The eastern side of the river is often impassable July-August. Terrain/Grade is easy (gentle slopes, if any).
Karri Walk (4km return. Allow 1.5 hours walking)
Starting at Barnett Street, winding through karri, paperbark and Yate Reserve. Picnic sites, wildflowers, birds.
Mt Lindesay Trail (10km return. Allow 4 hours walking)
This walk offers wildflowers (a popular spot for orchard hunting), particularly in spring, and panoramic views to the Stirling Range, Porongurup Range and Wilson Inlet from the summit. A 23km scenic drive along Scotsdale and Mt Lindesay Roads ends at a picnic area on the Denmark River at the foot of Mt Lindesay. The trail follows an old 4WD track for 2km through forest, and then a footpath through heathland and granite to the summit. Terrain/Grade is strenuous (steep grades and long distance).
Wilson Inlet Heritage Trail (12km return. 4 hours walking)
Commencing at the old railway bridge near the mouth of the Denmark River, the trail traverses a short stretch of river flats, meanders along the north shore of the inlet through eucalypt and banksia bushland, and then continues through more open scrub and to Crusoe Beach and the Hay River. Near the rivermouth, on the former railway reserve are some rolling stock and the railway turntable. The Old Post Office was relocated to this site in 1988 and is now used as a school site. Terrain/Grade is easy (gentle slopes, if any).
Poison Point Lookout (1km return. 30 minutes walking)
Walk from the lookout on Inlet Drive down a 4WD track to the inlet foreshore. In the vicinity is a dolerite dyke which Aborigines used for stone tools.
Little River Walk Trail (5km return. Allow 1.5 hours walking)
This section of the Bibbulmun Track runs along the wooded foreshore of Wilson Inlet from Rainbow Close to Campbell Road. Good for wildflowers in season and bird watching, especially at the Little River footbridge. Terrain/Grade is easy (gentle slopes, if any).
Kwoorabup Community Park
Located by the Denmark River, the main entrance to the park is a boardwalk constructed over ponds. The meandering path that follows the river foreshore passes picnic sites under three oak trees, and eventually leads to another exit at Scotsdale Road.
Town Heritage Walk
Please visit the Denmark Visitor Centre or Historical Museum (on Mitchell Street) to obtain the Denmark Historical Society walking brochure. The brochure directs you to, and provides a brief history on Denmark's heritage listed buildings and locations of historical significance.
Sheila Hill Trail (Mt Hallowell & Monkey Rock, 8km return. Allow 3-4 hours walking)
The Trail uses part of the Bibbulmun Track as its climbs through a beautiful karri forest. Start on Ocean Beach Road. The views from the summit are stunning. For a longer walk, continue down the other side to Monkey Rock.
Monkey Rock or Monkey Rock to Lights Beach (1.5km return. Allow 45 minutes walking)
Monkey Rock follow the Bibbulmun Track uphill from Monkery Rock car park (on Lights Road).
Monkey Rock to Lights Beach a trail through farmland and woodland to the magnificent coastal cliffs above Lights Beach.