Wave Rock, Hyden Wildlife Park, WA
'There's nothing like staring at the greatness of Wave Rock, formed 2700 million years ago. What's more, I'm standing at its slope of granite!'
Seeing the geological grandeur of Wave Rock, near Hyden, was one of many great experiences on Kian Hou's backpacking adventure through the south-west of Western Australia. Spotting humpback whales from the coastal city of Albany was also a highlight for Kian Hou, who travelled with two male friends from Kuala Lumpur.
“We started from Perth, but had very little itinerary planned beforehand because we're all casual men. After touching down in Perth, we rented a car and headed east to Hyden, and then down south to Albany. We then travelled west along the coast, before completing the square up to Perth,” Kian Hou said.
Their journey followed much of the South-West, Beaches and Goldfields Drive, a longer eight-day loop that also takes in Esperance's white beaches and the grand old gold town of Kalgoorlie. With less driving time, Kian Hou and his mates were happy to head straight to Hyden, passing rolling farmland and rustic wheatbelt towns on the four-hour trip.