There are 121 Shire reserves located within and vested with the Shire of Denmark. 41 reserves are for community oriented services such as drainage, emergency services sites and communications. The remaining 80 reserves have some degree of natural resource management (NRM) input required in order to maintain biodiversity and environmental values. The purpose of these 80 reserves ranges from Conservation, Public Recreation, Parkland Management and resource extraction (gravel and sand). Of these 80 reserves, 12 are classed as A-Class Reserves which secures a higher level of protection of the natural and/or community values.

Parry Beach 

Coastal Reserves

Shire of Denmark coastal reserves

The Shire of Denmark has a coastline covering 84 km. The majority of this land is contained within Conservation Reserves or National Parks, managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. The Shire manages four coastal reserves, located at:

  • Ocean Beach (614 ha);
  • Parry Beach (223 ha);
  • Boat Harbour (59 ha); and,
  • Peaceful Bay (83 ha).

The Shire’s management of its coastal reserves is detailed in the Coastal Reserves Management Strategy and Action Plan 2010 – 2020. The plan prioritises management recommendations for all four Shire coastal reserves for environmental protection, rehabilitation and future land uses over the next ten years. 

Coastal Hazard Risk Management & Adaptation Planning

Ocean Beach and Peaceful Bay Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (2018)

Coastal hazard risk management and adaptation planning is an integral part of decision-making for sustainable development and land use in the coastal zone. The State Coastal Planning Policy 2.6: State Coastal Planning Policy, supports a risk-management approach and provides a framework for undertaking coastal hazard risk management and adaptation planning for coastal hazards in Western Australia.

The Shire’s Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP) addresses coastal hazards for two coastal areas:

  • Ocean Beach: An east facing high-energy beach adjacent to the mouth of the Wilson Inlet. This is the main recreational beach for the town of Denmark.
  • Peaceful Bay: A settlement in the west of the Shire with a sheltered pocket beach (Peaceful Bay) and a longer eroding sandy beach to the east (Foul Bay). Facilities are used by locals, holiday makers and commercial fishers.

The CHRMAP addresses:

  • Identification and assessment of coastal hazards
  • Establishing the context of coastal asset values and community expectations
  • Risk assessment of the potential impact of coastal hazards upon coastal assets
  • Adaptation planning for both short term (ten year) and long term (100 year) planning horizons

Ten-year foreshore concept plans for Ocean Beach and Peaceful Bay were developed in conjunction with the CHRMAP, and reflect the community’s aspirations for future development and land use, balanced with the need for coastal hazard adaptation. The plan can be viewed in the Coastal Documents link below.

Ocean Beach coastal erosion 

Code Off Road

“Code Off Road” – A guide to safe and environmentally responsible coastal 4WD use

South Coast NRM, in partnership with South Coast Management Group, has produced a series of practical maps guiding recreational 4WD use on our coast. The guides cover Denmark, Albany, Bremer Bay, Hopetoun and Esperance and delivers key messages regarding safe and environmentally responsible 4WD drive use, as well as coastal maps. For more information, see the Denmark Code Off Road brochure .

Coastal Documents

Ocean Beach & Peaceful Bay Coastal Hazard Risk Management & Adaptation Plan 2018 -Report

Ocean Beach & Peaceful Bay Coastal Hazard Risk Management & Adaptation Plan 2018 -Appendices

Code of Conduct for Off-Road Driving brochure

Conserving Marine and Coastal Areas Around Denmark brochure

Shire of Denmark Coastal Reserves Management Strategy and Action Plan 2010 – 2020

Coastal Reserve Management and Coastal Erosion Processes

Coastal Website links

Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage State Coastal Planning Policy 2.6 and Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan guidelines 

Lights Beach and Knapp Head

Friends of Reserves Groups

The Shire of Denmark greatly values the contributions of volunteers undertaking bush care activities in bushland, coastal and foreshore reserves vested with the Shire of Denmark and encourages residents who would like to take an active role in reserve management to start their own Friends of Reserve Group. The Shire has developed a Friends of Reserves Strategy to assist these groups and aims to ensure that volunteer bush care activities are undertaken safely and consistent with biodiversity objectives. Please contact the Shire’s Sustainability Officer on phone 9848 0346 if you are interested in forming your own Friends Group or see the documents below.

Reserves Documents

Strickland Street Reserve 15513 Karri Walk Trail Brochure

Denmark River Kwoorabup Beelia Mokare Heritage Trail Brochure

Mount Hallowell Reserve Sheila Hill Walk Trail Brochure

Springdale Beach Foreshore Management Plan

Shire of Denmark Reserves Presentation

Conserving Denmark's Terrestrial Environment brochure

Forming Friends of Reserves Groups brochure

Shire of Denmark Friends of Reserves Strategy (2010)

Shire of Denmark Wilson Inlet Foreshore Reserves Management Plan (2008)

Mount Hallowell Reserve Management Plan (2008)

Shire of Denmark Declared Flora Roads Management Plan (2012)

Code of Practice for Roadside Conservation and Maintenance (2012)

State-Managed Reserves

The Shire of Denmark contains a number of national parks, marine parks, conservation parks and nature reserves which are managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. These areas can have significance at an international, national, regional and local scale and are important for their biodiversity values, heritage value and tourism. State-managed reserves within the Shire of Denmark includes:

  • William Bay National Park
  • Mount Lindesay National Park
  • Walpole-Nornalup National Park
  • Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park
  • Quarram Nature Reserve
  • Kordabup Nature Reserve

State-Managed Reserves Documents

Approved Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) Reserves and Parks Management Plans

William Bay National Park Recreation Master Plan