Full-Day Wave Rock Historic York & Corrigin
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- Adult: AUD $290
- Child: AUD $225
- Departs: Perth daily at 7:30 am.
- Returns: Perth at appx. 6:30 pm
Travel through the spectacular Darling mountain Ranges, discover the quaintness of our historical rural townships & huge Aussie farmlands and marvel at the phenomenal famous Wave Rock – a geological sensation believed to be over 2.63 billion years old.
- After your complimentary city accommodation pickup, we journey eastward and a historical wonderland awaits. Travel through the townships of historical Guildford, Midland, and the picturesque regions of Mundaring and Sawyers Valley, soaking up spectacular views of the Darling mountain Ranges along the way on your drive to picturesque York
- Arrive in the historic town of York, characterized by dainty cottages and colorful seasonal rose gardens and enjoy a walk along the majestic Avon River and the famous swinging bridge.
- Leaving York, we drive past the large farms and huge machinery, used in this wheat belt area, for which our country is so famous for.
- Visit the wheat belt town of Corrigin with its unique Dog Cemetery, dedicated to man’s best friend. Dogs play a vital and important role with farmers in the rural regions of Australia.
- Arrive in Hyden to marvel at the iconic Wave Rock, a huge granite block resembling - an Ocean wave – in the middle of the desert, which has colorful etchings believed to be 2.63 billion years old. The Wave rock according to geologists was at one time submerged under the ocean and over centuries, the receding waters, left marks on the rock, which can be seen even now. Please note presently the closest ocean waters are almost 250 km’s away at the closest point from the Wave Rock.
- Enjoy a light freshly cooked lunch in Hyden and an Eco-Walk up the Wave Rock to soak up the natural landscape and the wonderment of the surrounding countryside area.
- Explore Hippo’s Yawn Cave – a rock resembling a yawning African hippopotamus, that stands at over 12 meters tall and was a traditional shelter in the past, for local people of this area.
- On the way back to Perth drive through picturesque fruit orchards, on the leisurely journey back to Perth.
- Enjoy the seasonal wildflowers of the area, in season from around August to October.
- This tour concludes either at your accommodation or you can choose to be dropped off at another location within Perth CBD.
After being pickup from your hotel you will take a 90-minute air-conditioned coach ride to York. York is nestled on the banks of the Avon River in the gently rolling farmlands of the beautiful Avon Valley, the district offers unique insights into Western Australia's rich and colorful past, both before and following European settlement in 1831.
York was the first inland town in Western Australia, and the town has many historic, heritage-listed Victorian and Federation buildings.
The name of the region was suggested by JS Clarkson during an expedition in October 1830 because of its similarity to his own county in England, York County.
Continuing on from York we then take the 90-minute journey to Corrigin, where we will usually stop for lunch.
Corrigin is a town in the central Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, 229 kilometers (142 mi) east-southeast of Perth, along State Route 40. It is mostly a farming community focused on crops and sheep, and holds the world record of 'the most dogs in a ute'.
The name "Corrigin", of Noongar indigenous origin, was first recorded in 1877 relating to a well in the area. The meaning of the name is unknown.
Before 1908 Corrigin's only connection with the rest of the state was the railway track that ran to Merredin and it was difficult to get anyone to take up land near the rabbit-proof fence. Most of the land as once held by George Walton on a pastoral lease which he ran from his homestead at Wogerlin rock. The first settlers to the area were Mr. A. W. Goyder (the son of the South Australian Surveyor-General), who took up the area on which the town now stands.
After lunch, you will travel for another hour to Wave Rock.
Wave Rock is a natural rock formation that is shaped like a tall breaking ocean wave. The "wave" is about 15 m (49 ft) high and around 110 m (360 ft) long. It forms the north side of a solitary hill, which is known as "Hyden Rock". This hill, which is a granite inselberg, lies about 3 km (2 mi) east of the small town of Hyden and 296 km (184 mi) east-southeast of Perth, Western Australia.
Wave Rock and Hyden Rock are part of a 160 ha (395-acre) nature reserve, Hyden Wildlife Park. More than 100,000 tourists visitors every year.
Hippos Yawn Cave
Take a short 5-minute drive to Hippos Yawn.
Hippo's Yawn is a little known rock near Wave Rock in Hyden. The rocks resemblance to a yawning hippo has given it its name. Climb through the throat of Hippo's Yawn and be sure to catch the interesting shot on camera.
Whilst out near the rock, enjoy a coffee at the coffee shop, visit the wildlife park, check out the replica Pioneer Town or pick up a souvenir from the Wildflower Shop. The shop serves great food and is a testament to the abundance of exotic and rare wildflowers that adorn the area during springtime.
It is worth seeking out the variety of granite rock plants, ancient Sheoaks, Lichen Carpets, Creeping Mosses and Sticky Drosera insect eater plants unique to this area.