How dog friendly is Denmark? The team discovers a lovely dog friendly island in a sea of National Parks. It has walks, beaches, cafes and art galleries that welcome dogs. In fact, everything a travel dog needs!
Over the previous two days, the folks had visited some standout wineries. West Cape Howe and Plantagenet wineries at Mount Barker; Dukes winery at Porongurup had a great cellar door with super premium wines including James Halliday’s wine of the year; Castle Rock winery [also at Porongurup] had a lovely award-winning Pinot Noir. We also had lunch at the Lake House Winery who had a very good Cab Sav. While some wineries in the area served snacks and sharing plates of local produce at lunch, none had an a la carte restaurant like those we had found in Margaret River.
Putting all that winery business behind us, the folks checked in to the Rivermouth Caravan Park at Denmark. I’ve got to admit I was looking forward to our normal dog friendly travel rather than sitting under tables at wineries. Rivermouth was a great dog friendly park. It had lovely views, sparkling new amenities, a café, shop, canoe and bike hire and ducks. It also offered local bus and boat tours. I really liked the ducks.
There were three walking tracks starting at the bridge near the entrance to the park. The Bibbulmun Track, The Mokare Heritage Trail and the Wilson Inlet Heritage Trail. A map explained where each went. ‘Looking promising for later’ I thought.
The first morning in Denmark we went to Dog Island, accessed by a pontoon bridge. This had shore-bird nesting areas at the north end and a dog beach to the south. A paddle across a very shallow lagoon led onto a local surf spot, still dog off leash. It was great to have a run. Afterwards we toured some of the local lookouts in the van before heading back into town for the folks to get coffee.
We stopped at Mrs Jones, a trendy cafe with lots of the gluten free cakes that the Sparrow likes. It won WA Cafe of the Year a couple of years ago. The coffee was apparently excellent!
Afterwards we walked around the Butter Factory Studios and Gallery. This was a converted factory with studio workshops and a large exhibition space. It was one of those rare, dog friendly galleries, so we all got to see the exhibition, which was also excellent.
There was a top-notch restaurant in town called Pepper and Salt, but the folks were done with wining and dining for a while, so I cannot report on it. Instead, we settled in for a quiet night. Maybe another time!
The next day we were up early and walked the Mokare Heritage Trail. This ran into town along the bank of the Denmark River. It took about 30 minutes and was a lovely walk.
There were several cafes open on Sunday morning, but we went back to Mrs Jones. Breakfast was just what you’d expect from an award-winning cafe. The Silverback had the usual poached eggs, OJ and black coffee. To my surprise, the sparrow went a bit exotic and had Nasi Goreng! We walked back along the opposite bank of the river, which was equally enjoyable.
After packing the van, we drove the Scottsdale Tourist Drive back to the highway. Shortly after hitting the tarmac I was fast asleep. It’s good to be back in the old routine!