Denmark offers a range of experiences as diverse as the scenery around it -
visitors will find some of Australia's finest wineries, discover a wealth of
creative artistry, and explore world-class natural attractions, enjoying a wide
range of accommodation and facilities, to suit everyone from five-star
travellers to backpackers, from singles to families.
Today, Denmark is the jewel in the crown of the south coast region: a thriving,
diverse community which proudly proclaims its special place and unique
The quickest route from Perth
is via Albany Highway, travelling first through jarrah forest and then through
open, agricultural land, turning off onto Muir Highway at Mount Barker and then
onto the Denbarker Road. An alternative, perhaps more scenic, route is via South
West Highway, which takes in the Blackwood River Valley and a lot of tall timber
country, and passes through Walpole en route to Denmark.
Aborigines had already inhabited the area for more than 40,000
years when, in 1829, Thomas Braidwood Wilson became the first European to
explore the region, naming the local river (called 'Kurrabup' by the indigenous
people) in honour of his friend, English naval surgeon Dr Alexander Denmark.
National Parks, including the world famous Tree Top Walk in the Valley of the
Giants a 600 metre walkway through the canopy of an ancient red tingle forest,
while the ground level Ancient Empire introduces the visitor to veteran trees up
to 16 metres in circumference.
Denmark wine region offers delightful premium wines, from vineyards set amidst
the area's natural beauty. The fine, high quality local wines have distinct,
recognisable, regional characteristics, with the gentle summer temperatures and
higher winter rainfall being particularly suited to Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc,
Pinot Noir and Merlot. The first vines were planted in 1976, at Tinglewood
Wines, using cuttings from Mount Barker. The first vintage occurred in 1980 -
though it was to be another ten years before a second vineyard commenced, at
Karriview Wines, quickly followed by a host of new vineyards since. Today there
are around 14 cellar door operations, with a variety of associated attractions
including gardens, picnic areas, barbecue facilities and restaurants.
Some people believe that there is an 'art magnet' hidden somewhere in Denmark,
because of the number and quality of artisans and galleries in the area. There
are people working in clay, woodturning, wood carving and sculpting, furniture
making, lead lighting, glass fusing, watercolours, oils and acrylics, metalwork,
quilting, chainsaw sculpting, bead and jewellery making, textiles, mosaics,
photography ... and just about anything else you can think of!
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