Le Chic En Rose

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We’ve recently returned from a winter’s break down in the pretty southern coastal town of Denmark (the Western Australian town not the European country!). You may remember our daughter, Mlle, did a guest post on her trip to Denmark earlier this year (see here)?

After a gap of nearly 20 years since our last visit (on that occasion a day trip with friends from nearby Albany) we decided it was time for a revisit. Set a few kilometres inland from the Southern Ocean overlooking the peaceful Wilson Inlet, Denmark enjoys an idyllic location. Forests surround the town and the Inlet, which in turn wends its way out to the open ocean at Ocean Beach. There are plentiful walking trails, including a section of the Bibbulmun Track, rolling hills, vineyards and boutique farm and craft shops and cafes. All in all a perfect place to relax and get away from it all.

We arrived early evening after a 5 hour or so journey from Perth including a food stop. After weeks of heavy rain and winter storms we finally had a few days respite, which coincided nicely with our trip. We made the most of the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the fresh air.

I have several posts to write up but here are a few photos taken on our first day out and about near the Wilson Inlet and Ocean Beach. The latter had been heavily eroded from the winter storms and local workmen were in the process of shoring up the Surf Club and the pathways leading down to the beach. A few days later the beach was closed to visitors so we were glad we took the opportunity to visit on the first day of our trip.

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31 thoughts on “Gallery From Denmark

  1. restlessjo says:

    Looks like a lovely place, Rosemay. Love the sparkle on the water πŸ€—πŸ’•

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    1. It’s a beautiful place Jo and the weather helped! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Hope your trip is going well xx

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      1. restlessjo says:

        Wonderful, thanks πŸ€—πŸ’•

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        1. Enjoy! So glad you are able to travel again πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  2. Thegreyeye says:

    I was surprised seeing these beaches in πŸ‡©πŸ‡°, I did not know Australia has another Denmark πŸ˜…

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    1. Ir was actually named after a person called Alexander Denmark by Dr. Thomas Braidwood Wilson, a surgeon, who was one of the first Europeans to discover Denmark (Alexander Denmark was a mentor of his). So curiously it has nothing to do with the country of the same name! Of course it confuses people – when we first got here I couldn’t understand why people said they were going to Denmark for the weekend!

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  3. I am hoping to walk the Bibb Track next year. Thanks for a taster of the beauty I will see. Mel

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    1. We only did a small section of the track though we did other trails around Denmark πŸ™‚ The scenery is spectacular – I’d be looking out for snakes in summer though! Friends who’ve done the Bibbulmun Track say it’s an unforgettable experience πŸ™‚

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      1. I have seen photos just recently of snakes on the move on the track, so it’s not just Summer time to be careful! I have good boots and gaiters, so I am hoping that will do the trick.

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        1. They are probably staring to wake up a bit now the weather is (on some days) getting a bit warmer here. I’ve seen snakes around October/November time even on coastal paths in the metro area. Am sure you’ll be fine if you’re well prepared!

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          1. The biggest challenge will be getting into WA! The snakes will be secondary! πŸ˜‰

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            1. Are you coming from NSW? If so might be a while before our borders reopen. Less sure about Victoria but we have very tight border controls here over in the West as you will know. We are very lucky as have basically lived normally albeit from a few short lockdowns. Vaccinations going up each day too. Unfortunately travel planning is a bit hit and miss these days – have no idea when I will feel safe going overseas again or be able to.

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            2. Yes, in rural NSW. I am hoping that by the time my adventure is due to start, our borders will be back to normal a bit more. I have no illusions that your Premier will keep us riff raff out for as long as possible! πŸ™‚ And if that keeps you safe that is a good thing. In the meantime I am fully vaccinated and fully optimistic! πŸ™‚

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            3. I would expect to see changes over the next few months although one can’t predict very far into the future at present. It does make it hard to make plans. Fingers crossed all your plans work out πŸ™‚

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            4. Don’t worry. I have EVERYTHING crossed that in 12 months things will look very different. 🌈🌈

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            5. Absolutely! Better times ahead πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  4. GILLIAN DALE-JONES says:

    Denmark at its best!

