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Mulka's Cave

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by Olive Butler (subscribe)
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Published July 11th 2021
Mulka's Cave is located only 18km away from Wave Rock. The cave is home to rich Aboriginal history. The story of the cave goes that it was home to a cross-eyed man who was the child of a forbidden relationship. His cross-eyes meant that he couldn't throw a spear accurately and prevented him from becoming a successful hunter. Becoming frustrated this man, named Mulka, began catching and eating human children in his cave. It is said that Mulka stood at a "colossal height". This claim is backed up by the presence of handprints on the cave out of range for the average human reach.

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The front entrance of Mulka's cave


The cave is also home to Aboriginal line art and other handprints that are thought to represent both adults and children. These prints are made by placing a hand on the rock, then blowing over it with pigment. It is unclear how old these are but some artefacts and bones found within the old campfires have been dated back to 400 years old.

Within the vicinity of Mulka's Cave is a large granite rock formation known as The Humps. There are two walk trails around the cave and the humps. The first is the Gnamma Trail which is 1.2km long and follows interpretive educational panels to help visitors understand the surrounding landscape and culture. The second trail is the Kalari Trail, this trail is 1.6km long and takes walkers up to the summit of the humps. We didn't have time to explore either of these trails but would love to in the future.

We found Mulka's Cave to be a beautiful preservation of the world's oldest living culture.
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Why? Observe Aboriginal culture
When: 24 hours
Where: Hyden WA 6359
Cost: free
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