Le Chic En Rose

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The Mokare Heritage Trail is one of the many trails and walks found in the Denmark region of Western Australia. Approximately 3 kilometres long, it wends its way along the Denmark River between the Denmark traffic bridge (on the South Coast Highway) and the Denmark Heritage Rail Bridge, which crosses the river just before it opens out into the waters of the Wilson Inlet.

The trail takes its name from Mokare, an Aboriginal leader from Albany, who assisted Dr Thomas Wilson on his 1829 expedition to the Denmark district. 

It had been raining heavily for several weeks when we visited Denmark earlier this month and parts of the trail were quite water-logged. We even had to cross the path at one point with the aid of some large sticks, clinging onto the trees and hoping not to fall into the water! Normally that wouldn’t be a problem, though in the warmer months keep a look out for snakes (there were several warning signs!).

With the wetlands teeming with the sounds of birdlife, no doubt happy to have some fine weather at last, and a canopy of beautiful trees (mainly karri and paperbarks) skimming the water, it made for a very pleasant and peaceful walk.

The Bibbulmun Track intersects with the trail at the Heritage Rail Bridge, a perfect vantage point for taking photos of the pristine waters of the inlet.

Trails WA has comprehensive information on walking trails throughout Western Australia. You can find out more about the Mokare Heritage Trail and other walks here.

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16 thoughts on “Mokare Heritage Trail Denmark

  1. restlessjo says:

    Everything so fresh and green, Rosemay. We’re just back from the UK, where green is a constant while here we are parched. Wonderful to see family and friends. Hope things are ok for your folks. πŸ€—πŸ’•

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    1. So glad you had a wonderful time in the Uk Jo – must have been lovely to see family and friends again πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Yes we have had a very wet winter this year which is excellent for the countryside and gardens! I do love the contrast with the hot dry summers though actually it has been more humid in recent years in the summer months. All is going along ok both here and with the Uk family. It was nice to have a few days break down in the south west as we won’t be going far for a while!

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        πŸ€—πŸ’•

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  2. Heyjude says:

    Looks like a lovely walk. We were down in that region back in 2003 but we didn’t get to the river mouth. We had a hire car and if I remember correctly there were several roads that we couldn’t drive down as they were ‘off-road’. An interesting region though with lots of artist’s studios that were closed on our visit as it was in the winter (August).

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    1. It is a lovely part of the world Jude but yes you are right there there are quite a few unsealed roads in this region. We went to a lovely winery one day and had to bounce down an unsealed road complete with potholes from all the recent rain! Lunch was well worth it though πŸ™‚ We also found places were closed for the winter – eg some of the wineries and there was also an art gallery I wanted to go to but the owners were on holiday. On the other hand it was nice and quiet as it was the off season!

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  3. vinneve says:

    At first I thought you were in Denmark haha! I didn’t know there is a place with that name in WA. Beautiful nature! I do like to see more of Perth from your blog as I am missing it too. I tend to miss all the countries that I have lived before even for a short period of time.

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    1. Most people don’t lnow about the Denmark here in WA! I’m certainly not in Denmark in Europe at the moment ….I wish! It was lovely to have a break though away from our usual routine – the few days went by very quickly though! It is nice to reminisce about past travels and places we’ve lived – am so glad I always take so many photos everywhere πŸ™‚

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      1. vinneve says:

        I tend to reminiscent the past especially on lockdown haha! the lovely places and countries we have lived before. That is why Perth is still dear to my heart too!

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        1. I know I feel nostalgic looking through photos of past travels eg to the UK and Europe. It seems so far away now ……. Hope you can travel back to Perth one day! πŸ™‚

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  4. Gilda Baxter says:

    Rosemay, I have never heard of this region. Looks lovely and lush and your photos are beautiful. I am glad you did not fall into the water, judging by what you are wearing it looks like you would have been cold afterwards. It is great to be out and about exploring near home. Brian and I will be leaving for France on Tuesday, on our way to walk 500 miles across Northern Spain…fingers crossed.

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    1. Hi Gilda lovely to hear from you! Yes this is a lovely part of the world – very lush with a beautiful coastline and forests. I was glad not to fall into the water too! It is about 5 hours south of Perth and does get chillier than the metro area. It has been a wet winter (which is good!) and we have been well rugged up here in Perth too but spring is coming. It’s beginning to get warmer and the blossom is coming out. Very best wishes for your upcoming trip – I will follow along on your social media πŸ™‚

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  5. Looks like a lovely short walk; not one we came across during our stay in the region. (Suzanne

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    1. There are so many walking trails in this area Suzanne – it would be hard to do them all!

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