Denmark’s stunning coastal scenery is in full glory on this self drive tour.
From the Visitor Centre, follow South Coast Highway into the town centre and turn right at Hollings Road, just near the bridge.
This road follows the Kwoorabup River with ample parking just near the old railway bridge.
Turn left just after the bridge and continue to the public boat launching facilities at the river mouth where you can experience an array of birdlife as well as enjoying time on the water.
Take a short walk over the old railway bridge that used to connect Denmark and Nornalup for timber haulage or visit the Old Post Office historical precinct.
Continue along Inlet Drive, stopping at Poison Point Lookout for stunning views.
Turn left into Ocean Beach road and follow the road to the Denmark Surf Club where you can take a walk down to the beach or continue along the unsealed road to the three stunning lookouts.
It is here that much of the movie Breath was filmed.
Return via Ocean Beach Road, turning left into Lights Road and then left onto Lights Beach Road.
The eastern end of this popular beach is dog friendly, whilst the western end is the local nudist beach.
Continue on Lights Road to the South Coast highway (3km of unsealed, narrow road, unsuitable for caravans).
Turn left onto South Coast Highway for 4km turning into the parking area for stunning views of Point Hillier.
The turnoff to the William Bay National Park is at the bottom of the hill and takes you to the famous Greens Pool with its fantastic snorkelling trails, Elephant Rocks, Madfish Bay and Waterfall Beach.
Famous for its turquoise green waters edged by huge granite boulders, Greens Pool is the centrepiece of William Bay National Park.
It is a perfect place for swimming, snorkelling, relaxing or exploring the granite rocks.
Sheltered pools, channels, granite terraces, off shore islands, rock pools, and wild, windswept beaches provide many different habitats for marine life and birds.
Shorebirds nest on the beaches, colourful fish inhabit the rock pools and whales and dolphins pass by further out to sea.
A characteristic feature of the national parks on the south coast such as William Bay is that wildflowers may be found at any time of the year. There is a peak of flowering in spring but even in the hottest weather, flowers can be found, especially in the concealed habitats under the karri tees or under the dense coastal shrubs. Keep a lookout for the many species of orchids that grow in the park.
Hooded Plovers and other shorebirds are sometimes seen on the beaches of William Bay National Park. Sit quietly and watch how each of the birds move and feed – they are all so very different. The presence of dogs on beaches deters birds from nesting. Help to ensure that shorebirds feel safe to nest by leaving your dogs at home.
William Bay National Park is accessible via the South Coast Highway between Denmark and Walpole.
There is a short walk trail between Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks.
For those who want a longer walk, why not walk past Greens Pool to Mazzoletti Beach? This wild and windswept beach stretches from the rocks west of Greens Pool in a graceful curve to Parry’s Beach.
The Bibbulmun Track passes through William Bay National Park.
We recognise and acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of William Bay National Park.
Remember to leave your pets behind.
The last three locations are on unsealed roads; not suitable for caravans; and parking can be busy over peak summer periods.
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