There's always something to see and do in Hyden

 

Local Attractions and Events in Hyden

There is always something to see and do and plenty happening in Hyden. Here at The Wave Rock Country Cottage we provide you with the latest information to help you get the most out of your stay. See our list of the local attractions and events that are well worth a look.

Wave Rock and Hippos Yawn

Wave Rock is a granite cliff 15 metres high and 110 metres long. It’s rounded-like shape has been caused by weathering and water erosion which has undercut the base and left a rounded overhang. Water from the springs running down the rock during wetter months dissolves minerals adding to the colouring of the wave. In 1960, crystals from Hyden Rock were dated at being 2700 million years old, which are amongst the oldest in Australia.

Hippo’s Yawn consists of an unusually shaped granite tor that was formerly part of the larger outcrop. This is the second most visited site in Hyden. It is connected to Wave Rock and the car park by a loop walking track, approx 1 km long. Vehicle access is also provided.

Cost:

$10 per vehicle (to be paid at the entrance to Wave Rock) once you are in the reserve, payment can be paid at the meter or kiosk.

 

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Explore the Humps and Mulka’s Cave

A 15 minute drive north of Wave Rock you will see a “giant” lurching out of the bushland. This massive granite rock formation is known as the Humps – grab your hat, sun screen and water bottle and explore!

Walk Trails

Gnamma Trail (1,220 metres) On this trail are ten interpretive panels to help you understand this landscape using the words and illustrations of local Noongar elders and artists. It features two Gnamma (rock holes) and a lizard trap, all believed to have been used by Noongar people for centuries.

Kalari Trail (1,670 metres) The trail climbs steadily (but not steeply) to the summit, which affords outstanding panoramic views of the outlying farming land. Interpretive signs focus on the fascinating geology of the rock and the plants that grow on it.

Mulka’s Cave

The name “Mulka” comes from an Aboriginal Legend associated with the cave. As you enter the cave (take a few moments for your eyes to adjust) and look at the walls and note the many hand stencils believed to representing adults and children.

Cost:

Included in the Wave Rock Entry Pass

Wave Rock Weekender

The Wave Rock Weekender is on again this year over the September Long weekend. The weekender is an intimate boutique festival experience with a soul bigger than the 270 million-year-old Wave Rock itself, where various artists come together with people from all over the world to camp out at the Wave Rock Caravan Park and enjoy great booze and food, films. High-quality caravan park camping with full park facilities and a huge salt pool for swimming and most of all – the amazing Wave Rock!

Salt Pond

Close to Lake Magic, a large local salt lake, Denis Collins constructed a 20m round, 6m deep swimming pool-like gypsum pond whose buoyancy and therapeutic properties are greater than those of the Dead Sea. You must try to understand the special euphoria created by floating around in the middle of this dramatically beautiful landscape with the sounds of the festival off in the distance. It is about an 800m walk from the site.

Cost:

Free

Wildflowers and Orchids

During spring the bushland comes alive with an explosion of colour. Every way you turn, there will be a different colour and variety of amazing flowers to see. It is a photographer’s delight and you will spend hours searching for the rare orchids that grow in the area. Some of the more common plants growing in the district include; Verticordias, Cricket Ball Hakea, Pigface, Bottlebrush Grevillea, Blue-eyed Smoke Bush, Granite Bottlebrush, Tinsel Flower and Flame Grevillea. Some of the orchids that you will find include; Spider, Donkey, Bee, Cowslip, Ant, Dragon, and different Sun Orchids.

Cost:

Free

The Wildlife Park

Three hectares of natural bushland creates a beautiful haven for the native and exotic animals and birds that live at the Wave Rock Wildlife Park. Don’t miss the white, grey or silver kangaroos and wallabies, koalas, golden possums, deers, donkeys, alpacas, camels, exotic poultry, water birds, swans, owls, betongs, wombats and many more.

Many other native animals and birds like the area so much that they have moved in, so keep an eye out for native birds and lizards that roam freely throughout the park.

Tables and seating are provided throughout the park for your convenience. Please feel welcome to bring your own picnic lunch or alternatively you can purchase lunch, snacks and drinks at the Wildflower Shoppe Cafe.

This wildlife park is solely cared for by a founder of the tourism industry in Hyden Valerie Mouritz, who has dedicated her life to these animals. Her love for elephants is a theme evident throughout the park.

Opening Times

Open 9am – 5pm daily. Entry through the Wildflower Shop.

Cost

Adult $8, Child $5

The Lace Place

Check out the new Lace Place website at www.waverocklaceplace.com.au

The Lace Place Museum was built in 1990 to house the Blackburn Collection. Mrs Margaret Blackburn OAM JP of Perth (1920 -1990) had a keen interest in history and lace. To her own inherited family collection, she added pieces from Australia and overseas and was able to incorporate several smaller collections. Her Order of Australia Medal was awarded for service to Commercial Education.

The Blackburn Collection, offered as a bequest to the Western Australian Museum, was later purchased by the Mouritz family in Hyden. The Lace Place was officially opened on June 29, 1993 by his Excellency the Governor General of Western Australia, Sir Francis Burt.

The cabinets designed by Mrs Blackburn and Russel Mouritz are made from Western Australian Jarrah by Mr Haddad from Hadded Fine Furniture. Information folios are provided.

The original collection is complimented by antique gowns and wedding dresses from the Valerie Mouritz Collection. Additions by gift and purchase are frequently made to both collections.

The display was arranged by lace maker / curator Olwyn Scott, Valerie Mouritz and Sheenagh Collins.

Opening Times

Open 9am – 5pm daily. Entry through the Wildflower Shop.

Cost

$5 – Gold Pass is available

The Miniature Soldier Museum

This amazing collection of over 10,000 handmade pieces are displayed in series of the great wars. See soldiers at war in jungles and deserts and the six metre long display of the 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

See soldiers at battle in jungles and deserts with miniature tanks and guns. This amazing display includes the Napoleonic War, the American Civil War, the Zulu War, the Pacific War, the Russian War, World War 1 and World War 2.

Please enjoy the work of Alex Smith’s life long love.

Opening Times

Open 9am – 5pm daily. Entry through the Wildflower Shop.

Cost

Adult $8, Child $5