AlbanyAreaMapWelcome to our page on the beaches and coastlines in our area of the Great Southern.
We have some amazing places to visit and explore, take a moment to read a little about the beaches and coastlines. There may be a gem of a spot you hadn't heard of yet!

Anvil Beach

anvil-beach-1Anvil Beach is situated on the Nullaki Peninsula, the southern boundary of the Wilson Inlet, approximately 39km from Albany and 30km from Denmark. The beach boasts spectacular views west past William Head and out over the southern ocean.

The beach is 1km long and lies in the lee of a beachrock reef with a 200m wide central gap. Waves break heavily on the reef and pass through the gap to break again inside a ‘lagoon’, which is around 30m wide in the centre.

A huge, permanent rip drains out from the centre of the beach and through the gap, while a second beachrock reef also parallels the central shoreline of the beach. The beach is surrounded by 30m high bluffs in the east, grading to a lower fore dune in the west.

Anvil beach is unpatrolled and classified as highly hazardous, therefore it is definitely not recommended for swimming or any other type of water activity whatsoever.

Wilson Inlet

Denmark’s Wilson Inlet is a wave dominated estuary with a catchment area of 2,263sq km.

It is situated 2km south east of the town centre on a narrow coastal plain between granite hills to the north and west and southern coastal dunes. The inlet is 14km long and 4km wide, covering an area of 48sq km. It has an average depth of 1.8m and its deepest point is 5m.

Its mouth is approximately 100m wide and receives its main water supply from the Denmark and Hay rivers. The Sleeman and Little rivers together with Cuppup Creek contribute smaller quantities. From January to August a sandbar blocks the inlet. When the sandbar opens, the inlet discharges through Nullaki Point at the eastern end of Denmark’s Ocean Beach into Ratcliffe Bay and eventually into the Southern Ocean.

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Ocean Beach, Ocean Beach Road, Denmark

Ocean BeachDenmark’s beautiful Ocean Beach is a popular surfing spot and part of Ratcliffe Bay, located about 5km south of the town centre. The beach is surrounded to the east by the Nullaki Peninsula and Wilson Head to the west. The Wilson Inlet is contained by a semi-permanent sandbar forming part of Ocean Beach, although a bar channel which moves along the beach seasonally often exists too.

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Green's Pool

Green’s Pool  is a protected swimming area famous for its white sand and turquoise water, located within William Bay National Park, 18km west of Denmark on the South Coast Highway.

Granite boulders and rocky shelves extend for 100m out to sea along the coast between Green’s Pool and Madfish Bay. Sheltered pools, channels and granite terraces inside the reef create a fascinating seascape for beachcombing. A reef protects Greens Pool, creating plenty of rock and beach fishing vantage points.

A short walk to the Elephant Rock is worthwhile for beautiful scenery and more excellent fishing. Madfish Bay is another great place to try your luck, its crystal clear waters offer a variety of fish including King George whiting, silver bream, salmon, skippy and herring.

The area’s granite formations are best viewed from the nearby lookout at Tower Hill.


Elephant Rocks Beach

Elephant CoveElephant Rocks Beach takes its name from the two huge elephantine granite boulders which occupy its upper half. The steep 60m long beach is located in a 60m wide gap in the bordering granite. At the shore it is fronted by more boulders, which narrow the small bay to about 20m wide. It widens past the boulders into a protected deep pool in lee of more granite reefs extending 100m out to sea, with high waves breaking on the outer rock.