Hyden is located 340km east of Perth and is famous for its natural icon Wave Rock. The 15m high granite rock face stretches 110m long and appears extraordinarily like a wave. The black, grey, yellow and orange vertical stripes are the result of chemical deposits being washed down the rock face by rain over many years. The wave like formation is due to gradual erosion. Wave Rock is unique and amazing and standing on top of the rock there are some picturesque views of the surrounding area.
A short stroll past Wave Rock is Hippo’s Yawn, another rock named after its unusual appearance, a hippopotamus’ open mouth. You can stand in the cavity and marvel at the surprising rock formation. The walk through bushland is very pleasant and only about 15 to 20 minutes return, taking in the wildflowers and the wildlife along the way.
There is a caravan park located at the base of the rock amongst the natural bushland. It offers a variety of accommodation options including cabins and onsite vans as well as powered and unpowered camp sites. There is also a kiosk and Visitor Centre on site and the Wave Rock Caravan Park is pet friendly.
Alternatively, accommodation is also available in the centre of town at the Wave Rock Motel, which offers suites, dining and refreshments and also has a swimming pool for your enjoyment.
Mulka’s Cave is located about 30km from town and features aboriginal rock art as well as interpretive walking trails. This is an interesting port of call for aboriginal art enthusiasts. Mulka was an aboriginal outlaw leaving behind his handprints in the cave.
Hyden is a small wheatbelt town of Western Australia’s Golden Outback, with adequate services and facilities making its living off the land and from tourism. It’s a unique destination worth checking out for yourself.