Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

There are so many beautiful coastal walks and recreation spots dotted along the coast near Denmark (Western Australia). One place highly recommended by our daughter Mlle (see here for her guest post) was the beautiful William Bay National Park, about half an hour’s drive out of town to the west.

The two best-known attractions are Greens Pool, a popular spot for families as the rock formations provide shelter from the force of the Southern Ocean and the nearby Elephant Rocks and Cove. However there are also a few other beaches and viewing spots such as Waterfall Beach and Madfish Bay (more how the latter got its curious name in due course).

We visited the park on a crisp winter’s day – the sun was darting in and out from the clouds (a harbinger of the rain to come). The car park and facilities had recently been extensively renovated in an eco-style to protect the fragile environment. We needn’t have worried about finding anywhere to park as, midweek and out of season, we had this unspoilt corner of the world practically to ourselves. The moody light highlighted the greys and soft greens of the vegetation and the sandy hues of the rocks.

It was such a peaceful and tranquil spot though the photos don’t tell the full story as the sea breeze was really starting to pick up.

There were several information boards, which told the story of the area and also the history behind some of the more curious names such as how Madfish Bay allegedly got its name (subsequently it has lent its name to a local winery).

We didn’t see any seals in real life but this photo seemed too cute not to share.

We walked along the path to Elephant Rocks where you can climb down a staircase through a chasm in the rocks to access the cove below.

There are warning signs here as you don’t want to get stuck at the bottom with the tide coming in! I would be especially careful too if we had had young children such as our granddaughters with us – it would be quite easy to slip especially on a wet day. We didn’t linger too long as the tide did indeed appear to be coming in quite fast so we headed back up the staircase the way we came.

We had also planned to visit Lights Beach at the eastern end of the national park. Unfortunately we soon came to a road blockade – the area was inaccessible due to renovations being carried out on the car parks so we will have to save Lights Beach for another day.

However we still had a very enjoyable afternoon in the William Bay National Park doing plenty of walking and savouring the outstanding beauty of the region.

Copyright ยฉ 2021 Rosemary Thomas Le Chic En Rose. All rights reserved.

21 thoughts on “Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks – William Bay National Park Denmark

  1. Lovely area. We did spend time in this park when we visited in 2019. It was just a beautiful place. Nice pics.

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    1. Thanks Suzanne – it is a lovely area and so glad you could spend some time in the park on your 2019 visit to WA ! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Heyjude says:

    It looks like a fabulous area, and so quiet too! Your beaches always look so much more accessible than a lot of ours. I wish we could have the boardwalks and paved trails that are so often present in Oz.

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    1. Yes we are very lucky Jude – did help it was out of season (early August) and it definitely gets busier in the sumer months. However there is such a feeling of space and openess whatever time of year. Yes the boardwalks and pathways do make these beaches more accessible. They had a done a good job of installing walkways whilst preserving the natural environment.

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  3. restlessjo says:

    The tones of the rocks and seascape are really beautiful, Rosemay. How lucky are we?

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    1. I especially loved the colours in this area Jo – they were so soft and pretty (that lovely sage green, soft greys and lilacs in some lights). Yes we are very lucky to live near the sea – there is something special about the west coasts of continents ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. restlessjo says:

        I’m looking south towards Tunisia and Morocco, Rosemay. Some day, maybe? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ’• Take care till then xx

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        1. Mlle went to Morocco for the day from southern Spain when she visited a few years ago. She bought a beautiful leather bag with some tapestry on it from one of the souks. She still has the bag ๐Ÿ™‚ It sounded a fascinating place but at this point in time I will have to watch on travel shows or vlogs! Hope all’s well with you Jo! xx ๐Ÿ™‚

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          1. restlessjo says:

            I’d love to go too but it’s very low on Mick’s priorities. Yes, great thanks ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•

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            1. It’s not that far in actual fact from you – maybe you could do a day trip like Mlle? Not sure if ferries are running of course at present!

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            2. restlessjo says:

              About a 3 hour drive and I know Mick’s not keen. Something I might do with friends in the future. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ’•

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            3. Yes best to wait for friends to arrive then! It would be a long day out and not a good idea if someone isn’t keen to go!

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  4. Coral Waight says:

    Glad you’re able to get out and about, Rosemary.

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    1. Yes we’ve been lucky here Coral – hope you can soon get out and about again too!

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  5. Meg says:

    What a beautiful place – your pictures are gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks so much Meg – apologies for not picking up your comment earlier too! The national park and indeed the whole of the south west coast is so pretty. We had such a lovely time exploring the area.

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  6. RuthsArc says:

    So much space and so few people. What a lovely place. I always enjoy seeing your post of WA.

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    1. Thanks so much Ruth – it certainly was a delightful spot and we really enjoyed our few days down in Denmark. Still have a few more posts to come!

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  7. sami veloso says:

    Denmark and surrounds are one of my favourite areas in WA. I love Elephant Rocks, such pretty rock formations. We always stop there when we go down south with overseas visitors.

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    1. It’s a beautiful area isn’t it Sam – we hadn’t been there for nearly 20 years! Won’t leave it so long next time.

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