When I go into a warm therapeutic state of make believe, I like to think that when my husband and I retire we will buy a nice big property in the Denmark forest, raise some chooks, grow our own fruit and veg and be semi self-sufficient as we sip our way through each winery of the region and live out our days in a dazed bliss.
In the mean time we fuel our love for this most charming town by visiting at least twice a year. I've been dragging my husband along to the same places for the past decade and now my kids get to join in the monotonous fun. I have my routine which varies and shriek like a child when we discover something new. Fear not about the alcohol content, we don't get all liquored up. Well, no not anymore. Boozing makes for snoozing which is impossible with children anyway!
Get on this exquisite road and just drive along for one or two bog laps. The road is surrounded by forest and there are ocean views, hillside views and a hideous amount of glorious nature. I highly recommend listening toFleet Foxes Ragged Wood to really feel one with the hipster universe. There are plenty of turn offs to many an enchanting discovery so go ahead and take them.
Go for the cumin, chilli and brie cheeses to name a few as well as the fudge, chutneys, wine and my favourite Marsala (Christmas in a cup!) is a must. Check out the friendly, very still cows and enjoy a platter while overlooking the forest. Serious sensory overload.
Go for my Mums favourite champagne (sorry-sparkling Chardonnay!) or go for the most delicious food. Another gorgeous spot and if you're lucky one of the local singers with a voice like an angel may be there to entertain. Check out the small but sweet gallery and of course the views. Breathtaking.
Taste the beautiful honey, check out the bees, try the honey icecream, or get the heart pumping by practically climbing to a mountain high toilet. This little hidden attraction is abundant in foresty loveliness. Pulls in a lot of tourists but if you go fairly late in the arvo most of the tour buses have disappeared.
We were going to get married here and I silently weep every time we visit as I openly kick my husband in the shins for actually listening to me the one time I wish he hadn't. I adore everything about this place. Even if you don't want to experience the most exquisite food and wine in the most delightful building and setting, drive up, park your car and just do a slow 360 spin around and take in all the gloriousness (a-la Julie Andrews). Just like heaven I imagine.
This amazing estate is kid friendly, dog friendly, offers wonderful service and delicious food and wine. Try the most ridiculously delectable homemade pies and the Pawprint choccy's. A relaxed and picturesque setting where even the dogs are welcoming.
Opening hours to this old worldly winery are by appointment only but I've put it on the list because the estate hosts concerts and events throughout the year. I went to see The Waifs and Tin Pan Orange here and it was such a magical night in a fantastic venue. If you get the chance I would highly recommend seeing any future shin digs this venue puts on, it is a truly unique experience.
I have definitely missed out a huge amount of spectacular places to eat, drink, go and experience in Denmark. Get yourself down to this amazing part of our world and create your own list of favourites, no doubt it will fill up very quickly.
Denmark has a wonderful website so check it out for all that's on offer within the township and the amazing natural attractions that lure thousands of tourists here year after year.