Migrating humpback and southern right whales make their way along the south coast from July through to October.
Whale sightings can be made from many beaches, and whale watching lookouts including;
Conspicuous Cliff, Turn south off South Coast Highway a few km east of the Valley of the Giants Road. There is a carpark, picnic and toilet facilities, and a whale-watching lookout which affords magnificent views of the coastline, ocean and beaches. District Map West C8
Lowlands Beach, 28 km east of Denmark, is a popular fishing and swimming spot which boasts a whale-watching lookout atop a cliff, views of WA’s most southerly point, West Cape Howe, and spectacular ocean panoramas. District Map East Y8
Alternatively you can take a day trip into Albany for a whale watching cruises in season, or, in the summer months, a wilderness cruise around Albany’s coastline and offshore islands to enjoy sights such as seal colonies, dolphins and seabirds.
Denmark provides habitat for about 160 species of birds.
Wilson Inlet is the feeding ground for many migratory wader species, which fatten up in preparation for their return trip to the northern hemisphere. Ospreys may be seen fishing in the inlet.
The rare red-eared firetail finch frequents the Little River Walk Trail area. The two fairy wrens, the Splendid and the Redwing, are common and often feed in gardens.
The male Splendid wren in breeding plumage is the glorious blue bird featured in the Denmark shire crest. Many species of parrots, including the rock parrot, red-tailed and white-tailed black cockatoo, and the purple-crowned lorikeet frequent the forests or coast.
Wildflowers bloom quite late in Denmark – generally September to November, when the weather is still cool but fine and the days are lengthening. National parks and walk trails are the best places to see wildflowers.
At West Cape Howe, for example, you will see numerous banksias, including the Albany banksia,Banksia coccinea, dryandras, hakeas and many plants from the family Myrtacaea. The insect-trapping Albany pitcher plant, unique to the region, can also be found here.
In December, farmland is awash with the golden flowers of the native Christmas Tree, Nuytsia floribunda.
Around William Bay, dense scrub is dominated by peppermints and dryandra. Rare orchids can also be found in the forests. Kangaroo paws of different colours abound (including the endemic green variety). The pretty Hardenbergia (native wisteria) climbs through the trees and there are Pimelia, Crowea, Hakea, Callistemon, bottlebrush … the list goes on and on.
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