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Wave Rock

Wave Rock

Hyden Wildlife Park, Hyden, W.A., Australia

The Basics

Wave Rock is characterized by vertical stripes of red, yellow, and gray, formed by water erosion over the rock face. Interpretive signs along the path to the base of the rock offer historical context. Other things to do in the area include bird-watching and visiting a wildlife park, Aboriginal rock art, pioneer museum, miniature soldier museum, and an antique lace collection.

Traveling to Wave Rock from Perth makes for a long day trip, so many prefer to book a tour and not worry about driving. Organized day trips typically include stops at additional Western Australia attractions such as Mundaring Weir, the historic town of York, sites with Aboriginal history or significance, and other rock formations such as Mulka's Cave, the Humps, or Hippo’s Yawn.

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Wave Rock, York, Wildflowers, and Aboriginal Cultural Day Tour from Perth
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Wave Rock, York, Wildflowers, and Aboriginal Cultural Day Tour from Perth
$156.53 per adult
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Great day
Our driver and guide Chris was very knowledgeable. Long day but good day. I learnt things I didn't know which was even better. Yes it's a big day, but like anything you want to see, you make the effort.
Meletia_G, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Perth

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Great wave rock tour
Ambika_B, Apr 2021
Wave Rock, York, Wildflowers, and Aboriginal Cultural Day Tour from Perth
Wave Rock was amazing, as big as it is in the pictures. Our driver Chris was very knowledgeable and easy to talk to, we enjoyed every aspect of the trip. The lunch was good and nutritious. Saw white kangaroos for the first time. Most of the time was spent at the wave rock, which was great, we could go up and get amazing views of surrounding areas and rock formations. The travel is long but expected.
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Effective way to visit both places in a day!
ChunHei_L, Mar 2020
Wave Rock & Rottnest Island - Air & Ground Tour
A bit pricey but it’s a very effective way to visit both places in one day! Wave rock and Rottnest Island are beautiful, and the flight was very good! The only thing you should bear in mind is that you are hiring a pilot for a day, not a tour guide, and there won’t be much tour guide type explanations. Pilots are also rigid in time management as they need to prepare for the flight - so be punctual!
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Wave Rock
Ingrid_G, Mar 2020
The Big Wave Rock (Private) Day Tour
Had a great day seeing all the interesting sites such as whimsical tin sculptures, historical towns and beautiful scenery on the way to Wave Rock. Peter was an excellent guide and creative photographer at the Rock and Hippo Yawn
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Awesome day tour
Akram_A, Jun 2021
Wave Rock, York, Wildflowers, and Aboriginal Cultural Day Tour from Perth
This was an awesome tour. The guide was fantastic and had a lot of interesting local knowledge. He was friendly and provided extraordinary service. Would highly recommend this company.
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Sergio Rocks!!!
Vicki_M, Apr 2021
Wave Rock Private Tour
We had the most wonderful time on this tour because Sergio made it so special. He was polite & courteous, as well as very knowledgeable. He was understanding & accommodated my daughter’s needs who has autism. We were able to have lots of conversations regarding many topics.. The tour was catered to our personal needs. We would highly recommend booking a private tour with him.
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The Wave Rock
Ingrid_G, Mar 2020
The Big Wave Rock (Private) Day Tour
This was a fun and unusual trip thru the wheat belt and bush of WA arriving at an interesting and playful geological feature. Lots of whimsical stops such as Tin Horse Hiway and Dog in a Ute. Peter was a very good guide.
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Wave rock Personal Tour
Lyndall_W, Jan 2020
The Big Wave Rock (Private) Day Tour
Fantastic full day tour. Be prepared for a long drive out to the rock but it is fully worth it. Great host, had a laugh and we stopped at some interesting places on the way and on return. Really appreciated Peter getting the larger vehicle to accommodate us and he also provided water and fruit which were appreciated. Wave rock is a spectacular formation so go and see it!
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Great delights to see
Mark_D, Feb 2020
Wave Rock, York, Wildflowers, and Aboriginal Cultural Day Tour from Perth
A great trip with a very knowledgable driver who explained about the land and the errors made by earlier settlers by clearing the vegetation. The sites, Hippos Yawn, Wave Rock and Mulkas Cave are fantastic also the Aboriginal history surrounding the cave was fascinating. Highly recommended.
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Long day out
John_W, Mar 2020
Wave Rock, York, Wildflowers, and Aboriginal Cultural Day Tour from Perth
Very long day. Coach driver was excellent and trip well thought out. Lunch was included. My husband love it. Bit to long a drive for me.
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Wave rock tour
Susan_B, Sep 2019
Wave Rock, York, Wildflowers, and Aboriginal Cultural Day Tour from Perth
Great trip, driver David was great and very knowledgable about local areas we passed through, wave rock amazing. Little town of York was beautiful and wish we could have spent more time there, for any car enthusiasts must visit the car musuem in york, amazing collection.
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Good
26janicelim, Sep 2019
Wave Rock, York, Wildflowers, and Aboriginal Cultural Day Tour from Perth
The tour guide is friendly and kind. The tour is quite fun although it is a long journey. The overall is good.
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Perfect full day trip from Perth
avijeetsen31, Nov 2019
The Big Wave Rock (Private) Day Tour
This was the second tour we booked with Peter (the other one being Pinnacles Desert). Like the Pinnacles Desert Tour, the Wave Rock trip was also exemplary. Peter was at his usual beat in making multiple stops on way to Wave Rock and allowing us to absorb and see interesting things all along the way. Peter also has an amazing playlist of local Aussie bands which kept us entertained all throughout the trip. Great music A definite must to do tour for ppl visiting Perth because you get to see some amazing geological wonders with a gem of a dude as your guide.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wave Rock is ideal for nature lovers and those interested in indigenous Australian culture and history.

  • The rock is just outside the town of Hyden, where you can find shops, accommodation, and places to eat.

  • Those traveling from August to November can also enjoy the area’s wide variety of wildflowers.

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How to Get There

Wave Rock is 210 miles (340 kilometers) east of Perth—about a 4-hour drive. Head out of the city on State Route 40, or take Highway 94 to the Great Southern Highway if you wish to pass through the town of York. Alternatively, take a guided tour with included transportation.

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When to Get There

Visiting in summer (December to February) means hot days, with an average high temperature of 93°F (34°C), so consider spring or fall for more pleasant weather and fewer tourist crowds. Most of the wildflowers appear in spring, after winter’s rain.

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York

For a dose of Western Australia history, make a stop in York, the oldest inland town in the state. Settled in 1831, York is located on the Avon River in Avon Valley and draws visitors for its heritage architecture, countryside scenery, wildflowers, and adventure activities such as skydiving.

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