Just when we thought Western Australia‘s coastline couldn’t get any more stunning, Elephant Rocks, Denmark turned it on for us.
And right next door is the equally stunning Greens Pool. Both are part of William Bay National Park.
The west coast of Australia really needs to stop showing off. This is picture postcard region of clear emerald waters, pure white sand and sculpted rocks that shelter the bay.
It’s a top spot for swimming, snorkelling and diving.
Elephant Rocks, Denmark
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.
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.
Sculptured by nature’s hand.
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.
Taking the stairs down, you 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 at Elephant Rocks 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.
Greens Pool, Denmark
Just a few hundred metres walk from Elephant Rocks is Greens Pool, another picturesque swimming area.
Like Elephant Rocks, it is also completely sheltered from the waves of the Great Southern Ocean by the rounded rock boulders typical to this area.
Perfect flat, sparkly conditions for your family beach day.
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 is a popular snorkelling beach with many fish to be seen amongst the rocks and coral on the inner side of the rock breaks.
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.