My friends and I went on a roadtrip to Western Australia’s Outback!
“Legend of Mulka’s Cave
The name Mulka comes from an Aboriginal Legend associated with the cave.
Mulka was the illegal son of a woman who fell in love with a man with whom marriage was forbidden.
It was believed that as a result of breaking these rules she bore a son with crossed eyes. Even though he grew to be an outstandingly strong man of colossal height, his crossed eyes prevented him from aiming a spear accurately and becoming a successful hunter.
Out of frustration, Mulka turned to catching and eating human children, and he became the terror of the district. It was said he lived in Mulka’s cave, where the imprints of his hands can still be seen, much higher than that of an ordinary man.
His mother became increasingly concerned about Mulka, and, when she scolded him for his anti-social behaviour, he turned on his own mother and killed her. This disgraced him even more and he fled his cave, heading south.
All the Aboriginal people of the district, outraged by Mulka’s behaviour, set out to track down the man who had flouted all rules. They finally caught him near Dumbleyung, 156 km south-west of Hyden, where they speared him. Because he did not deserve a proper ritual burial, they left his body to the ants; a grim warning to those who break the law.”
Legend regarding the hand prints in Mulka’s Cave, as found in an informational flyer from Hyden
Hallo ihr Lieben!
Love from Hyden in Western Australia!
Hyden is a very small place about four hours East of Perth in the Outback. Besides having been in the Outback in NSW before, Hyden was my first experience that felt like the proper Outback you’d always imagine: more than 40 degree heat, red desert and no soul around. On our 340 km car ride we only passed through about 5 towns.
I went with my two AuPair friends Sara from Belgium and Mathilde from France in Sara’s old jeep ‘Steven’. Steven’s air con is not working and neither are his AUX or radio but it was still a drive to remember. It was so hot in the car that we stopped in a random town on the way to spend an hour in a public swimming pool!
We arrived in Hyden quite late and decided to camp. We (more or less successfully) put up our tent on the Wave Rock camping ground, bought ourselves some fly nets to save us from going crazy, half-cooked our Pasta on a broken stove in borrowed pots and went out stargazing after the sun had set. The stargazing was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever done since you can see completely clearly without any light pollution in the Outback. No photo would ever do it justice.
The next day started quite adventurous. We had set our alarm to 4 in the morning to witness the sunset and my friends went, while half-asleep me decided it would be much nicer to keep sleeping. I saw the photos they took though and I really regret that decision.
After breakfast we went to Wave Rock, a rock that nature formed and colored to look similar to a wave. We also went on a little walk on top of the rock where we found even more cool-shaped rocks and boulders (I have no idea where my obsession with rocks is coming from!) and then went to Lake Magic. We passed a lot of lakes that were completely dried out and Lake Magic was the only one that was still filled with water. We also went to Mulka’s cave which was super interesting and has a lot of cultural importance to the Aboriginal people – you can read the legend above.
The main reason people go to Hyden is to see Wave Rock, one of the most famous tourist attractions in WA.
If you’re planning on going to Hyden, a few things are very important:
- if you’re renting a car, try renting one that has an air con and AUX (it’s super hot and you won’t have radio reception)
- pack enough food and water! there are a few petrol stations on the way but they might be closed
- if you’re camping, remember to bring cutlery and pots and pans as they won’t have it in the camp kitchen
- you’ll need, fly nets, mosquito spray, a hat and suncream to survive. trust me.