Towering about the barren landscape of the Western Australian wheat belt, Wave Rock is a prehistoric rock formation like few that exist anywhere else. The enormous rock is in the shape of a wave, captured in stone seconds before breaking. Wave Rock is located in the small town of Hyden, some 340 kilometres east-southeast of Perth, and sits on the north side of a hill, known as Hyden Rock. Visitors come to see the wave, explore several other interesting natural rock formations in the area, and see the region’s other attractions, which range from natural to historical.

Things to do and See at Wave Rock

  • Wave Rock – The largest example of a ‘flared slope’ structure in Australia, Wave Rock is believed to have formed more than 20 million years ago. It stands around 14 metres (46 feet) high, stretches for 110 metres (360 feet), and is known for its unusual colouring. This colouring, varying shades of yellow, red and grey that have formed in vertical strips down the rock face, has been caused by minerals washing down the rock over the centuries. The Wave Rock formation has been a source of interest for both the scientific community and the public in the last few years, and is actually one of a number (although Wave Rock is the most impressive) of similar flared slopes in the area. Wave Rock can be visited at any time, but many visitors prefer to visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon to see the changing light on the rock.

  • Wave Rock Wildlife Park – The Wave Rock Wildlife Park, located within easy reach of Wave Rock, is a three hectare property of native Australian bushland. Home to a number of native Australian and exotic animals, the Wildlife Park is an easy way for visitors to see and learn about the area’s fauna. The Wave Rock Wildlife Park is home to different species of kangaroos, emus, wallabies, koalas, wombats and lizards. There is a large colony of birds at the park, including pink and grey galahs, magpies, mudlarks, crows, currawongs and ‘twenty eight’ parrots. Unique among many other similar wildlife parks, the Wave Rock Wildlife Park allows visitors to interact with some of the safer animals, which roam freely in the park.

  • Rock Formations – Wave Rock is certainly the most popular attraction in the area, but there are other rock formations that are equally worth seeing on your visit. These include Hippos Yawn, a 12 metre high rock that resembles the open mouth of a hippopotamus located around 2 kilometres from Wave Rock. Other formations visitors will likely enjoy seeing include The Humps, Camel Peaks, King Rocks and a number of other smaller formations located around the park area.
  • Other Area Activities – Apart from rock formations and wildlife, the Wave Rock area is home to a replica pioneer town, the cave of a legendary Aboriginal law-breaker, and a number of beautiful bush walks. The cave has a particularly interesting legend, that states a giant man named Mulka lived there after he was exiled from his people for his evil ways. Those who believe the legend should keep an eye out for his giant handprints that are stencilled on the wall along with thousands of others, dating back thousands of years. Information on these activities can be found at the visitors centre near the entrance to Wave Rock.

Prices

Entrance to Wave Rock and surrounding sites is free, but the Hyden township charges $10 per car for parking.

Tips

  • Heat – Wave Rock and the areas that surround it are not widely vegetated, and can be very dry. This landscape can increase the feeling of heat-stress in visitors, particularly those who choose to undertake walks in the area. Visitors should be aware of this, and remember to cover up with a hat, sunscreen and longer sleeves to avoid sunburn. Also, remember to bring lots of water.
  • Wildflowers – Hyden and the areas of Wave Rock are most popular between the months of September and November. During this time, which is spring in Australia, thousands of the area’s wildflowers bloom, totally changing the landscape and inserting splashes of colour not seen at any other time of the year.
  • Eating and Drinking – Although the township of Hyden is quite popular with tourists, its small population means there aren’t many facilities for eating and drinking. Unless you’re travelling with a tour that will organise food for you, visitors are urged to bring their own food and beverages.

Transport

  • Car: The drive to Wave Rock takes around 4.5 hours from Perth, and is a big drive to do in just one day. However, those planning on spending more time in the area can get to Wave Rock and Hyden via State Route 40.

Interesting Facts

  • The Wave Rock Wildlife Park is home to a very unusual species, rarely seen in Australia: the White Kangaroo. The kangaroo, although often thought to be an albino variety, is in fact a rare colouring of the local species.
  • Crystals found close to Wave Rock in the 1960s were dated as being 2,700 million years old, some of the oldest ever found in Australia.

4 Reviews

  1. awinasis
    awinasis
    Indonesia 15 Comments
     -  29 Oct 2017

    Excellent

    Unique landscape, we visited there on a tour ($$$). I suggest you go there by renting a car instead. Day trip from Perth, great place for nature lovers. Don’t forget to see the Hippos yawn

  2. RaGS
    RaGS
    New Zealand 134 Comments
     -  04 Oct 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    An amazing piece of landscape- sculptured by Nature. We also enjoyed the animals at the animal park (especially the camel- she fell in love with my son, and cried when we left). Also the dried flower- work in The Wildflower Shoppe! We went for a walk all over the Rock and had a very interesting day. There are some great towns in the area to explore on the way out from the cities of the Western coast- Hyden itself has street art, a Lace Place and a miniature toy soldier Museum, Wagin with the giant Ram, and the tin-horse highway at Kulin, and Lake Grace is a lovely spot too. Don’t just come to Wave Rock, explore the country!

  3. karafox
    karafox
    United Kingdom 87 Comments
     -  17 Sep 2017

    It was good

    Reilly incredible bit of nature, but a 3 hours drive each way. We enjoyed the experience of the Wave and there are a couple of short bush walks nearby, but it is a long way to go for what basically constituted an hour stop, the we went to the visitors centre for an over priced lunch and drove the 3 hours back again. Better to make it a camping trip rather than a day trip.

  4. EleanorH
    EleanorH
    United Kingdom 43 Comments
     -  18 Jul 2017

    Excellent

    Wave Rock is an amazing natural wonder, it is, but it’s SO FAR AWAY from anything else. So make sure you really want to go there before you decide to make the trip. There’s a campsite and guest house there, and a few other rock formations and walks to do, but besides the wave itself there’s not a lot. It’s so interesting to walk along the wave, you can hear water moving around inside, and climb on the top to watch the sunset. Great photo opps.

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