Shire of Denmark
Area: 1,843 sq km
Population: 5,748 (2013)
The Shire of Denmark stretches from the western boundary of the City of Albany to the Frankland River, bordering the South West region. The town of Denmark, 50km west of Albany, is the administrative centre of the Shire, and the smaller communities of Peaceful Bay and Nornalup lie further to the west.
Denmark and its communities were built on the timber trade, drawing on karri trees from the Shire’s forests in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Agriculture is now Denmark’s main industry, and 80 per cent of the Shire is now protected national park. The Shire is strong in viticulture, dairy, beef and sheep farming.
Denmark’s diverse population boasts a wide range of craft and cultural skills. Cottage industries thrive and the arts community is active.
Denmark is a popular tourist destination, offering quality cool climate wines, beautiful coastline and towering forests. The Munda Biddi Trail and Bibbulmun Track allow visitors and locals to experience the region’s wilderness through recreation activities.
Other local government areas in the Great Southern: City of Albany, Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup, Shire of Cranbrook, Shire of Gnowangerup, Shire of Jerramungup, Shire of Katanning, Shire of Kent, Shire of Kojonup, Shire of Plantagenet and Shire of Woodanilling