One of our side trips from our base in Merredin was to Wave Rock. We drove to the small town of Hyden, stayed overnight in a motel, and were the first visitors at the rock at 7:30 the next morning. The wave itself is a formation about 50 feet high and 400 feet long, and is part of one face of a 250 acre formation known as Hyden Rock. After following the trail past Wave Rock, we clambered up Hyden Rock and hiked around the top, where we found a number of small pools, large boulders and a good view of the surrounding farmlands.
countryside between Corrigin and Bridgetown
Our other major side trip included the Cape-to-Cape tour I have already documented. On the way to Cape Leeuwin, we stopped overnight at Bridgetown, near where one of Lorna's nieces (Roz) lives. Lorna had never met this niece, who had been given up for adoption at birth and had only fairly recently gotten in touch with her birth mother. Roz is now in the last stages of brain cancer, so there was an undertone of sadness to the meeting. Nonetheless, Roz seemed delighted to meet Lorna, and I'm glad we made the effort to see her.
old church in Bridgetown
At the other end of our Cape-to-Cape journey, before heading to the Karri Forests, we visited the seaside town of Busselton. It was a fairly gloomy, overcast day. We walked to the end of the Busselton Jetty, which is more than a mile long. Normally there is a small train that runs along the jetty carrying visitors to an underwater observatory, but on the day we visited, the train was out of service and the observatory was closed. There were people fishing from the jetty, mainly catching squid. At one point on the bridge, there were plaques memorializing various deceased fisherman who had once enjoyed fishing there.
Busselton Underwater Observatory
Next: on to Queensland.