Distance: 3km loop
Trail Marker: Partial signage, very easy to follow
Cost: $0, free entry
Toilet Facilities: Yes, at start/finish
Dog Friendly: Yes
Date Hiked: 28th March 2020
The Mokare Heritage Trail is a family friendly 3km loop trail that runs alongside the Denmark River, offering visitors beautiful views of the forest and river, birdlife, wildflowers and natural bushland. The trail can start almost anywhere around the river but we started at the carpark in Berridge Park and made our way around in an anti-clockwise direction. Denmark is a coastal town located on the Wilson Inlet in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia. The trail takes in both banks of the Denmark river between the traffic bridge and the old railway bridge at the river mouth. The trail commemorates Mokare (pronounced Mo-Ka-ri), a leader of the Minang Tribe and guide to Dr Thomas Braidwood Wilson on his 1829 expedition into the district.
Departing the carpark the first point of interest was the 'Old Tennis Courts, of the Denmark Tennic Club which remained opened for 40 years before having to relocate due to difficulties with maintaining level surfaces on the riverbank. Our exploration continued through giant Karri trees to the Railway Bridge, Denmarks third railway bridge. The two previous bridges were built in 1896 & 1908 near the present traffic bridge. This bridge was built in 1929 when the Elleker-Nornalup railway was realigned along the shore of the Wilson Inlet. It was decked in 1985 for the Mokare Heritage Trail and widened in 1987.
The views as you cross the bridge are worth stopping for, the Denmark Rivermouth and back to the traffic bridge. Across the bridge, the trail links up with the Wilson Heritage Trail, one we will have to do another day. From here the trail heads down the stairs and heads back along the banks of the river towards the traffic bridge this time via a path lined with Paperbark trees. Just prior to the traffic bridge you'll find the John Clark Memorial Bandstand, well actually you may not by the time you go as my understanding is that it's being demolished much to the sadness of locals. Continuing over the traffic bridge and back into Berridge Park which is such a beautiful place to enjoy a picnic with the family so make sure you plan accordingly and make a day out of it. Plenty of other beautiful places to see to add to the adventure.