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    1. We were SO lucky with the weather! xx

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    1. It’s a gorgoeus spot Anabel – the coastline is amazing. Denmark is such a relaxing place to spend a few days R&R πŸ™‚

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  5. Lovely. We visited this area during our tour of Australia in April 2019…seems such a long time ago. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your journey. (Suzanne)

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    1. Yes I remember you toured round South West WA and the southern coast Suzanne – hope this helps to bring back some happy memories! Our last overseas tip was in April/May 2019 too – Uk but also Mainz and the Rhine region. I’ve been looking back on old photos as have updated all my tech stuff recently (new computer, iPad and iPhone still getting used to them all!). Although I feel a bit wistful wondering when such trips will be possible again, am thankful we did as much travelling as we did. Quite a few more Denmark posts coming up on the blog!

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      1. Our last trip dates back to March/April 2020; we did Egypt, Cyprus, Crete and Santorini. We had to cut it by 2 weeks to get back home because of border closures and flight reductions as well as shut down in Greece which made the trip not very enjoyable. Some borders are reopened and we are allowed to travel to some places now that we are fully vaccinated but it is a bit complicated so we don’t know when we will restart our travels…So for now, we are doing short trip within our provinces. We did one in the beginning of August and we are leaving again on Sunday for another 10-days. We should have pictures on the blogs in September.

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  6. vinneve says:

    Lovely weather and the surroundings! what a nice way to return back there after a long gap year.

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    1. It was a beautiful place and glad to stay a bit longer this time too. We were so lucky with the weather! It’s raining again now! Hope all is ok think you’re back in lockdown at present fingers crossed not for too long!

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      1. vinneve says:

        Yes so sad it happened to us again after opening the borders to Australia haha! Anyway… life must go on even on lockdown. Have more time for YT and WP and Netflix too haha! the lockdown will be for a month now so not sure after that if we go down level 3 or not depends on the outcome if we get to lowest number of infections.

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        1. My cousin in Wellington is rather fed up though fortunately he had just come back from a 2 week trip down to Queenstown! He was hoping to come over to Perth for Christmas to visit us and his sister and brother in law who live in Bunbury. Can’t see that happening now 😦 It’s obviously been a tough time for you in NZ and so sorry to see the horrible events in Auckland yesterday 😦 Yes Australia is not doing so well now – we are very fortunate over in the west (it certainly doesn’t feel like a prison to us!). We will stay with very strict border controls here in WA until vaccination rates are a lot higher and we have minimised the risks of opening up. Best wishes and hope you’re out of Level 4 lockdown soon (cases look encouraging from today’s news) πŸ™‚

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          1. vinneve says:

            Welly is already on level 2 more freedom last week. I think we may remain in level 4 in Auckland. The city is BIG with so many jobs and establishments in trouble. The govt should transfer the MIQ to a smaller place to monitor it better and away from the big city like Auckland so we can still go on with our lives and the economy as well.

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            1. So sorry to see that the Level 4 restrictions in Auckland have been extended for at least another week. I agree it isn’t ideal to have the quarantine facilites in the middle of a major city (though guess they do need access to the larger hospitals). They are going to start building a purpose built quarantine facility here in Perth, which will be situated about 40 kms north east of Perth airport (in the east of the city). It will be out in the country at a place called Bullsbrook and I think the idea is to have self contained cabins set apart from each other so that returning travellers can safely have access to fresh air for example (I would hate to have to quarantine in the city hotels like the current situation). I think it is hoped to have it finished by April/May next year (though no doubt there will be some delays). Also it should be able to house 1000 people at a time. The other thing they will look at is home quarantine for people with suitable premises. Do hope things improve for you in Auckland soon – at least the numbers look more promising than in the eastern states of Australia at present. That is a concerning situation for everyone here (even if our borders are firmly closed here in WA!).

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  7. Gilda Baxter says:

    Rosemay, has Denmark change much since your last visit 20 years ago? I do remember that your daughter visited it sometime ago. I am glad you are able to travel again, even if just close to home. Infection rates here in the UK are going up, but at least the vaccine is keeping most people out of hospital. We will be venturing into France and then Spain to do the Camino de Santiago, fingers crossed we will make it.

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    1. It has developed as fair bit since we were last there Gilda (in fact we only did a day trip on that occasion as we were staying further along the coast in Albany). It has certainly got more housing development, but sensitively done so as not to spoil the environment. There are more shops and cafes than I remember and there was a project going on to install more pathways along the various beaches with extra parking. It is about a 5 hour drive from Perth so it is a bit too far to go for just a couple of days but this helps I think to keep its character and charm. We were there in low season though. It definitely gets a lot busier in the summer months and school holidays! Do hope you have got away on your trip and all goes well!

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