Go Swim at Elephant Rocks in Denmark, Western Australia


Just when we thought Western Australia’s coastline couldn’t get any more stunning, Elephant Rocks, Denmark turned it on for us.

The west coast of Oz really needs to stop showing off.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the beaches in Western Australia are probably the best we’ve seen on this trip around Australia, and this beach certainly helped back that up.

Elephant Rocks is located 15 kilometres from the town of Denmark in William Bay National Park, south-west WA, about a 4.5-hour drive from Perth.

Whilst it might seem off the beaten track, it’s a must if you’re in this region of Australia. The photos below don’t lie.

There’s a short walk from the carpark along a coastal track and then you are rewarded with this view out over the Great Southern Ocean.

Elephant Rocks, Denmark, Western Australia

I didn’t quite get the angle of this photo right, but if you’re looking at it from a particular view point you’ll see that it’s called Elephant Rocks because it resembles a herd of elephants paddling in the shallow waters.

Cool huh.

We had fun climbing around on the top of the rocks enjoying the stunning view of Elephant Cove below, before making our way down onto the beach. Just be careful though, it’s a big drop from up here.

Elephant Rocks, Denmark, Western Australia

Elephant Rocks, Denmark, Western Australia

Elephant Rocks, Denmark, Western Australia

Taking the stairs down, you then walk through a narrow gap between two towering rocks onto Elephant Cove, otherwise known as paradise!

This sheltered beach is absolutely stunning. We spent all morning here and the beauty of it, like most west coast beaches, is hardly any people. We basically had it all to ourselves to swim, paddle on our boogie boards, and relax on the sand.

We forgot to bring our snorkeling equipment, bugger, but there was another dude here snorkeling and apparently it’s good. At least the water is crystal clear and shallow in most parts.

Otherwise, just bring your towel, beach umbrella, and nibbles and drinks for a beach picnic.

Elephant Rocks, Denmark, Western Australia

Elephant Rocks, Denmark, Western Australia

Elephant Rocks, Denmark, Western Australia

Elephant Rocks, Denmark, Western Australia

Elephant Rocks, Denmark, Western Australia

Elephant Rocks, Denmark, Western Australia

Greens Pool, Denmark

Just a few hundred metres walk from Elephant Rocks is Greens Pool, another picturesque swimming area.

Not quite as pretty as Elephant Rocks I thought, but still a lovely sheltered area to swim, snorkel and relax. And to think I’d never herd of this National Park before.

Greens Pool, Denmark, Western Australia

Greens Pool, Denmark, Western Australia

Greens Pool, Western Australia

Definitely add Elephant Rocks and Greens Pool to your list for Western Australia. It’s probably best to visit with another person and be careful of any tidal surges, although both areas are pretty well protected by the large rocks.

There are drop toilets here but no shops. At the very least bring some water because you will want to stay a while and have a swim.

And nearby Denmark is a nice little town to explore for a day or two.

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Just when we thought the west coast of Australia couldn't get any more stunning, take a swim at Elephant Rocks in Denmark and you'upll be wowed!


  1. You stay in posher places than us- we OAPs went for places just out of town usually. Must tell you the problem we had with Santa Fe. The first time we were roughly in the area we decided it was too far to drive for just two nights, so shelved it until next time. Three years ago we were in Prescott on a house stop, so decided we had to have a few days near Santa Fe, particularly since our object was the Georgia O’Keefe Gallery. IT WAS CLOSED FOR TWO WEEKS FOR REHANGING OF PICTURES! I had never dreamed they would do that in summer.
    Moral-Always check first!

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