Wave Rock is a good 4 hours drive from Perth. I say this conservatively because if you want to enjoy every adventure on route to this amazing little tourist stop, then it is best you stay over at one of the Wheatbelt towns.
According to the historical data, Wave Rock is an ancient granite formation exposed to the weathering process over many years. As a result, a wave like structure was created representing a wave.
Wave Rock is one of the “must do” attractions. And, it is not the ONLY thing to see in this area.
There is a $10.00 parking fee for all cars. This is payable at the Kiosk. If you are thinking about taking the chance to park and see without paying, then you will probably end up paying a lot more than you had budget for. The Rangers check the cars frequently. Beside…you receive a cool ticket with a picture of wave rock. #memento
There are toilets by the parking area. So if you have been driving for a while, this might be your first stop. New toilets are being built which I can suspect will be ready for use in December 2016.
The walk to wave rock is a short one. Being flat, it is accessible to view by wheel chair. If you visit this area at the right time of the year, you will also be presented with little paddocks of wildflowers. -just stunning
There are a number of flies in this area. Please check my “TIPS” at the bottom of this article because, as it turns out, I needed to get a few things I did not plan for. Of course, they can get in the way of a photo, so if you see any black spots on my shots – it is a fly. #famous
The rock itself is very slippery. I was able to climb up only a few centimeters for a shot before my shoes starts to give way. Then again – to get the full experience of a photo opportunity, standing near the base is best.
Wave Rock offers a range of trails which you can walk. Unfortunately these are not wheel chair friendly. However, the results are amazing. Of course one of these features is Hippo’s Yawn. Ironically we took the long road around to see this only to find that you could literally drive there. I will discuss more about this in the next article.
TIPS for VISITING WAVE ROCK:
- Fly Nets. This one tops the net and you can purchase these at the Kiosk/Shop. Of course, if you can hack it – like me – then you just need to use your hands every second or so.
- Bug spray. Not entirely effective but does keep those ‘buggers’ at bay for about 10 minutes which is enough time to see Wave Rock and return to the car.
- Hat. If you are deciding to be adventurous I suggest a hat.
- Best time to see the ROCK. Given the temperature in November, I would say that December and January would be a killer in regards to heat. I would recommend an early start during these months.
- Water. Always have it. We polished through 3 bottles of water within 40 minutes.
- Mementos. The little kiosk or shop has a range of little nick knacks to take home. I guess this is one stop where you definitely can say – Been There Done That and BOUGHT the T-Shirt!
- Camera. This should be number one. However, mobile phones have great cameras.
- Wifi. There is not much wifi in this area. Actually..there is none…if you are on any other network other than Telstra. I did see wifi available at the caravan park by Wave Rock, but as per personal experience…absolutely NOTHING.
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