Yesterday we were tourists for a day. Ian Lucy and I drove just over two and a half hours away to Wave Rock which is just out of Hyden. Wave Rock is over 100 metres long,and taller than a 3 storey building (15 metres.) It is believed to have begun forming underground as much as 60 million years ago. Wave rock.a granite cliff is 15 metres high and 110metres long.Its rounded shape has been caused by weathering and water erosion which has undercut the base and left a rounded overhang. Water from the springs running down the rock during wetter months dissolve minerals adding to the colouring of the wave. In 1960,crystals from Hyden Rock were dated as being 2700 million years old,amongst the oldest in Australia. Aren't the colours in the granite amazing?
This is Hippos Yawn,which is not far from Wave Rock. Wave Rock and Hippo's Yawn form part of Hyden Rock. The photo below shows some big slabs of rock which have slipped down.
Rock Pools on the top of the rock. The views were amazing.
In this photo above you can see that a small wall has been built to catch water. Slabs of the rock were used to build the wall. The Hyden Dam which is up on the rock outcrop was a major component of the town's water supply right through until 2000. Wave Rock only became a national attraction when a photograph of it won the 1963/64 Kodak International Colour Picture Competition at the New York International Fair.We had a wonderful day and one thing I noticed was that the small country towns we went through were amazingly neat and tidy. There were a fair few tourists at the rock but as the place is so big it felt you had the rock to yourself at times.It is one of the cleanest tourist attractions I have been to no graffiti or rubbish to be seen.After a walk around and across the rock we enjoyed a lovely picnic then went for another walk. Then the long drive home stopping to do a tour of the towns along the way. It was at least 20 years ago that I went to Wave Rock Lucy hadn't been as was impressed with it. I hope you enjoyed looking at the photo's.