Wave Rock and rock formations

Wave Rock is the most famous of rock formations in Western Australia's Golden Outback, but venture further into this ancient landscape and you'll discover a huge variety of striking geological features. Many are also the subject of fascinating Indigenous Dreamtime stories, and the site of beautiful Indigenous rock art.

Of all the rock formations in Western Australia's Golden Outback, Mount Augustus (or Burringurah by its Indigenous name) in the Gascoyne-Murchison region is perhaps the most recognised, after Wave Rock. This geological marvel soars 1,105 metres above sea level and 858 metres above the surrounding plain. Primitive Indigenous rock art decorates the caves at the mount's base.

The spectacular cliff face and valleys of the nearby Kennedy Range have been shaped over thousands of years by the natural force of winds, rains and movement in the earth’s crust. Today, the ranges stretch across 25 kilometres east-to-west (at their widest point) and cover 75 kilometres from north to south.

The Wheatbelt is home to the ever-popular Wave Rock, near Hyden – a giant curved rock face that bears a striking resemblance to a wave about to crash over the surrounding bushland. The huge granite outcrop of Elachbutting Rock, near Westonia, also has a wave-like formation as well as caves. And the image of Kokerbin Rock towering over the surrounding plains provides excellent photographic opportunities. Check out the Wheatbelt Tourism website for more detailed descriptions of rock formations in Western Australia's Golden Outback.

 

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