Dudinn to Perth via Hyden (Wave Rock) - Day 196

Trip Start Jan 31, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, September 5, 2008

A really foggy start this morning but it soon burned off with the warm morning sun. Another cold night in the car, it dropped to a rather chilly 8 degrees. Woke-up in the early hours to put on more clothes, my feet were absolutely freezing. After rising, I had a short 100km drive to "Wave Rock", just outside the farming town of Hyden. The "Wave Rock" is a really unique 15 metre high, 120 metre long granite rock formation which has been eroded by the elements in the shape of a breaking sea wave.

When I first arrived, walked the kilometre or so from the car park to "Hippo's Yawn" which is a massive eroded granite boulder which looks like a Hippo yawning hence the name. It really does look like Hippo too. Then moved onto Wave rock, a real wonder of nature, seen many wonders over the last couple of days in the south-west. The "Wave Rock" has to be right up there with my favourite sites this week. It's taken millions of years to form into this amazing shape, a mixture of wind and water did the job of under cutting the hard granite to form this intriguing wave of rock. It was defiantly worth the 300km detour to see. I arrived early, so I had the place pretty much to myself until the hordes of tourists arrived at around 9am.

Moved onto "Mulka's Cave" which is located in a place call "The Humps" only a half an hour drive from the Wave Rock. Mulkas cave is steeped in aboriginal myth. The cave contains 450 aboriginal paintings mainly hand prints which were blown onto on the walls by spraying pigment from the mouth.

Then Had a walk around the humps which is a raised granite outcrop overlooking the flat plains. A bit like a mini Uhuru. Crazy little lizards everywhere running across the hot rocks. Great views from the top of the surrounding farm land.

Drove back to Perth, a 350km drive back the capital of WA. I've driven 2500km in the last 6 days. The distances in Oz are immense. When I looked at the map to see where I've explored I've only really covered a tiny little corner of the country. So much more to see and do!

Staying with an old friend from home just outside Perth. He's currently lodging with a Zimbabwean family in a place called "The Vines" around 35km north of the city. The family are really generous and hospitable people who made me feel very welcome. I feel like I've known them for years. It's so nice to stay in a "real home" for a few days.

I've really got into the road hobo lifestyle. Hatching a plan to drive coast to coast across the continent from Perth to Brisbane via Uhuru and Alice Springs. Will be an epic 7000km drive which I'm thinking of doing in a 3 week period. Some preparation needs to be done, but it's defiantly on the cards. Just need to find a company to hire me a car that I can drop off on the other side of the country. Should be an amazing adventure!! More to follow on this.
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