Kalari Circuit

30 min to 1 h

1.8 km
circuit

↑ 66 m
↓ -66 m

Moderate track
Starting from the dirt car park next to Mulka's Cave, Hyden, this walk takes you on a circuit, offering views of the rock formations and Aboriginal rock art. Mulka's Cave, at the beginning of the trail, houses up to 450 examples of Aboriginal rock art with informational signage. The remaining part of the walk allows visitors to observe the unusual geological formations that can be seen from the enormous rock outcrop. When you reach the summit, enjoy the panoramic views of the farms and the bush lying in front of you. The summit gets the Aboriginal name Kalari from the abundance of lizards that wander around when it's warmer. There can be short steep hilly sections through the walk, and a certain amount of fitness is recommended. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
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Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-32.3150832,118.9628717)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Great Southern Highway, 120, 356, Cuballing.
  • Turn on to Cuballing East Road then drive for 21 km
  • Turn left onto Williams Kondinin Road and drive for another 79.8 km
  • Turn right onto Jilakin Street and drive for another 1.6 km
  • Continue onto Kulin Lake Grace Road and drive for another 13.3 km
  • Continue onto Kulin-Holt Rock Road and drive for another 33.6 km
  • Turn left onto North Lake Grace-Karlgarin Road and drive for another 12.3 km
  • Turn right onto Pederah West Road and drive for another 9.7 km
  • Turn left onto Swan Street and drive for another 620 m
  • Turn right onto Kondinin Hyden Road, 40 and drive for another 19.2 km
  • Turn left onto Lovering Road and drive for another 17 km
  • Turn left onto Bates Road and drive for another 1.5 km
  • Turn sharp left and drive for another 600 m
  • Turn right and drive for another 35 m
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Track Notes
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Start.
There is a car park (about 30 m back from the start).
After 135 m find the "Mulka's Cave" (25 m on your left).
Mulka's Cave
Mulka's Cave

Mulka's Cave is an important Nyaki-Nyaki rock-art site, with over 450 recorded stencils and handprints. Mulka's Cave is very significant in local Noongar Aboriginal culture. The name Mulka comes from an Aboriginal story related to the cave, which is depicted on the storyboard at the cave entrance. Entering the cave involves just a short walk along a flat path, then up a gentle ramp to a platform. The entrance is only about a metre high, so you have to duck down as you go in. You may not be able to see the stencils clearly at the beginning, but as your eyes adjust to the light. Artists used to put their hands on the rocks, then blow some pigment over. After lifting their hands, a negative image would remain. Although there were heaps of reasons to create a hand stencil, they were commonly made to make a mark and announce territorial ownership.
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Mulka's Cave is an important Nyaki-Nyaki rock-art site, with over 450 recorded stencils and handprints. Mulka's Cave is very significant in local Noongar Aboriginal culture. The name Mulka comes from an Aboriginal story related to the cave, which is depicted on the storyboard at the cave entrance. Entering the cave involves just a short walk along a flat path, then up a gentle ramp to a platform. The entrance is only about a metre high, so you have to duck down as you go in. You may not be able to see the stencils clearly at the beginning, but as your eyes adjust to the light. Artists used to put their hands on the rocks, then blow some pigment over. After lifting their hands, a negative image would remain. Although there were heaps of reasons to create a hand stencil, they were commonly made to make a mark and announce territorial ownership.

After another 25 m veer left.
After another 50 m continue straight.
After another 70 m turn left.
After another 100 m continue straight.
After another 1.1 km turn right.
After another 100 m turn right.
After another 70 m continue straight.
After another 50 m veer right.
After another 130 m come to the end.
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Terrain
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Kalari Circuit


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1.8 km
Time 30 min to 1 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)
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