HEMA Map reference 74/K5
34 57' 32" S 117 21' 19" E
Buildings of note
January: Markets. April: Easter markets. September: Olive oil festival. December: Market day.
known as Koorabup (place of the black swan) the town was later named after
Dr. Alexander Denmark in 1839. The town is located at the foot of Mt Shadforth beside the Denmark River.
A railway linked the town to Albany and the timber company built 45 miles of tramways to transport timber.
Much of the infrastructure and buildings in the area was destroyed by a huge bush fire in 1937 but thankfully there was no loss of life.
The railway ceased to operate in 1957 and it was not until the area became a popular tourist destination during the summer months that any real increase in population was evident.
Review : Penrose Cottage, Mt. Lindsay Road. (Feb 2012)
Penrose cottage is located on a farm about 12 kilometres north of Denmark town. It is reached by taking Scotsdale Tourist Drive and turning right into the unsealed (but well maintained) Mt. Lindsay Road. The cottage is well signposted and easy to find on the left hand side of the road as you head north.
Penrose Cottage sleeps six people and is very reasonably priced, especially considering the fact that you have it exclusively to yourself. There are three bedrooms, (two queen and two single beds). The cottage comes complete with everything you will need for either a few nights or a couple of weeks stay. At the end of the day when you have been exploring the area you can come back and relax, watch a DVD, listen to music, have a BBQ and play with Flossy, the 'wonder dog' who is always eager to teach new guests how to throw a stick or ball.
We enjoyed our stay there very much and happily recommend Penrose to anyone who is thinking of staying in the Denmark area. To book or find out more about the cottage click here.
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Thanks to Bert Bolle Denmark was home to the largest barometer ever constructed. Bert and his wife emigrated from the Netherlands where Bert ran a barometer museum for 12 years. He built the world's largest barometer and displayed it in his museum but when he moved to Australia he didn't want to leave his creation behind.
The barometer was incorporated in the new Visitor Centre (built in 2007) where a special tower was constructed to hold it. Sadly it appears that greed led Mr. Bolle to request the return of the barometer and he is currently seeking a new location for the barometer which he wants made freely available to all.
Bolle's Press Release to find out what happened.
Self drive tours.
Scotsdale Tourist Drive. Howard Park, Madfish Wines, Denmark Berry Farm on Lantzke Road, Jonathan Hook Studio Ceramics, Denmark Farmhouse Cheese, McLeod Road Pentland Alpaca Farm, South Coast Highway towards William Bay National Park, Greens Pool, Elephant Rocks, Madfish Bay. On the way back to town - Denmark Maze on Lapko Road.
Mount Shadforth Scenic Drive. Leave town and drive into the hills to the north of Denmark. The Lakehouse Denmark on Turner Road, Mohr Drive over-looking Wilson Inlet, Nullaki Peninsula and the Southern Ocean. Turn left into Mcleod Road and left into South Coast Highway to return to town or turn right onto South Coast Highway and drive west to the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk. (Denmark Dinosaur and Birdlife Park is on the way.)
Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk. Leave town and drive west on South Coast Highway past William Bay National Park. Wineries and Meadery where pure honey products and Mead is for sale. Further west to Jassi Leather Works, then to the Old Kent River Winery and Restaurant. West again is the Spiral Studio. On Parker Road is Moombaki Wines, then back on the highway turn right into Bandit Road to Denmark Dinosaur World and Parrot Jungle Bird and Reptile Park. Next comes Bow Bridge Roadhouse, turn left into Peaceful Bay Road to Peaceful Bay. The Bibbulmun Track passes along the coast here and both seals and whales can be seen in May and June. Go back along Peaceful Bay Road and turn into Ficifolia Road, to Nut Hill Lookout and then to Conspicuous Cliff with its whale watch platform. Lastly go to Nornalup via Beach Road where you can canoe, fish or launch a boat into the Frankland River.