The gorgeous South West town of Denmark boasts a BIG4 holiday park situated 8km from the town, where the Wilson Inlet meets Ocean Beach.
The park is large and well-kept with plenty of shady trees and grass, and is only a short walk or drive to the river and beach. Accommodation includes chalets, cabins and powered as well as unpowered sites. We have a camper trailer and opt for the powered sites near the back of the park, which feel luxuriously spacious with plenty of trees and grass. There are smaller sites with cement slabs too.
We love seeing the kangaroos that roam freely through the park. In the early mornings over the summer months, you can often view mummy Roos with Joeys in their pouches. Kookaburras can be heard daily and various birds visit the shady peppermint trees. The dappled light makes for a gorgeous setting to put your feet up with a good book.
Park facilities include:
a Tennis Court
Mini Golf (free to play with a $1 deposit for equipment)
Jumping Pillow and Playground
Pedal Cart Hire (xxx).
Campers’ Kitchen with a tv and seating area
Communal BBQs dotted around the park
3 Ablution blocks (we found these to be well kept and cleaned daily.)
Laundry room (4 washing machines and 4 dryers – $4 each cycle).
A fish-cleaning station
Shuttle service to Boston Brewery (enquire at park reception)
Ice and ice-creams for sale at reception
Wifi is free but not so good towards the back of the park
The kids love using their bicycles to explore this park. The playground and jumping pillow attracts heaps of kids and always seems to be busy. The fact that it is located near the front of the park, away from the campsites, is actually a godsend for noise! But for little kids, you may feel uneasy letting them roam to and from the playground unsupervised as it can be quite a distance depending on where you are camping.
For two years in a row we have booked a week over Christmas and New Year. We have found that the days before Christmas are quieter, and then from Boxing Day the place starts to fill to capacity. There is a great family vibe of celebration over the festive season, but the management keeps an eye on the 10pm noise curfew and generally we have had nothing but pleasant evenings and peaceful sleeps! Between Christmas and New Year a friendly and non-pushy Christian group puts on free kids activities such as slip-slides, pancakes, paella night, movie night and kids craft.
There is so much to do in the Denmark area that you are spoilt for choice. The river is a short walk away but we usually drive down with our kayak and paraphernalia to spend whole mornings there. There are limited car parks along the river edge, and a cycle/walk path that winds along the inlet in both directions – great for bird-watching walks. A pedestrian bridge allows you to get across the river (and if you continue along the path through the open bush you can access the beach this way too).
We like to find a sandy patch along the river to set up. The river water is usually quite warm and has a lot of shallow areas making it ideal for small kids. This is not a muddy river, so it is a great swimming spot! There is a jumping rope the kids love to use on repeat.
Other ways to spend your time:
- Visit any one of the amazing beaches on the coastline. Ocean Beach itself is beautiful with white sands and good surf, and a lifeguard flag area complete with a kiosk for coffees and light meals.
- Greens Pool – best to head to this popular spot early to get decent parking. There are steps down to the beach and the natural pool is usually beautifully clear and calm – ideal for snorkeling and safe swimming for small kids. There is usually an ice cream van in the parking area too.
- Madfish Bay
- Elephant Rocks – amazing boulders and shallow waters
- Lights Beach – for surfing and fishing
- Parry Beach – good for kitesurfing
- River mouth evening walks
- Collecting shells on the beach
- Flying kites on windy afternoons
- Denmark town – bakeries, a well stocked IGA, plenty of hippy arty shops and galleries and cafes…
- Valley of the Giants and Tree Top Walk – about 30min drive from Denmark
- Visit towns of Walpole and Albany
For more ideas there is a Tourist Information office in the town of Denmark
TIP: On check-in you will need to put down a refundable $10 deposit for the keycard that gets you in and out of the park securely.
For more information visit www.big4.com.au
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