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Hyden

Visitor Centre:
Wave Rock Visitor Centre
Wave Rock
Phone: (08) 9880 5182
Visitor website: www.waverock.com.au
General:
Hyden really does owe its continued success to its best known natural attraction, Wave Rock. Over 130,000 tourists flock here each year to photograph this amazing natural feature. In Spring, dozens of varieties of wildflowers produce carpets of colour and more than 40 different species of birds can be seen.
Attractions:
Wave Rock

This is one of Western Australia’s most photographed attractions. Wave Rock is located 4kms east of Hyden in a 160ha bush reserve. It is a spectacular granite formation, reaching over 15m high and thought to be in excess of 2,700 million years old.

The ‘wave’ is approximately 110m long on the northern side of a granite outcrop called Hyden Rock. It looks like an enormous wave ready to break and it is streaked with rusty red, ochre and sandy grey. These bands of colour resemble the rolling motions of the ocean.

The Lace Place

The Lace Place is an incredible collection of antique laces, including lace worn by Queen Victoria.

Pioneer Town Museum

Pioneer Town Museum houses local and regional memorabilia from the 1890s onward. Open 8.30am—5.30pm.

Wave Rock Wildlife Park

Enjoy an encounter with Australian fauna at the Wave Rock Wildlife Park. It has koalas, wombats, kangaroos, water birds and parrots in a natural bush environment. Open 9am - 5.30pm.

Other Formations

There are actually several examples of such ‘waves’ in the Hyden area. It is well worth the effort to see some of the other smaller, but equally spectacular, ones. Other rock features within the area include the unusual Hippo’s Yawn, the Humps, the Breakers, the Falls and the legendary Mulka’s Cave.

State Barrier Fence

Previously known as the Rabbit Proof Fence, the State Barrier Fence South Section passes to the east of Hyden.

It was originally constructed between 1901 and 1907 in a desperate bid to hold back the invading rabbits that were spreading across Australia from the east. It used 8,000 tonnes of materials in its construction.