The wonders of formation

One of the most fascinating rocks in the world!


The wave rock is a natural rock formation that is shaped like an ocean wave. The wave is about 14 m high and around 110 m long. It forms the north side of a solitary hill, which is known as Hyden Rock. This hill lies about 3 km east of the small town called Hyden. Wave Rock and Hyden Rock are part of a 395-acre nature reserve named Hyden Wildlife Park.

A wall lies above the Wave Rock and about halfway up Hyden Rock. It collects and funnels rainwater to a dam. The dam were constructed in December 1928 for the original settlers of East Karlgarin.


How was it created?

The wave rocks rounded shape has been caused by weathering and water erosion which has undercut the base and left a rounded overhang. This happened about 60,000,000 years ago. Water running down the rock during wetter months dissolve minerals adding to the colour of the wave. In 1960, some crystals from Hyden Rock were dated as being 2700 million years old.

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Important points

*Wave rock is a natural formation

*The wave rocks rounded shape has been caused by weathering and water erosion.

Flora and fauna

During Spring fields of wildflowers can be seen on walks around the rock, and from late August through to mid October many types of flowers can be found these are some of them. Mulla Mulla, Jud Orchid, Spider Orchid, Blue Leschenaultia, Flame Grevillea, Feather flower, Enamel Orchid, Donkey Orchid and many more.

Historical information

While the Aborigines were the first to inhabit the area, it is believed that they gave the district a fear for the past century and a half they fear the spirit of Mulka. Many rocks used by the aborigines have been found on their campsites throughout the area. Painted hand prints can still be found on the rocks Hump. The rocks have water catchments to serve the local community and tourists.