By Jeff & Jody
We are a tad besotted with the South Coast Region. We are often asked about suggestions for a to do list from first time visitors to our beautiful town. So whether you are travelling as a family, couple, with friends, wine lovers or nature lovers, Denmark has something to offer everyone.
Denmark Town Centre – Art – Antiques – Books - Designer Shops – Gifts - Cafes - Coffee
The town of Denmark is nestled by the Denmark River with parkland on the town side which provides visitors with a scenic picnic area, BBQs, a playground, open space and big beautiful trees. With canoe and bike hire available from the Denmark Visitor centre, paddling, riding or walking makes for a pleasurable outing by the river. Plenty of parking is available.
As part of my research for this blog, I spent a wonderful afternoon, visiting local businesses to meet owners, managers and staff and take photos of their beautiful stores. Thank you to each and everyone. Oh and, of course, coffee with friends. After reflecting on my excursion I realised how much pride is taken by each business, the exteriors are visually appealing, each of the window displays creates a sense of excitement to enter and discover more. I found some wonderful surprises and it was just as well the credit card was left at home. I am quite convinced you could enjoy a good three to four hours or more in town. You could start your day with breakfast at one of the many cafes, morning tea, lunch then afternoon tea, and spend a leisurely day slowly wandering through the town of Denmark.
Denmark has a wide array of cafes, art galleries, designer shops, a fabulous antiques store and also two supermarkets, organic produce stores and amenities which you may require.
The Gallery Walk comprises of four art galleries within the town centre.
1) The Butter Factory Studios 10/12 Mt Shadforth Road.
The Butter Factory Studios is home to eight artists working in a variety of media. As well as being an open workspace and gallery, the studio hosts life drawing sessions, workshops and exhibitions by guest artists. There is always something new to explore at Butter Factory Studios.
Located on the ground floor of the restored Old Butter Factory, a character-filled building in central Denmark which also houses Mrs Jones cafe.
Open Wed-Mon 10am-4pm
2) Riverfront Gallery 8A Hollings Road.
Right next to Teahouse Books is The Riverfront Gallery where eleven local artists using a variety of mediums display works for sale and include a variety of hand made textile works as gifts.
Open 7 days a week 10am-4pm.
3) That Gallery 18B Hollings Rd.
Opposite the beautiful Denmark River, two local artists Sandy Carter and June Smith produce beautiful artworks from florals to abstracts, and have them on display and for sale.
Open Thurs-Sun 11am-3pm.
4) Gallery 2 - Palm Court 69 Strickland St.
Local artist Michael Cartwright exhibits a collection of whimsical and traditional landscapes of the south west; both prints and originals make wonderful gifts or find pride of place in your home.
Open Mon-Sat 10am-3pm, Sun 10am-2pm.
Mt Shadforth Road.
Denmark Antiques Books & Collectables is a Tudor style building which is quintessentially in keeping with antiques. The shop is beautiful outside and within. This is one of the loveliest antique stores I have had the pleasure browsing, definitely worth a visit. You never know you may just find the perfect piece for your home!
Located at 5 Mt Shadforth Road, open 7 days a week 10am to 4pm.
Teahouse Books moved to Hollings Road a few months ago into an inviting larger space for more books and all things for book lovers, tea, coffee and homemade cakes, Chesterfields by the wood fire during the winter months. The outside seating is relaxing which very cleverly makes you want to linger longer with coffee or tea in your hand surrounded by books. If you are a book lover or have family or friends who are, then you will find a gift for one and all. Teahouse Books hold regular events and often have live music to add to the wonderful ambience.
Walking south along Hollings Road you will find Ravens Coffee Roasters who serve Raw Foods and great coffee. A fantastic corner location to sit and observe the comings and goings of people, the river and life in general.
All About Me, the name says it all. All things shoes, handbags, jewellery and much more. Browse through an impressive range of designer shoes, bags and everything in between to find something as a gift for yourself or for someone special.
To quote Karen, “All About Me is all about you...your desire for the best of beautiful things!"
Mooved Fashion & Art Gallery.
"We endeavour to MOOve you with fabulous and funky fashions and art!!" This store stocks Australian & WA designers as well as many other brands. The shop and gallery has been designed to be pram friendly while providing a "men’s and children's room" complete with couch, magazines and toy box.
Sasden Fashion & Interiors.
I have heard good things about one of our newest stores, but I haven't had an opportunity until now to visit. I am a very tactile person and I wanted to take everything home, I shall be returning in the near future. Sarina is an Interior Designer, her motto, "design, style, coordinate"; reflects her shop in such a beautiful way.
Karrisma Gallery & Gifts stock giftware, homewares, locally made produce and locally hand made timber products. Liz is on hand to help guide your selection, as there is an eclectic range from which to choose.
"Our lovely store is full of surprises, carrying items from Scandinavia and Australia" is how they describe themselves on Facebook. They have some of the cutest children's clothing, ladies fashion, statement pieces for your home and an array of beautiful blankets. This store certainly is full of surprises!
The Sacred Tree Gifts, stocks jewellery, an amazing range of crystals, inspirational gifts & books for mind, body and spirit. Many will find something special here or enjoy services such as Clairvoyant Readings, Reiki, Soul Retrieval or Aura and Chakra photos.
My Wooden Toy Store evokes a delightful sense of fun, to quote their tag line "For Little People with Big Imagination". Many of the toys may be reminiscent of your (and definitely my) childhood, just a newer version. We discovered our antique tin cowboy and horse was closely replicated and now we have both.
If you have young children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, this is a great place to pick up an unusual gift.
The Australian Alpaca Centre has a beautiful range of alpaca clothing, wool, socks, scarves, throws and homewares. I often walk past and love the window display which is so inviting, with the delightful diffusers, soaps and Thurlby Herb Farm products wafting out the door, you just want to discover more.
How many nights were you planning on spending in Denmark? We found, prior to living here, 2 or 3 is …. just not quite enough.
Denmark To Do List Part 3 – Coming Soon
Please check all opening times and other details, some businesses only have a facebook page, for which a link has been included.
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