Wave Rock and the Wheatbelt

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Posted 2014-03-23 by Maggie Szabofollow
Wave Rock is one of those awesome places with a rather un-imaginitive name but which is just amazing when you see it. The Brookton Highway will take you out to Hyden, which is the town near Wave Rock, so you really can't get lost. Stop at Corrigan for a cuppa and a photo at the big black dog - a monument to the world record held for the number of dogs in utes. Only in Australia!
After your cuppa and rest, drive on to Hyden and make sure you stop and have a look at the great metal sculptures by the side of the road. Great outback art.

Then you can drive on to the very well signposted Wave Rock. The car park is great, the $10 per car ticket not so great. The ticket machine also only takes coins so unless you walk around with ten bucks loose change in your pocket, you'll need to cross over to the office and buy one there.

Now you can go to the rock.

This is a totally awesome place to take the kids. The colours in the rock are vivid and bright and the peacefulness there is great (unless you chance on the rock with a bus load of tourists...). Take a walk up the right hand path and climb the stairs to get a look at the dam, then continue on to one of two paths - hard or easy - depending on your level of fitness.

If you're feeling fit, take the walk around to Hippo's Yawn (you can also drive there) and clamber up the back of the cave. Another short drive will bring you to Mulka's Cave and you're also near the National Park. You could spend a whole day here, we spent a few hours and then drove on up to Merredin. There is accommodation available at the Rock, but we wanted a bit more choice for our stay and for dinner.

Coming back along the Great Eastern Highway lets you in on more of the gorgeous Wheatbelt scenery. You drive on a grey ribbon of road, disappearing into the horizon and all around you are butter-yellow wheat crops. Amazing. It makes you realise what a huge country Australia is. Stop at as many or as few towns along the Great Eastern Hwy as you like. We stopped at Cunderdin for the Ettamogah Pub.

And we also stopped for lunch at Northam which has a lot of attractions on its own, best of all being the pedestrian suspension bridge over the river Avon, the longest of its kind in the world.

It's definitely worth the trip out there, stay a couple of days if you can but it's do-able for a great weekend.

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