We started heading into the desert to get to our next destination, Wave Rock in Hyden. As you guessed it, it’s a rock shaped like a wave. I don’t know whether it’s laziness or just the fact that there’s so much to name out here but the names of places can be quite literal. We’re going through a town called “Iron Knob” in a few days, so we’ll just have to see!
Anyway, I did the drive as usual and Stef directed me. We do have a Sat Nav, but I let Stef think she’s helping (Given that I’ve so far planned every route, I think I’ve more than helped!! – Stef). It was again, a peaceful journey – all SIX hours of it. We did stop off a few times on the way though.
It was the most scenic journey to date. We went through mountains, forests and MANY dried up salt lakes. We did stop at one of the salt lakes to take a few photos. It was a massive ex-lake. But the tourism board were nice enough to have a sign right in front of the lake with a Perspex window in it to show you where to look. Seriously, the lake was massive – if you did not know where to look, then you shouldn’t be driving! The sign had a few bullet holes in which was a nice touch. We’d had the air-con on the whole way and when we got out to see the lake, it was absolutely roasting. We were in the middle of a mini desert and it was about 40 degrees. We took the pictures as quick as we could and jumped back in the mobile fridge to cool back down.
We pulled up to the Wave Rock Caravan Park and settled in for the night. It had free Wi-Fi, which was a bonus – even better was that we could pick it up from the van’s plot!
The next day we were going to go on the Wave Rock Walk Circuit. It was a 3.5km walk through all sorts of terrain. The park where we were staying was part of the trail so the walk started right on our doorstep.
As soon as we went through some greenery, there it was; Wave Rock.
It was massive and well, it looked like a wave. Here are a few facts about the Rock that make me look like I know what I’m talking about.
- · It’s 100m long and taller than a 3-storey building (15m);
- · It formed below the ground over 60 million years ago;
- · It only became a national attraction when a photo of it won a competition in 1964
With the rock viewed and surfed within the first 5 minutes of the Wave Rock Walk we made our way to the top to see the view of the whole of Hyden. You could see for miles. Next up was Hippos Yawn Rock. Can you guess what that rock looks like?
On the way there, we saw a few lizards catching the rays on the rocks. Stef chased one with the video camera. It must have been camera shy, as it just wouldn’t stay still. It was fun watching her run around after it though.
We made it to Hippo’s Yawn, (which did look very much like its namesake) took a few photos and then continued. I don’t really know many facts about the rock but here we go:
- The rock is hard;
- The rock is big; and
- There is a popular kids game based on the rock and how hungry it is (may not be true);
The rest of the walk took us over bridges across a few lakes. All but one was dried up – I guess that’s why they named it “Magic Lake”. It didn’t look that pleasant and I doubt it will be there for much longer as it was so hot I swear I could see it evaporating!
There was one thing that really got to us during the walk. The bloody flies! When they weren’t flying into your eyes – they were making base camp on your back! I tried running away from them which worked – I was fly free. Stef refused to run away from them so when she caught up to me, her flies went straight back to annoying me.
After a few hours of walking, we made it back to the van and then drove to Mulkan’s Cave.
It was home to a deformed child of incest parents. He ate the local children and was banished to the cave for the sake of the remaining children. Obviously true, we were excited to see his home. We got to the cave and were the only ones there. As Wave Rock is in the middle of no-where, about as outback as you can get without going to the outback, there were not many tourists.
There were supposed to be some Aborigine paintings in the cave made centuries ago but they had all gone, leaving only faint colours. There were, however, the incest child’s darkened hand prints on the walls. It reminded me of something out of The Blair Witch film. I was expecting to turn around in the cave to see Stef in the corner with her face to the wall.
And that concluded the day. It was hot and we saw a few rocks. But it was definitely something different and well worth the 10 hour detour.