This touring route explores the wilderness coastline and farming communities to the east of Denmark.
From the Denmark Visitor Centre take the South Coast Highway towards Albany, turning right on to the Lower Denmark Road and then right on to Eden R road.
The Nullaki Peninsula is a gated conservation area with public access.
Explore the walking trails along Wilson Inlet at Pelican Point, go beachcombing at Anvil beach or snorkelling at the Aquarium.
On your return to the Lower Denmark Road, you will have the opportunity to visit the blueberry farm (summer only) and taste Australian native bushfoods at a local cafe.
Take Tennessee South Road to Lowlands Beach for a stunning lookout above this popular fishing and surfing spot.
Return to the Lower Denmark Road and continue until you see Cosy Corner Road.
Visit the beautiful calm beaches at the Cosy Corner picnic area, grab a bite to eat at the local cafe, and be inspired by work on show at the glass studio.
Shelley Beach Lookout in the West Cape Howe National Park, affords spectacular views of the crescent beach below, as well as the Albany coastline and windfarm (unsealed).
West Cape Howe National Park lies on the southern coast between Albany and Denmark.
Granite-bounded Shelley Beach is the easiest site to visit and offers good fishing and a low-key campground. If you have a high-clearance four-wheel drive, the soaring cliffs and crashing surf at West Cape Howe should not be missed, and Dunsky Beach and Torbay Head (the southernmost point of Western Australia) also warrant visits.
Few facilities are provided in this wild area yet it attracts campers, bushwalkers and keen fishers. Shelley Beach Lookout is a prime launching site for hang-gliders and offers bushwalking on a short boardwalk. The Bibbulmun Track crosses the park. Golden Gates Beach has a renowned surf break.
Inland, the park rises to the north, with coastal heaths giving way to jarrah and sheoak and to tall karri forest near the park entrance.
Torbay Head, named by English navigator George Vancouver in 1792, is the southernmost point in Western Australia.
The southern coastline has a notorious record for accidents and deaths due to people slipping or being washed into the ocean by unexpected waves, gusting winds or extra large swells. Please exercise extreme caution and don’t risk being the next victim. Stay well back from cliff edges.
When fishing please wear a Personal Flotation Device or life vest. Rock fishing is extremely dangerous on this coastline and is not recommended.
Four-wheel drive tracks are only suitable for high clearance vehicles. The tracks are narrow with encroaching vegetation. Please drive slowly and be aware of oncoming traffic.
Two-wheel drive vehicles can reach Shelley Beach and the nearby lookout, but other sites within the park require high clearance four-wheel drive (make sure you have a tyre pressure gauge and a tyre pump). Park features can also be reached by bushwalking along the sandy four-wheel drive tracks.
We recognise and acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of West Cape Howe National Park.
Reduce tyre pressure, bring recovery gear and observe the Code of the Coast.
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