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About Hippo’s Yawn, Hyden
The end point of this easily followed and marked trail is Hippo's Yawn. The shallow cave is about 13 metres tall at its mouth and looks like the name suggests. Although a worthy attraction in itself, the loop walk is particuarly interesting for wildflower enthusiasts.
Take a stroll in late winter or spring and play close attention to ground level. Look carefully and you will spot patches of tiny ground orchids. Some are very hard to spot such as greenhoods, unlike the more showy spider orchids. Then go to the visitors centre and see if you can spot your orchid on the chart. It's a lot of fun and challenging for the kids.
Be trail ready for Hippo’s Yawn, Hyden
Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
30 to 40 minutes
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails)
- Minimum 2 litres of water per person per day
- Sturdy shoes
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant
- Binoculars and camera (optional)
- Map or guide book where suggested
- Snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trail
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions including a water/windproof jacket
- First Aid kit
Wave Rock carpark, 3km from Hyden, 334km (3.5 hours) east of Perth
No bushwalking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.
FacilitiesCamping, caravan sites and cabins at Wave Rock
- Access with assistance for the Disabled
- Access without assistance for the Disabled
- Bicycles Prohibited
- Car Park
- Dog Friendly
- Interpretive Centre
- Picnic Area
- Shaded Area
- Visitor Information Centre
Best time of year
August, September, October
Entry fee per car
Drive or fly to Hyden. 2WD accessible.
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