Walking through a carpet of Spring Western Australian wildflowers near Wave Rock, under a bright blue sky, listening to the wind in the Sheoak trees, you will come across a magnificent, prehistoric rock formation. You will marvel at the size and shape, eroded by the weather over millions of years. This is Wave Rock. waverock.com.au
No visit to the Wheatbelt is complete without a visit to Wave Rock. There are many Points of Interest along the way, so either chart your course before leaving, or keep a look out for signs – phone coverage can be a little sketchy at times. Be sure to stop in at the dog cemetery. Rather interesting and a bit of a tear-jerker.
And do try to fit in a drive along the Tin Horse Highway. It’s a real crowd pleaser.
But nothing draws a crowd like the magnificent Wave Rock itself. It is a truly unique experience and if you’re coming from Perth – worth the drive. There is a fee, but for people staying at the caravan park – Wave rock is free! The track to the wave itself is easy enough for most fitness levels and of course the photo opportunities are endless.
There are a few access points to the top of the rock. This is a bit more physically demanding, though plenty of folk seemed to manage up the stairs with no problems. Obviously caution is recommended, particularly near the edges – it’s a long drop.
Appropriate footwear is recommended when the weather is wet, it can get slippery up there. The views are spectacular as is watching the sun setting. It’s quite breath taking and no doubt rather heavenly to see during spring when the wildflowers put on a show.
Be sure to take the walk trail to Hippo’s Yawn and if you’re feeling adventurous explore the rock itself. There are a few nooks and crannies for amateur rock climbing if you are keen.If not there is a bench conveniently placed right in front of the hippo’s mouth. Plenty of photo opportunities and if you’re not up for a walk along the trail, it’s only a quick drive from Wave Rock. The car park is nice and close too.
Set off early for a day trip, though there is something to be said for the gorgeous Wheatbelt sky at night. Accommodation options include the Wave Rock Caravan Park, the Wave Rock Motel and the Wave Rock Resort. Even if you don’t plan on staying be sure to visit the resort where visitors can experience Lake Magic – a salt water lake supposedly similar to the Dead Sea. It was still under construction on a recent trip, but promises to be a unique spot to visit when in the area (Hippo’s Yawn walk trail will also lead you to the resort.). Mulka’s cave is another one to check out and only 15kms from Wave Rock.
Food can be purchased from the Wave Rock Café or click here for more options. Open 9am – 5pm though probably best to contact them for kitchen hours if you’re looking for an afternoon meal. This is also the entrance to the Wildflower gift shop, Lace Collection, Miniature Soldier Museum and the Wildlife Park. Entry fees apply for all except the gift shop.
Wave Rock Rd, Hyden
Contact: The Wave Rock Website
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