Date: 17th April 2023
Travelled: 120 kms from Corrigin to Wave Rock in Western Australia
Visited: Gorge Rock and Yeerakine Rock
Stayed: Wave Rock CP, $43, S32.44171, E118.89799
Budget: days @ $ per day
It’s almost mid-day when we escape Corrigin. The washings done, we’ve been to the supermarket and filled with fuel.
Our first stop is only 15 kms up the road. We spot the turn to Gorge Rock and it’s only a short distance to the carpark. The information panels indicate the walk is only 20 minutes return, but its takes less than 5 minutes with 10 minutes for taking in the view.
The granite monolith that is Gorge Rock acted as a natural catchment which apparently filled with water every season. In 1956 the locals decided to excavate the catchment to form a permanent swimming pool.
Whilst swimming is now banned, Gorge Rock makes for an interesting walk and the views are amazing.
Back on the road once again we continue east passing Kondinin. Several kms later we turn for Yeerakine Rock. The red earth road is very good and it’s an easy 8 kms to Yeerakine car-park.
From the car-park we take the Rock Trail loop. The information panels recommend 30-60 minutes, we found 30 minutes plenty.
The trail meanders through the bush for 3-400 metres before we start winding our way up Yeerakine Rock. It’s not particularly steep, more a steady inclination. A large water reservoir stands on top, a mural covering one side. Across from that two flag poles which we find out are used on Anzac Day and a three dimensional steel sculpture of an Australian Light-horseman and his mount.
Apart from the amazing views across the wheat belt farms and grazing country, the mural and the sculpture provide a moving tribute to ANZAC.
We make our way down following the loop markers and back to the Jayco for a very late lunch.
It’s another 45 minutes further on to Hyden and Wave Rock and our booking at the CP. However Wave Rock is a story for another day.
Michael + Pam