Wave Rock Walk Circuit, Hyden
Read about Aboriginal and early settlement stories, the birds, the night sky, and the weather on this 3.6 kilometre loop walk. The trail follows the short route to Hippo’s Yawn before branching out through expansive salt lakes. It goes past the resort before looping back to the cafe, shops and starting point at the car park. Bikes allowed.
About the Trail
For something completely different, a stroll along the well-formed Wave Rock Walk Circuit shows how salt affects the land. Despite its damaging nature to farmland, the salty landscape can be starkly beautiful. Skeleton looking dead trees dominate and provide a dramatic sight, especially around sunset or sunrise.
After plenty of rain, the often dry lakes are transformed into a watery wonderland. Again, away from the salty areas, there are numerous wildflowers in spring. The trail is also suitable for bike riders. As with all official trails in the Hyden area, there is plenty of interpretive signage to inform the trail user.
This walk is suitable for families with small children in prams and for visitors with bicycles. Enquire at the Wave Rock Kiosk about the quiz page available for children.
Need to Know
Head for Hyden to catch one of Australia's biggest waves - it's nowhere near the ocean, but it is home to world famous Wave Rock. Over 2,700 million years in the making, the wave rises 15 metres over the outback plain, which becomes a sea of colourful wildflower blooms in spring. Take a three to four hour drive or a guided day tour from Perth, passing farmland and wheat fields, to Hyden. From there, it's just a four kilometre drive east to reach Wave Rock and other attractions within the 160 hectare nature reserve, including Hippo's Yawn and Mulka's Cave. The 110 metre long multi-coloured granite cliff of Wave Rock looks like it's about to crash onto the bush. Pose on the rock face or follow the walk trails around the base and over the top. At sunset, birds burst into song and the sky becomes a riot of colour and sound, creating a unique experience. Nearby, a collection of over 450 ancient rock paintings cover the walls of Mulka's Cave, telling the story of a local Aboriginal legend. And from September to December, the surrounding plains are painted with the colours of nature as thousands of varieties of wildflowers come into bloom. You may also spot some of the 40 species of birds that call Wave Rock home. For encounters of the marsupial kind, head for Hyden's wildlife park where you're invited to meet the koalas and rare white kangaroos. In Hyden, another impressive collection awaits at the Lace Place, which proudly houses the largest collection of lace in the southern hemisphere. Located in the Wildflower Shoppe, pieces include handmade lace from the 1600s and an off-cut from the Princess of Wales' wedding veil. Other attractions include an 18-hole golf course, a pioneer museum, a toy soldier museum and an observatory. Scenic flights are available, providing aerial views of Wave Rock and the outback plain beyond. Bakeries, bistros, hotels, fine dining restaurants and cafes cater for every taste, and there's a good range of options for your overnight stay, with motels and cottages, a backpacker hostel and caravan park.