Wave Rock, an inland wave in Australia

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Wave-shaped rock near Perth, Australia

Wave Rock is an interesting natural rock formation located east of the small town of Hyden in Western Australia (WA), 340 kilometers from Perth. The rock takes its name from the fact that it resembles a giant ocean wave about to break. Wave Rock is made of granite and measures 15 metres high and around 110 metres long.

It should be noted that the rock’s shape is not due to undulation, i.e. waves, but rather to the slow erosion of granite by wind and water, although this erosion began underground. The rock is thought to have been formed between 2700 million and 60 million years ago.

Less photographed by tourists is the retaining wall built above the rock. This 50-centimetre-high wall collects rainwater, which flows to a dam below. It was built in 1951 by the Public Works Department and is one of many in the Wheatbelt region.

Wave Rock is one of the best things to see around Perth.

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For some, the Wave Rock is an opportunity to take some unusual photos, but also to have fun climbing the famous rock on foot, or cycling down it.

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