Denmark

The South coast town of Demark is home to around 2,500 residents and boasts a range of cafés, exhibitions, wineries, walk trails, wildflowers and whale watching experiences. It has all the facilities of a medium sized country town. A great place to equip yourself with local information is the Denmark Visitor Centre, which is just off the Trail at the junction of South Coast Highway and Ocean Beach Road. There’s plenty of attractions in town with the historic fire station, old butter factory, Denmark’s first school, and the popular drinking hole the Denmark Hotel. Water lovers can hire canoes, motorboats, paddleboats or aqua bikes and have fun on the river. Throw in a line for herring, salmon and bream at Lights Beach or just kick back and watch the waves crashing over the rocks at Wilson Head and Lions Lookout.

The final section of the Trail goes through Youngs Siding, a small community with a general store 26.7km from Denmark. The Trail then precedes a further 22.4km onward toward Torbay, a small historic town of fewer than 500 residents. Torbay Head is the most southerly point on the mainland of WA and the most westerly point of the Great Australian Bight. Only a few kilometres off the Trail lies Cosy Corner, a beautiful beach with camping and picnic facilities. Less than 10km down the Trail from Torbay lies another small town called Elleker which hosts a general store and tavern. From here, the southern terminus of the entire Munda Biddi Trail is only 16.6km away in Albany.

Town History

In the late 1800s and timber industry started in the area and by 1900 there was a population of 2000 – almost that of current times. However, over exploitation of the timber resources lead to the total collapse of the local karri timber industry within half a decade. The population declined dramatically until after World War II when the town started to become a popular holiday destination. Since then, viticulture, beef production and dairy farming have joined timber milling as major local industries.

For more information on the ride from/to Denmark see the Section by Section guide.

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