Denmark Animal Farm & Pentland Alpaca Stud
Denmark Animal Farm is 20 minutes away from the town centre and has pretty much EVERYTHING. I got stalked by baby wallabies, bottle fed piglets, lambs and kids, fell in love with a fluffy calf, saw the biggest koalas ever and fed a camel. We were there for around two hours and even the rain didn't put a dampener (LOL) on the day. To this day it's one of the best animal places I've been so far.
Okay I'm not gunna say this place was the best place ever cos it wasn't but for an hour it was okay, especially as it started chucking down. I'm slightly obsessed with dinosaurs so this kinda place is right up my street. We actually ended up watching two snakes have sex for around 45 minutes because we thought it was one snake having a bit of a fit. Oops. There's also loads of birds and a nice big green area where you can have a picnic on a nice day.
Discovery Bay (Whale World)*
Discovery Bay consists of a botanical garden, a zoo that *I think* only has animals native to Australia (really good) and an ex whaling station that's now a museum. Albany used to be a whaling hot spot (think Moby Dick) and the old building is now used to explain the town's bloody history to people as well as educate people on whale conservation. What I thought was going to be a boring afternoon turned out to be gruesomely fascinating (although not really suitable for kids) and both Jody and I really enjoyed it. There's loads of old machinery on display, whale skeletons and educational videos and it's worth taking a trip to.
*This one's actually in Albany (52 mins away according to google maps) but when you go on the Denmark tourist website this on there so nerr.
Valley of the Giants is basically a big old walkway set up in a forest of red tingle trees. It's nice and high up so if you're scared of heights maybe give it a miss - It's a bit wobbly especially in the wind. Aswell as the high up walk there's a ground level walk which will take you through the ginormous bases of the trees - some are so big they can accommodate cars. The tree top walk didn't really impress me (it was cold) but I did enjoy the other walk - Nature's amazing. A lot of Perth natives told us NOT TO MISS valley of the giants so it must be good right?
Williams Bay National Park
FREE FREE FREE
Perhaps the most beautiful part of Denmark, Williams Bay National Park is home to the Elephant Rocks and Greens Pool. The rocks look like elephants (duh) and the water is a beautiful shade of blue. Even on a grey, overcast day the pool is a gorgeous colour, as you can see above. In the park there is also Greens Pool which in Summer would be a perfect place for swimming and snorkelling. It was windy and cold when we went but somehow it didn't really matter because it was still a lovely place to stop at - Except for when we nearly got trapped on the beach by incoming tides, that sucked.
So there you have it - Have any of you guys made it over to the South West region of Australia yet?