Hippo’s Yawn
  • Length: 1.7km

  • Duration: 0.5hrs

  • Grade: 1

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Wave Rock Car Park

  • End: Wave Rock Car Park

  • Closest Town:

  • Location: Hyden

  • Distance from state capital: 334km

  • State: WA

  • Latitude: -32.442463

  • Longitude: 118.898469

Trail Access

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Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

Easy Access

Steep Road

Winding Road

Vehicle Ford

Speed Bumps

2WD Vehicle

4WD Vehicle

Entry Fee

Ample Parking

Accessible Parking

Wheelchair Toilet

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Camping Available

Drinking Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

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Fire Pit

Trail Features

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Concrete Path

Timber Boardwalk

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Sandy Trail

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Prams and Strollers

Bike Friendly

Overnight Campsites

River Crossings

Rock Scrambling

Bush Bashing

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Drinking Water

Fishing Spots

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Dog Friendly

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Hippo’s Yawn is a 1.7km, grade 1 Circuit hike located in Hyden Western Australia. The hike should take approximately 0.5hrs to complete.

Summary

This trail starts at the main path to the base of Wave Rock then branches left. It goes through casuarina trees on one side and the rock outcrop that Wave Rock is but a small part of. The trail ends at Hippo’s Yawn, a large gaping mouthed shallow cave. It’s a flat easy 1030 metre trail that loops back 680 metres to the Car Park.

The end point of this easily followed and marked trail is Hippo’s Yawn. The shallow cave is about 13 metres tall at its mouth and looks like the name suggests. Although a worthy attraction in itself, the loop walk is particuarly interesting for wildflower enthusiasts. Take a stroll in late winter or spring and play close attention to ground level. Look carefully and you will spot patches of tiny ground orchids. Some are very haRoad to spot such as greenhoods, unlike the more showy spider orchids. Then go to the visitors centre and see if you can spot your orchid on the chart. It’s a lot of fun and challenging for the kids.

Notes

Start Point: Wave Rock Car Park, 3km from Hyden, 334km (3.5 hours) east of Perth

End Point: Wave Rock Car Park, 3km from Hyden, 334km (3.5 hours) east of Perth

Region: Hyden, Golden Outback


For more information, a location map and GPS file please visit Trails WA.