Hippo's Yawn Circuit

30 min to 45 min
20 min to 1 h

1.7 km
circuit

↑ 22 m
↓ -21 m

Smooth & flat
Starting from Wave Rock Caravan Park, Hyden, this walk takes you on a circuit, visiting Hippo's Yawn along the way. It is a universally accessible walk that features an abundance of wildflowers as well. Hippo's Yawn is named after its interesting resemblance to a hippo yawning, and the cave itself is 13 metres tall. There are patches of tiny ground orchids such as green hoods and showier ones. There is also a chart about orchids in the area in the visitors centre if you want to get more information. 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
Tips on staying safe on track
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 (-32.4422332,118.8985828)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Brookton Highway, 40, Brookton.
  • Turn on to Howlett Street then drive for 2 km
  • Turn left onto Kondinin Hyden Road, 40 and drive for another 60.6 km
  • Turn left onto Lovering Road and drive for another 1 km
  • Turn right onto Wave Rock Road and drive for another 1.1 km
  • Turn right onto Wave Rock Road and drive for another 125 m
  • Keep right and drive for another 35 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Wave Rock Walk.
After another 135 m veer left, to head along Wave Rock Walk.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. A little optional side trip to Wave Rock. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 15 m veer left, to head along Wave Rock Walk.
After another 1.1 km veer left.
After another 390 m continue straight.
After another 55 m continue straight.
About 30 m past the end is a toilet.
The end.

A little optional side trip to Wave Rock.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Wave Rock Walk.
After another 45 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 45 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Hippo's Yawn Circuit


Grading
Class 1/6
Smooth & flat
Length 1.7 km
Time 30 min to 45 min
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 1.7 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
1.7 km[toilet]
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