You can read about the first part of Day 3 on our previous post.
After breakfast we headed off — first into town (Pingelly) to the craft shop (the “office” for the caravan park) to pay for our overnight stay then on the road again for what should have been our overnight stop yesterday: Wave Rock.
We travelled via Bullaring to Corregin, where the Tourist Information Office was closed but they did have take-away packs outside with information on the local area. All we needed was a map to get us out of town on the right road. Once we found that we were on our way again.
We arrived in Hyden, bought some fuel and headed out to Wave Rock. We first visited Hippo Yawn, a big hole in a rock shaped like the head of a hippopotamus.
We ate lunch then drove around to Wave Rock carpark. We paid the entrance fee, bought some postcards and a book of maps (if we got lost from now on it would be Herself at fault!) then headed around to see Wave Rock itself.
It was smaller in length than we had imagined but more spectacular.
We slowly walked the full length of it — about 100 metres — and found a set of stairs leading up to the top. Curious about a strange-looking concrete barrier on the top, I willingly climbed the stairs. Beside the stairs, behind a barbed-wire-topped fence, was the reservoir for Hyden’s water supply.
This photo shows the strange concrete barrier — we’re still not sure what its purpose was!
The next two photos show some of the view from the top, the other four show sights from the top of the rock itself. Himself says the red flower is a small carnivorous plant (it’s less than 10cm –4″– across in reality). The last of this group of photos shows some of the small green “oases” that live in depressions in the rock surface where water collects.
Wave Rock is just part of a larger rock called Hyden Rock (of which Hippo’s Yawn is also part) and we had the choice to walk in one of three directions — back down the stairs, the short route (300m — 328 yards) back to the carpark via a very steep descent, or the long scenic route (800m — 875 yards) which overlooked a nearby lake. We started walking along the 300m route, with some deviations while Himself took photos, but then I lost track of the markers. We looked and looked but couldn’t see the next one so decided to retrace our steps and come back down the stairs! When I saw how steep the descent that we would have taken was, I’m glad we took the other option!
After a cool drink, we decided to take a walk along part of the scenic walkway. It was very interesting. We saw the effect of salination on farming land and began to understand how it had occurred. It is a sad sight and we’re glad farmers now understand how it is caused and what they need to do to stop further salination.
As we spent so much time exploring the sights around the area and our next planned stop was nearly 400km away we decided to stay the night in the caravan park at Wave Rock. The provision of a free electric barbecue and a sink with hot running water made cooking and cleaning up after dinner very easy!
With our body clocks still on Sydney time, we were ready for bed early — but not as early as the night before!