Denmark Fairy Doors Trail - Atlas Obscura

Denmark Fairy Doors Trail

Denmark, Australia

This magical trail takes visitors on a journey round miniature wooden houses on the picturesque Denmark River. 


Denmark is a charming and picturesque town located on the south coast of Western Australia. It is known for its stunning natural beauty, diverse landscapes, and a vibrant arts community. The Denmark Fairy Doors Trail was first brought to the attention of the public in 2021 by local resident and photographer Ian Rorke, who was taking photographs of local wildlife and said he stumbled upon some fairies after hearing a tapping noise.

As the story goes, he then came across a small wooden house and this led to the construction of many more similar dwellings. The small wooden houses can be found nestled behind bushes and on the tree bases and the vibrant colours light up the wooded riverside area in a remarkable way. The trail in total is approximately 3.8 kilometers and takes visitors along the banks of both sides of the Denmark River.

Visitors to the Denmark Fairy Doors Trail may be lucky enough to see wildlife such as pelicans and herons, living among the paperbark and kari trees. The trail is part of the Mokare Heritage Trail, a popular walking track which is named after Mokare, an indigenous Aboriginal leader who accompanied early explorer Dr Thomas Braidwood Wilson, who was one of the early Western settlers to this part of Australia.

Know Before You Go

There are many places to park on Hollings Road where the trail begins.

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