Cool climate wines and spectacular coastline, why wouldn’t Denmark’s surrounds, like Greens Pool and Rainbow Bay, be number 79 on Australian Traveller’s ‘100 amazing places you haven’t been to yet’. Nominated by: Matthew Evans, author and television host
Tasmania’s Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans cites the area around Denmark, over the other side of the country, as an absolute highlight.
“I do love that countryside. It’s just gorgeous – probably my favourite area in WA.”
This is cool-climate wine-growing country, he says, and there are some fabulous vineyards nestled in amongst the farmland and forests. Plus some great cellar doors; if you’ve got a day free do a food and wine tour (pick up a trail guide from Denmark Tourism or join a tour with denmarkwinelovers.com.au).
If time’s limited, though, Evans says “I’d strongly recommend the Old Kent River Vineyard near Denmark. Absolutely cracking pinot noir; just joyous. And a pretty decent cellar door, too.” The Old Kent is also known for its bushland setting and the freshwater marron they serve at the restaurant. Oh, and the champagne scones.
Denmark itself is a laidback town with a slightly alternative vibe. You’re 400 kilometres from Perth, on a sweep of magnificent coastline and while there’s a swag of activities – cycling, bushwalking, trawling farm gates and foodie outlets – the beach is the number-one priority for many.
“My all-time favourite WA outpost is Greens Pool, in William Bay National Park around halfway between Albany and Denmark. I mean there’s really nothing there – not much more than just the beach – but it’s the most glorious place to be.”
Sheltered from the Great Southern Ocean, the beach is dotted with granite boulders. The crystalline water is calm; you can swim, snorkel, kayak, explore the rock pools or watch for whales and dolphins offshore.
As Evans explains, “mostly it’s just farmers on holidays who go down this way. It’s wonderful – I almost moved there. Well, that was before I moved to Tassie. But I still love it.”
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