Comment: Wave Rock

Submitted: Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 00:51
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If you are planning to visit a tourist attraction, check before hand in case a special event is taking place.
Waste of time trying to visit Wave Rock this long weekend (28-30 Sept 2013)
http://waverockweekender.com.au/sample-page/
I'm not sure if this is an annual event or if this is the first time but seems a bit silly to me to have an adults only function on a long weekend at the beginning of the school holidays.
We were planning to visit Wave Rock as part of our SW Loop trip, but from what I have read it seems we may not be able to get anywhere near it without paying $250 each for an event ticket!
Nobody who isn't attending the event can camp there ... $80 for a 2man tent with air mattress. NO you can't bring your own 4man tent, small tents only allowed.
/end rant ;)
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Reply By: Member - LG__ (WA) - Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 12:06

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 12:06
My above comments written in haste & frustration are in error.
I have had a response from the Wave Rock Caravan Park this morning as follows

Dear LG
You are welcome to visit Wave Rock and the other natural attractions in the
area. The Caravan Park is where the concert is held and is fully booked for
the concert. The natural attractions in the area are open to the public
every day of the year. There is a $10.00 per car charge by the Shire of
Kondinin to visit Wave Rock and the other natural attractions in the area.
Regards
Sue

Back on the 'bucket list' it goes, ready to be ticked off on our holiday :)
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 12:22

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 12:22
LG - Wave Rock is a world-drawcard attraction with vast numbers of tourists visiting it annually. As someone who lived and worked in the area for many years, it has become mundane to me. If you like to get away from the crowds, but still want to see a rock "wave", then McDiarmid Rock is about 100-120kms away to the East, along the
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 12:33

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 12:33
Woops! - pressed "submit" instead of "preview"!

... along the Hyden-Norseman road. McDiarmid Rock (just found out it's now spelt McDermid rock) has a smaller "wave" in it, and it's quite an interesting rock formation.
If you take the Gt Victoria Rocks Rd, go up a few kms, turn right onto the old Hyden-Norseman track (which brings you out on the Coolgardie-Norseman Rd just North of Mt Thirsty - then this track is also an interesting drive, and there's more rock sites along it. Take along a chainsaw, as fallen trees are often a problem on this old track.

Cheers - R.
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Follow Up By: Member - LG__ (WA) - Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 12:39

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 12:39
Thanks for the info, Ron

We are planning to travel from Hyden - Norseman along the 'John Holland Way' somebody called it. McDermid is also on the agenda :)

It wasn't just Wave Rock we planned to see, we also want to visit the wildlife park etc.

I was just a bit flummoxed because the way it was being 'advertised' I thought the concert people were booking out the caravan park and were having private access to Wave Rock and surrounds. I have been reassured by the caravan park that we can still visit the tourist attractions so all is good with the world :)
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Reply By: allein m - Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 15:58

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 15:58
I did wave rock trip in 1968 in EH holden our first trip inland after arriving inPerth from Scotland in 1967 thank you for bringing back a wonderful memory I was 13

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Reply By: get outmore - Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 18:16

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 18:16
Before wave rock caravan park is a parking area and interpretive walk. Just walk from there to your left around the rock and you will come accross a wave rock feature with no pay to enter gate
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Follow Up By: Member - LG__ (WA) - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 16:31

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 16:31
I will keep an eye out for the interpretive walk :)

I don't mind paying a bit of money to the shire if it covers the wages of somebody who empties the bins, tidies up the amenities etc.
In the same way I will buy an iced coffee from the roadhouse in exchange for using their loo ;)
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Reply By: kevmac....(WA) - Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 21:25

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 21:25
Whilst we are on subject of "wave" rocks, way further north in the wheatbelt area you have Eluchbutting Rock from memory about 70 or so kms north of the town of Muckinbudin. This also has an excellent free camping area with eco toilets. Also good spreads of wildflowers in the area. 3 or 4 other good rock formations in the general area too
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Follow Up By: Member - LG__ (WA) - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 16:33

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 16:33
Elachbutting is on the agenda for the next trip!

