Wave Rock, Ken Stepnell

Population 281

The small wheat-belt town of Hyden is synonymous with its famous nearby attraction, Wave Rock, originally known as Hyde's Rock in honour of a sandalwood cutter who lived in the area. A typing error by the Lands Department made it Hyden Rock, and the emerging town soon became known as Hyden. The area around the town boasts beautiful wildflowers in spring, including a wide variety of native orchids.

Visitor Information

Wave Rock; (08) 9880 5182


Nearby national parks

  • Fitzgerald River National Park

    Lying between Bremer Bay and Hopetoun on the south coast of Western Australia, Fitzgerald River National Park is renowned as one of the most...more

  • Stirling Range National Park

    Surrounded by a flat, sandy plain, the Stirling Range rises abruptly to over 1000 metres, its jagged peaks sometimes veiled in swirling...more

Nearby towns

  • Kulin

    The sheep- and grain-farming districts surrounding Kulin provide spectacular wildflower displays in season. The flowering gum, Eucalyptus...more

  • Lake Grace

    The area around Lake Grace is a major grain-growing region for the state, producing wheat, canola, oats, barley, lupins and legumes. Sandy...more

  • Corrigin

    Corrigin was established in the early 1900s and was one of the last wheat-belt towns to be settled. Today the town has a healthy obsession...more


Wave Rock Resembling a breaking wave, this 100 m long and 15 m high granite cliff owes its shape to wind action over the past 2.7 billion years.

Hippo's Yawn: rock formation; 5 km E via Wave Rock.

The Humps and Mulka's Cave: Aboriginal wall paintings; 22 km N via Wave Rock.

Rabbit-Proof Fence: see the fence where it meets the road; 56 km E.

Cafes & restaurants around town

Wave Rock Motel

The Wave Rock Motel Homestead has three restaurants to choose from. The Bush Bistro is open year-round, serving food fresh from the grill; the Gimlet is open on selected nights and offers an à la carte menu; and... Find out more

Campsites around town

Wave Rock Caravan Park 4 km

Wave Rock Caravan Park offers quiet and peaceful sites in a natural bush setting at the base of Wave Rock, one of the region’s most impressive natural attractions. On Wave Rock Rd, 4 km east of Hyden and 340 km... Find out more

Kondinin Caravan Park 56 km

You’ll find this caravan park in Kondinin, a town that presides over sheep country and the central wheat belt, about 278 km south-east of Perth. The gateway to Wave Rock, this is flat country that can get pretty... Find out more

Narembeen Caravan Park 61 km

Narembeen Caravan Park is on Curral St, 290 km east of Perth. It has basic camping facilities and limited on-site accommodation. Travellers through this predominantly grain-belt region can visit Roe Lookout, explore some... Find out more

Kulin Caravan Park 70 km

This caravan park is a popular stopover for floral fanciers who flock to this corner of the state’s south-east to enjoy the abundant wildflowers in spring. The countryside is carpeted with vibrant colour as a swag... Find out more

Bruce Rock Caravan Park 92 km

Bruce Rock Caravan Park is on Dunstall St in this small wheat-belt town, 247 km east of Perth. Visitors to Bruce Rock can drop into Totadjin Dam Reserve, a favourite cooling-off spot for locals, and also view a large... Find out more

Corrigin Caravan Park 94 km

Corrigin is widely regarded as one of WA’s most attractive and tidy country towns. You’ll be bewitched by the spring wildflower show and the granite outcrops that give an alien feel to the landscape, but... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Wave Rock Cabins & Caravan Park

The Wave Rock Cabins and Caravan Park offers a range of accommodation options from powered and unpowered sites, on-site caravans and a variety of cottages. The holiday park includes a playground, internet access, a kiosk... Find out more

Wave Rock Lakeside Resort

All 14 of the brick two-bedroom cottages at Wave Rock Lakeside Resort are fully self-contained. Situated 1 kilometre from the intriguing Wave Rock, the cottages are set along Lake Magic, where boats are available for... Find out more

Wave Rock Motel Homestead

A mixture of units and suites are offered at the Wave Rock Motel Homestead, which includes three dining options and a heated poolside bar. The suites have spas and their own private courtyard. The guest lounge is a great... Find out more

What's on around town

Wave Rock Weekender: music festival; Sept/Oct.

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