Hyden Wave Rock Western Australia
Surrounded by wildflowers and natural attractions, the town owes it's continued success upon it's nearest natural attraction, Wave Rock. Thousands of visitors flock here each year to photograph the amazing natural rock formation.
The town also has a variety of entertainment including a charming pubs and wildlife centre.
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Where is Hyden Wave Rock?
Hyden Wave Rock is 339 kilometres south-east of Perth.
Hyden is an inland town situated in the a remote western area of Australia's Golden Outback tourist region. Hyden is the tourist gateway town to the iconic Wave Rock and is surrounded by other granite outcrops and interesting 4WD tracks. One of the best ways to get to Hyden Wave Rock is to hire a car from Perth Airport.
Things to see in Hyden Wave Rock
Geologists believe this cliff is 2700 million years old! The wave is not a rock but an overhanging wall stretching over 100 metres long and rises over 15 metres high. Coloured bands are streaked along the formation as a result of run-off waters charged with carbonates from the rock itself.
The climate around Hyden provides great conditions for carpets of wildflowers in season from August to November. Be amazed as you drive along the roads and on either side of you seeing hundreds of metres of undulating Australian wildflowers including Kangaroo Paws and Australian Christmas Trees.
The Hyden Wildlife Park includes a great variety of Australian animals, such as Koalas, Wombats, Emus and rare White Kangaroos. The wildlife park is set in pristine Australian bushland and also contains a wildflower shop with over 50 displays of dried Australian wildflowers.
Walkers Hill Vineyard
Where you least expect to find a vineyard, right? Situated in the Eastern Wheatbelt amongst the rolling farm land, Walkers Hill Vineyard is the ideal spot to stop & refresh. Offering wine tastings & sales, tea/coffee & homemade cakes it's a place you don't want to miss. We are 8kms north of Lake Grace on the main road between Hyden (Wave Rock) in the north & Albany in the south and half way between Perth & Esperance in the east.
Nestled amongst the farming land & the natural bush reserves the serenity is beautiful. The rolling farm land is golden in the summer with the green contrast of the vines & winter the beautiful green of the crops with the first signs of the new season of leaves on the vines. Walk among the vines, meet & talk with the owners, pretend to stomp some grapes in the half barrels or set up a picnic among the sheoaks & gum trees. As well as offering wine tasting & sales we also have local produce, wood work & wine accessories for sale. View more details
What's the weather like?
Experiences a mediterranean climate with cold winters, although has a relatively low amount of rainfall. Temperatures are mostly pleasant all year round but with a hot Summer. Winter rains allow many wildflowers to grow during spring. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 34°C with an average minimum temperature of 14°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 14°C with an average minimum temperature of 4°C.
Get to know Hyden Wave Rock's history
The town's name is derived from 'Hyde's Rock'. Apparently there was a sandalwood cutter living near 'Hippo's Yawn' whose name was Hyde. The rock was named 'Hyde's Rock' but when the Lands Department printed it out it became 'Hyden Rock'.
The first farming in the Hyden area didn't occur until 1922. The first wheat crop in the area wasn't grown until 1927 and the railway didn't arrive until 1932. In the intervening five years the wheat from the area had to be carted to Kondinin. The Hyden townsite was surveyed in 1932 and the town became populated up to the 1950's.