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Wave Rock

 

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A popular guided one or two-day trip from Perth is to the ancient cresting rock formation near Hyden known as Wave Rock.
 

This extraordinary formation, thought to be 2,700 million years old, is the north face of a larger rocky hill known as Hyden Rock.

It’s just under 4 hours drive east from Perth through WA’s wheatbelt and farming country to the small community of Hyden and a short drive to the Hyden Wildlife Park – a 160 hectare reserve which includes Hyden Rock and the Wave Rock. It is the 100m long and 15m high Wave Rock that is the highlight of the park with what is referred to as a ‘flared slope’ with the concave shape of the granitic rock. The shape is likely to be the result of chemical and groundwater erosion over millions of years.

Wave Rock comprises vertical strands of different shades of granite and the bands of colour and contours of the rock provide great material for keen photographers, particularly in the golden morning and afternoon sunlight. Sunset is also a good time for seeing some of the 40 or more species of birds that live around Wave Rock and create a cacophony of birdsong at dusk. Keep an eye out for wedge-tailed eagles that live in the area.

Wave Rock or ‘Katter Kich’ has strong cultural connections for the Noongar people who used rock as a meeting place. About 20 minutes drive north of Hyden is Mulka’s Cave in The Humps Nature Reserve, which has a wealth of Aboriginal rock art with over 450 individual items from hand stencils to paintings and motifs.

If you are travelling during September to December then your visit will be greeted by fields of spectacular wildflowers including stunning orchids. In Hyden be sure to visit the Lace Place with the largest collection of laces in the southern hemisphere, see the koalas and white kangaroos at the wildlife park and visit the pioneer museum.

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