Elephant Rocks and Elephant Cove is one of our favourite places to visit on the South Coast. As it name suggests, Elephant Rocks looks exactly like a herd of elephants, paddling in the shallow waters.
Elephant Rocks has it's own carpark when you get to William Bay National Park. It's below the Greens Pool carpark (down to the left at the t-junction.)
Once parked, a light stroll along the pathway and you'll see the signs to Elephant Rocks (pointing left). You can see the 'elephants' from a lookout point in the trail.
For the more adventureous, descend the staircase and make your way between two towering rocks onto the beach... watch the waves though... difficult to escape a foot-wetting at high tide... These huge cracked elephant-shaped oval rocks make a stunning sight as they gaze out upon the Great Southern Ocean.
From the Greens Pool car park it is a good ten minute walk over the rises on a well-kept track to these rugged stone animals. Take the left fork on your way down to Greens Pool, and walk around the rocky headland until you merge with the Elephant Rocks path.
You can view the rocks from above and behind or follow the staircase down between the rocks to Elephant Cove, just to the east. Elephant Cove is accessed via a staircase which descends between the rocks and ends in a beachy rock-crevasse allowing you to walk between the rocks and out onto the beach.
Elephant Cove is an amazing place to visit as it is not easily accessed and many people stop at the lookout rather than venture down the stairs and onto the beach...
Remember, the Great Southern Ocean coastline is prone to surges, so be extremely aware when climbing or walking close to the waterline. The beach at Elephant Cove as well as that of Greens Pool is quite protected by the lines of rocks out to sea and are a common place to swim.
The rocks themselves are incredible shapes and are stained from years of standing on the beach. Stone elephants sure are patient creatures. They tower above you as you enter the Cove giving you a sense of perspective.
Elephant Cove is a nice place to explore while in Denmark. Remember, always explore with another person and always be careful near the ocean.
Elephant Cove is alive. Some creatures are built-in to their surroundings, like this amazingly coloured crab... blending almost perfectly into a water-filled crack in the rocks. Another beautiful resident of the south west coast. It's takes all types to make a place as beautiful as Denmark...
ALWAYS watch the ocean. The Southern Ocean is prone to King Waves (giant waves) ALWAYS watch children in and around the water, and keep your eye on the waterline. Look for the highest place the along the beach and rocks that are WET. Be safe.
The rocks are steep and sheer. Be extremely careful at the top of the path above the 'elephants'. Be extremely CAREFUL near the ocean. Never leave children unattended. Do not climb out over the rocks.
Elephant Rocks is on the William Bay National Park Map. Off South Coast Hwy 15k West of Denmark.