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Day trip to Wave Rock via Feature Tours. Rate was A$115 circa 2001.

The last major stop of the day tour. Mulka's Cave is prominent because of the discovery of ancient and precious Aboriginal paintings inside the cave thus providing a rare glimpse to history around Hyden. (It is a pity that the cave has been vandalised in recent times, evident by the modern copycats painted on the outside of the caves)

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 according to their law.

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 it is said Mulka turned to catching and eating human children, and he became the terror of the district. He lived in Mulka's cave, where the imprints of his hands can still be seen, much larger and higher than that of an ordinary man.

Apparently, his mother became increasingly concerned about him. When she scolded him for his anti-social behaviour he turned on his own mother and killed her. This disgraced him even further and he fled his cave, heading south.

The Aboriginal people of the area, outraged by Mulka's behaviour, then tracked down this man who had flouted all the rules. They caught him near Dumbleyung, 156km south west of Hyden, where they speared him to death. 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.

Directions: Wave Rock - Hyden Western Australia

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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