Trip Start Jul 25, 2012
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Where I stayed
Denmark Rivermouth Caravan Park
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Denmark is a charming town located on the banks of the Denmark River.
The caravan park I stayed in was right on the inlet and the view...fabulous.
As soon as I had settled, I grabbed the dogs and strolled down to the waters edge where hundreds of pelicans and ducks were floating gracefully on the still water. The only movement was a few ripples made by the occasional bird flying in and 'hitting the runway' and landing with perfect precision.
The dogs were in a wild frenzy seeing so many birds and almost tore my arm off trying to run after them. However, the best was to come. As I continued along the water's edge I was astonished and surprised to see a huge Goanna 'sun-baking' on a small patch of sand. I was lucky enough to get a photo before it took off...into the water. I had no idea they swam.
Even the fisherman standing near me was astounded at the sight of it diving under water and coming up a few metres later.
Learn something every day.
I was only going to stay one night but decided to stay an extra one so rather than packing the van up, I walked 1.5kms into town and back to buy some food. The walk there was easy...coming back with a coupe of kilos on my shoulder, not as.
Finally time to leave this lovely spot and as I missed the turn off to Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks on my way in to Denmark, I doubled back the 20 odd kms and then did the scenic tour back to Denmark before pottering along to Albany. I didn't actually see Elephant Rocks so have cheated with a copy...
The Coast line of the Denmark area was observed for the first time in 1627 by the Dutchman François Thijssen, captain of the ship 't Gulden Seepaert (The Golden Seahorse). Two centuries later, when the first white people entered the land around the present Denmark River, the area was inhabited by the Noongar. These aborigines called the river and the inlet Kwoorabup, which means 'place of the black wallaby' (kwoor). The Noongar disappeared out of the Denmark region in the beginning of the 20th century.Leeuwin Land was the old Dutch name for the Denmark area, in which the present Denmark River can be found. The river was discovered in 1829 by the naval doctor Thomas Braidwood Wilson, the first white man to explore the area. Wilson, who was assisted on his explorations by the Noongar man, Mokare, made reports about the soil and the enormous trees and named the river after his colleague and friend, the English doctor Alexander Denmark. The name of Denmark has nothing to do with Denmark in Europe, although many workmen in the wood trade migrated from Scandinavia to the region when milling became a booming business.
Around 1885, timber leases were taken out in the Denmark River area, and 15 years later milling was at its peak with Denmark having a population of around 2,000. A railway line from Denmark to Albany was built to transport the karri timber, which was a wanted article all over the world. Many roads in London were paved with karri blocks, and British houses were built with timber from Denmark. However, resource depletion soon resulted in a total collapse of the timber industry. The population declined dramatically, and started to revive only with the introduction of the Group Settlement Scheme in the 1920's. Small farms of 40 ha (100 acres) were cleared from woodland to create pasture for cattle, dairying and orcharding, mainly apples. Conditions were often poor and some of the small farmers could hardly survive. They worked in one of the timber mills operating around the middle of the 20th century. By the 1960's the population had increased to 1,500 and Denmark was becoming attractive to alternative life-stylers and early retirees. Intensive agriculturists such as wine growers had discovered the value of the rich karri loam for their vineyards. Riesling and Chardonnay were the first grapes grown on Denmark soil, soon followed by other varieties. Within 50 years the area became a wine subregion of critical acclaim, as part of the Great Southern Wine Region. The first winery, Tinglewood, opened in 1976, and by 2008, over twenty vineyards had been established around Denmark.Tourism started when American soldiers, stationed in Albany during World War II, made outings to Denmark. After the war, Denmark became a popular holiday destination for Western Australians.
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