Elephant Rocks WA is one of the most popular places to visit in Denmark on the south coast of Western Australia, and rightly so!
Huge boulders, surrounded by crystal clear, blue water are exactly as the name suggests, formed like a herd of elephants, paddling in the shallows with mesmerizingly beautiful water around them.
I have put together this complete guide of Elephant Rocks Denmark including how to get there, the best time to visit, and what to expect when you arrive at this natural attraction!
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WHERE IS ELEPHANT ROCKS WA
Elephant Rocks lies right in the heart of the beautiful Williams Bay National Park, just 15 kilometers from the town center of Denmark in southwest WA and about a 4.5-hour drive from Perth.
The beaches around Williams Bay National Park are known for their turquoise water, their pristine white sand, and giant granite rocks that sit both in and on the beaches.
The sheltered beaches are some of the best spots to go swimming or snorkeling along the southwest coast of Western Australia. A special feature of the park is the stunning wildflowers that seem to bloom here all year round, even during the hottest of months.
HOW TO GET HERE
Getting to Elephant Rocks Western Australia is usually very easy. You just follow the signs for Williams Bay National Park turn off along the South Coast Highway and then keep following the road until you get to the car park.
Elephant Rocks Australia has its own car park, right below the Greens Pool car park, down to the left at the T-junction. From the car park, it’s a short, easy stroll down a pathway where you simply follow the signs (left) to Elephant Rocks. Along the trail, there is a little lookout from which you’ll already be able to spot ‘the elephants’.
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Follow this sign to the left
Keep following this trail
First glimpse of Elephant Rocks Western Australia
Sometimes however the park is closed, in this case, the access to Elephant Rocks Australia is a little bit trickier but not impossible and still well worth it.
You have to head towards the Parry Beach Campsite which has vehicle access to the beach. From there you will have to drive all the way along Mazzoletti Beach until you reach a sign saying ‘no cars beyond this point’. It’s a long beach and while the sand looks quite firm and safe to drive on in the beginning, it does get very soft very quickly and can really only be accessed by a 4×4 drive with significantly high clearance underneath.
You can park your car right by the sign and walk the rest of the way. It’s not too far and the walk along the granite boulders and the beautiful, empty beach will lead you directly to the famous Greens Pool and from there you will be able to simply follow the walking trail that will lead you around the cliffs, through the huge boulders to a secluded little beach where you will see it right away, Elephant Rocks Denmark.
Greens Pool Denmark
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Like most popular tourist destinations in the region, Elephant Rocks WA can get very busy during the day, so if you want to enjoy the impressive work mother nature has done here I recommend timing your visit as early as possible.
If you want to jump in the simmering blue water, you’re also better off visiting during the summer months (December – February) when the ocean water is not too cold for swimming.
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Picture-perfect beach day
An aerial perspective
Elephant Rocks Denmark
WHAT TO EXPECT AT ELEPHANT ROCKS DENMARK
The unique structure of the humongous boulders nestled in the most vibrant blue water in front of a pristine white sand beach is something you have to see in person.
You will most certainly not be disappointed by the beauty and magical feeling of this place. It’s perfect for pictures and if you have a drone, definitely bring it.
Elephant Rocks WA is beautiful to look at from every angle. If you don’t feel like descending all the way down, you can admire the rock formation from the lookout.
However, if you have time and are feeling a little adventurous you should take the stairs down and go explore Elephant Cove. The staircase descends between the rocks and ends in a beachy rock-crevasse allowing you to walk between the rocks and out onto the beach.
The cove has something magical about it, especially when you manage to visit at a time where you have it to yourself. It feels like you are submersed into a different world.
The stairs down to Elephant Cove
The entire car park as well as the entrance to Greens Pool, Elephant Rocks, Madfish Bay, Waterfall Beach, and the rest of Williams Bay National Park have recently been redeveloped to accommodate the growing number of visitors more comfortably. The facilities at the car park include toilets and changing rooms.
When visiting the Great Southern Ocean coastline remember it is extremely prone to surges so be extra aware and careful while climbing or walking close to the waterline. Try to always visit with a friend and take proper precautions before hiking.
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Williams Bay National Park
Greens Pool is located right around the corner of Elephant Rocks Denmark and is undoubtedly a stunning place to explore and shouldn’t be missed while visiting Williams Bay National Park.
It’s kind of like a big rock pool. The bay is thoroughly protected by large boulders all around it, which form something like a barrier, blocking out waves and keeping the water on the inside peaceful and calm.
It’s the perfect place to go for a swim or snorkel. The wave-free pool is ideal to see colorful fish of all sizes, starfish and even large stingrays can be spotted in the rather shallow but always clear water.
Greens Pool is even more popular than Elephant Rocks, it’s one of Denmark’s most visited places due to its tranquil beauty. It’s a great beach for youngsters to learn open-water swimming, as the boulders keep the bay constantly calm all year round. On a windy day, there is no better beach to find shelter.
Greens Pool Denmark
The beautiful Greens Pool WA
Sheltered waters at Greens Pool
WHERE TO STAY IN DENMARK
There are dozens of accommodation options to choose from in Denmark so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See below for a list of Denmark accommodation that I personally recommend:
LUXURY: PEACE RISE DENMARK
MID RANGE: THE KOORABUP MOTEL
BUDGET: MIRAMAR COTTAGE
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