Denmark is a charming town located on the banks of the beautiful Denmark River and surrounded by a striking natural backdrop of native woodland, green farmland and the rugged south coast. The area’s attractive scenery and serenity are a drawcard and inspiration for artists and culturally minded retirees, which has resulted in a thriving arts community. Creative and artistic expression is a defining trait of the community.
Guests can stroll local galleries and meet the makers of furniture, pottery, glass, sculptures, paintings and even jigsaws. A must-stop is the Butter Factory Studios, located in the character-filled Old Butter Factory. As well as being home to six artists working in a variety of media, the building is an open workspace and gallery, and often hosts life drawing sessions, workshops and exhibitions by guest artists.
Food and wine trails
You can easily spend a day (or two) sipping your way through the region’s cellar doors. Dotted throughout the picturesque hills behind the town you’ll find several boutique wineries producing superb semillon sauvignon blanc and bold shiraz, among other varieties.
Follow the routes of the early timber cutters on the 34-kilometre Scotsdale Tourist Drive or take the Mount Shadforth Scenic Drive. Both trails will provide plenty of photo opportunities and take you past several cellar doors and a range of gourmet food producers.