The town of Hyden, four hours east of Perth in Western Australia, is home to one of the most recognisable and photographed landmarks in Australia – Wave Rock. The multicoloured granite formation believed to be over 2,700 million years old, sits an impressive 110 metres long and 15 metres high and appears like a giant wave of water, suspended in the air, about to crash.
Visitors flock to this Wheatbelt town all year round to visit Wave Rock and The Humps, another mighty granite outcrop and the site of Mulka’s Cave, one of WA’s most significant examples of Aboriginal Rock Art where over 450 separate handprints and images tell stories on the ancient walls. From September to November, the outback plains burst with colour as the native wildflowers blossom.
Head way out West and discover the beauty of WA’s wildflowers, natural formations and historic attractions. Flights take you in to Perth for 2 night stay with coach touring which includes visits to Geraldton, Dalwallinu, Hyden, Albany, Pemberton, Margaret River and Busselton. Cruise the Donnelly River, marvel at The Pinnacles and Wave Rock, enjoy the delights of Rottnest Island and be mesmerised by dreamtime legends in the Ngilgi Caves.
The famous Wave Rock is what brings most visitors to the small, Wheatbelt town of Hyden. The traditional owners of the area are the Aboriginal group the Njaki Njaki people, who have lived in the area for thousands of years. All the sites in this region, including Hippo’s Yawn, The Humps and Mulka’s Cave as well as the waterways, flora and fauna have cultural significance to the Njaki Njaki.
It’s believed sandalwood cutters were the first white men in the area, and farming began in the region in 1922 with many of the descendants of these early settlers still living there today. In 1927, the first wheat crop was harvested, and the surrounding areas still produce wheat and other cereal crops. The town relies on cattle and sheep production with mining and tourism also boosting the local economy.
Another local attraction is Wave Rock Wildlife Park. Set on three hectares of natural bushland, the park is home to kangaroos (including rare white kangaroos) wallabies, wombats, koalas, camels, donkeys, alpacas, bettongs, and possums. Birdlife such as emus, swans, and owls can be found, while native lizards freely roam the park.
Wave Rock Wildflower Shoppe is home to The Lace Place with an exquisite collection of local and international lace, the largest in the southern hemisphere. The Toy Soldier Museum collection is unique in the world with tens of thousands of military miniatures arranged into historic scenes.
Discover Wave Rock at Hyden and other amazing natural attractions on one of our Western Australia tours.
Wave Rock is located in Western Australia, specifically in the small town of Hyden, which is approximately 340 kilometers east of Perth. The towering granite formation attracts over 100,000 visitors to Hyden every year.
Wave Rock was formed by a combination of geological and weathering processes, when molten magma forced into the earth's crust cooled and solidified into granite. Geologists believe that it’s taken around 2.7 billion years for wind and rain to carve the rock into its unique ocean wave shape.
Today, the natural granite rock formation is a popular tourist attraction and an important cultural site for the local the Njaki Njaki people. It is also recognized as a geological wonder and an example of the power and beauty of nature.
Technically yes but the area is not well lit and could be dangerous to visit at night. It is recommended to visit during daylight hours when you can appreciate the rock formation in all its natural glory.
The rock is a magnificent sight any time of day, but at sunset some of Hyden’s 40 species of birds take to the skies to show off their brilliant colours and cacophony of songs.
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