HYDEN (Wave Rock)
Hyden is the gateway town to that last (for us) WA outback icon; Wave Rock. The town is quite nice, and has most services (not police). Wave Rock is the main economic driver for the town and immediate region.
The town is located 300 plus kms east of Perth, Western Australia in the Shire of Kondinin.
The land in the surrounding area was opened up for agriculture in the 1920s. A railway was built between Kondinin and Hyden Rock in 1930. The town site was gazetted in 1932 following demand for land around the train terminus.
The first wheat crop was harvested in Hyden in 1927. The town's economy continues to rely on agriculture but mostly in the form of cattle and sheep production that has a current value of approximately $35 million. The town also benefits from tourism and mining.
The Hyden Hotel is a modern building.
If in the area a visit to Wave Rock is a no brainer. The visit to the ‘rock’ at less than $10.00 per car makes for values also.