Lights Beach

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Denmark is a small south coastal town which was established on the Denmark River by Europeans in 1895 to service the timber industry.  As native timber resources dwindled agriculture became important but over the last 10 years tourism and wine production have grown significantly.  The permanent population of Denmark Shire is only just over 5,000, but the town is very popular with visitors during the summer holidays.

Denmark can be reached by car from Perth in 4Ĺ hours, or you may choose to fly to Albany and drive the 54km from there.  Accommodation varies from caravan sites up to 5 star resorts such as Kari Mia. 

Lights is a small sheltered beach situated within the William Bay National Park.  The beach is only some 100m wide with granite boulders on both sides, but is clean and picturesque.  Signs in the car park warn that beaches in the area are subject to rips and can be dangerous for swimming.  It is suggested that you exercise due care and do not swim out beyond the rocks. 

The beach access has recently been upgraded by Coastcare as part of a cooperative program involving all levels of Government.  Please note the warning signs, and follow the Coastcare Code of the Coast: stay on the designated tracks, and avoid disturbing dune vegetation or native animals. 

Facilities

The gravel car park has recently been upgraded with a composting toilet, however there are no rubbish bins so please take your refuse home with you.  Water can be obtained from the Lights Beach Tearooms.  Other facilities are available at Ocean Beach or in Denmark.

Current Status

The Denmark Shire Council has not designated the beach for unclad bathing and its attitude in this popular tourist destination is unclear.  However the beach is commonly used by local residents, and the Tourist Bureau will direct visitors wishing to skinny dip to Lights Beach.

When To Visit

The weather is usually suitable between December and March but occasional days outside this period can be delightful.  Temperatures vary from 20 to 30oC during the day in these months with occasional coastal rain.

A sea breeze can comes in around midday so the morning is usually the best time on the beach.  You can usually use the rocks for shelter if the wind is blowing.

Contacts

There are no contacts for this area.  The Denmark Tourist Bureau can be contacted by telephone on (08) 9848-2055, by fax on (08) 9848-2271 or by e-mail to touristb@denmarkwa.net.au

How To Get There

From the centre of Denmark (crossroads at the Co-op & Dewsons) take the South Coast Highway 400m west up the hill to the junction with Ocean Beach road.  Turn left and drive 6.2km to a right turn into Lights road.  Then 4.3km to the Lights Beach tearooms and turn left on to the gravel road for a further 1.1km to the car park.

Leave the car park on the right hand side along the Bibbulmun Track and walk about 300m on to the beach where a small creek crosses the track.  The Bibbulmun Track cross the back of the beach so donít be surprised to see walkers.

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