(is it normal to plan the 'next trip' before you have even started this one?)
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 16:43

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 16:43
Elechbutting is v good. And can be the start point of a trip up to the ne Goldfields via roads and tracks
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Follow Up By: kevmac....(WA) - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 17:49

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 17:49
we are off to Northam WA next week for a gathering (for a week) but am already in early planning stages of our next major trip to be taken next year when take some long service leave. That trip will be 90% free/ minimal cost camping, heading towards Esperance, Norseman and the Goldfields
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Reply By: glids - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 12:42

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 12:42
We went to Wave Rock a few weeks ago, and I have a couple of suggestions if you are planning a visit:

1. Consider staying at Tressies Museum and Caravan Park at Karlgarin, about 16km west of Hyden. This park is only about 8 years old, spotless, and MUCH cheaper than the CP at Wave Rock. The museum is also well worth a visit (Merv conducts tours twice a day) and it only costs about $3.

2. If you need fuel at Hyden, check out the prices at the 2 servos, and at the fuel depot on the western edge of town. The depot was up to 10c/L cheaper than a servo, but you need to use a credit card - self service.

3. Nice Bakery in Hyden.

cheers,
glids
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Follow Up By: Member - LG__ (WA) - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 16:37

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 16:37
Thanks for that info glids!

We checked out some other reviews for Tressies and it scores 100%

Agenda adjusted...
From Lake King up to Hyden, do the tourist thing,
pop out to Tressies for the night, do the tourist thing around Kalgarin,
then pass back through Hyden (possibly fueling up at the depot) on the way out to The Breakaways
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Follow Up By: glids - Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 09:52

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 09:52
"do the tourist thing around Kalgarin,"

Unfortunately the township of Karlgarin has declined to the stage where there is not a lot to do, but have a look around by all means.

If you have time to divert out through to Kulin (about 60+ kms west of Karlgarin, you could drive along the 'Tin Horse Highway'. Some years ago a farmer erected a 'tin horse' in his paddock near the road to advertise a local horse racing day. The idea caught on and other farmers have done the same - it is a bit of fun, and some good imagination being shown. The road due east of Kulin is the main Tin Horse Highway.

Safe travels.
glids
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Follow Up By: Member - LG__ (WA) - Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 00:56

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 00:56
Hi glids
Just a quickie to say thanks for the suggestion of staying at Tressies. We had a lovely couple of days there and would highly recommend it to anyone else visiting the area.

In January 2013 a storm wiped out the 'budget units' at Tressies, and the Karlgarin general store. The budget units have been rebuilt, the store will not be so supplies need to be purchased from Hyden now.

The fuel depot was still the cheapest and you can use your usual EFTPOS card as well as credit/debit cards - but not the country fuel card as it doesn't have a PIN associated with it.

The tyre store/petrol pump place takes the country fuel card and were a little cheaper than the other one - which didn't when we were there.
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 01:48

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 01:48
Just curious as to why you would head from lake king to hyden to the breakaways?
If I was at lake king.id take the lake king/norseman road via frank hahn np and lilian stokes rock stopping off at peak charles with maybe a trip out tovpeak elanor and dog rock
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Follow Up By: Member - LG__ (WA) - Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 16:41

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 16:41
We went via Hyden as we had never been there before, and wanted to do the Hyden Rock walk as well as visit the wildlife and wildflower parks.

We stayed at Peak Charles for a few days on our way down from Norseman to Esperance :) Fantastic place to be in Spring!

Got some fantastic photos around the Peak Charles NP - one flower is like a huge pink spider which I am going to make my hubby's desktop wallpaper (he loves spiders - not) hehehehe.
Caught that one taking the back road from Peak Eleanor back to base camp at the foot of Peak Charles.
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Reply By: Member - Barry B (WA) - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 20:27

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 20:27
Just a heads up.There is a fund raising bush bash camping at Ellechbutting on the night of Sat 5th October.Maximum of 35 cars,some caravans and camper trailers.
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Follow Up By: Member - LG__ (WA) - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 21:18

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 21:18
Add it to the 'events' page Barry, so others heading that way will be forewarned :)

http://www.exploroz.com/Events/WA/Default.aspx
- click on Add New Event
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