Denmark is immersed in forests of all sizes and types. The native bush has been home to these sentinels long before us, and a walk among their canopy is revitalising to the spirit. The Karri, Tingle, Jarrah, Sheoak forests revitalise our biosphere - so please, walk gently.
Denmark's Harewood Forest along the Scotsdale Road Tourist Drive in Denmark is a delightful trail meandering through the majestic karri trees. As you stroll, small signs unveil the fascinating history of the logging industry, offering a unique learning experience amidst the natural beauty.
In the Southern Forests you will find some of the most ancient trees in the world. The Giant Tingle Tree canopy can be viewed close-up at the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk west of Denmark. The region's vegetation includes both towering karri and giant tingle but also includes seven hundred native species of plants and trees, making it one of the top ten areas of terrestrial biodiversity on the planet. This impressive array of flora represents a treasure trove for hikers. (Aahh! It's fresh, fresh air.)
Of course the Bibbulmun Track, the world-class long-distance walking trail which stretches from Perth (the capital of Western Australia, 450km north-west) to Albany (the old capital and founding city) just 50km east of Denmark Town. The trail is open year round, the best times to walk it are in Spring for the wildflowers or Autumn and Winter for cool days to ride. Unveil the wonders of Denmark's Bibbulmun Track section, where every step promises an enriching and memorable experience. There are huts along the way, one days walk apart, plus a variety of excellent trail-side rental accommodation choices.
Basketball legend, Luc Longley came down to a forest blockade in 1997 and spent a night up a karri tree. We remember him being so tall, it was like half of him was hanging off the end of the platform and he had to have his figure 8 locked as he came down so that he didn't descend too fast. Here he is, 24 years on, speaking truth to power about the incredible value of our South West forests.
Posted by WA Forest Alliance on Wednesday, 10 February 2021
Bushwalking is a popular activity in Denmark WA whether you're a local or visitor. The short and long walks in and around Denmark Town, the river and the 'mountains' are extraordinary, and are mostly through the beautiful and special forests. Ensure you're PREPARED when going on short or long walks. This video is GREAT. Have a watch >>
The advice from the Parks and Wildlife Service, and from all of us, is to minimise your impact. This means; sticking to established trails, plan and prepare, and BE SAFE and courteous. This way you stay safe while enjoying your walk and can focus on enjoying yourself. Here's a few useful links: PARKS: SAFETY, PARKS: PLAN AHEAD
There are several more popular forest walks in Denmark Western Australia for the novice or experienced walker in and around Denmark Town and along the Wilson Inlet, and long-distance walks which span for days. The Bibbulmun Track (long-distance) and the Mokare Heritage Trail (short, easy trail) along the Denmark River are the most popular. Here are some of the others:
One of the world's tallest hardwood trees, reaching up to 90 meters. Dominates the landscape and provides habitat for various wildlife. Karri trees have played a significant role in the history of the region, as early European settlers used the timber for construction, railway sleepers, and even ships.
Unique to the region, with large girth and buttressed bases. Important for biodiversity and sheltering native wildlife. Tingle trees have been revered by the local indigenous Noongar people, who consider them culturally significant and a symbol of the connection between the land and their heritage.
Endemic to the Valley of the Giants and Walpole Wilderness Area, known for its impressive size and ecological value. These ancient trees have survived for hundreds of years, making them living witnesses to the region's history and environmental changes.
Iconic eucalypt species found alongside Karri and Tingle trees. Supports native fauna and provides nectar for honey production. Marri trees have a unique feature known as "honkey nuts" or "red gum nuts," which are large woody capsules containing seeds and are often used in decorative crafts by local artisans.
Well-adapted to sandy soils and coastal environments, valued for wood applications and contributes to the region's ecosystem balance. Sheoak wood was historically used by the indigenous Noongar people for making tools and weapons, showcasing its cultural significance throughout history.
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