Wave Rock is composed of granite. The total outcrop covers several hectares and is part of the Hyden Rock erosional remnant. The “wave” part of the rock is about 15 m (50 ft) high and around 110 m (350 ft) long.
Wave Rock is a natural rock formation located east of the small town of Hyden, located 339 km east of Perth, Western Australia. Believed to have formed over 2700 million years ago, Wave Rock is part of the northern face of Hyden Rock. The shape of the wave is formed by gradual erosion of the softer rock beneath the upper edge, over many centuries. 14 metres high, and 110m long, the face of Wave Rock appears ready to crash onto a pre-historic surf, now frozen in time.
The colors of the Wave are caused by the rain washing chemical deposits (carbonates and iron hydroxide) down the face, forming vertical stripes of grays reds and yellows. If you can stay a little longer, it is also worth seeing the Rock at different times of the day, as the changing sunlight alters its colors and appearance. [11 pictures]
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Map to Wave Rock
Wave Rock is a natural rock formation located east of the small town of Hyden, located 339 km east of Perth, Western Australia.
Surfs up at Wave Rock
Wave Rock has cultural significance to Aborigines.
View across Wave Rock
The shape of the rock is not caused by a wave phenomenon, rather its rounded wave-like shape was formed by subsurface chemical weathering followed by removal of the soft weathered granite by fluvial erosion, thus the weathering occurred below ground level before it was exposed. The end result is an undercut base, leaving a round overhang.
View across Wave Rock
The site of Wave Rock was used as a backdrop for an episode of Japan’s Next Top Model in 2008.
Wave Rock hosts the nearby Wave Rock Weekender event, a music festival held once a year. Last year the event was held from the 25-26 September 2010.
Tourists at Wave Rock
More than 140,000 tourists visit wave rock every year.
Surf pose at Wave Rock
The most favored pose at wave rock.
Fence or water channel on top of Wave Rock
In addition to being an impressive tourist attraction, the rock has been converted in to a catchment for the town’s water supplies, with a foot-high concrete wall around the upper edge of Hyden Rock directing rainfall into a storage dam.
The impressive Wave Rock
Hippos Yawn Rock
The rock’s resemblance to a yawning hippopotamus led to its name. It is about 12.6 meters tall.