Mulka's Cave
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mikeryan@iinet.net.au
Perth, Australia21 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Not the most interesting or exciting places I have visited. Steel slat pathway was not suited for my walking stick. The slats were too wide & my cane kept gong through the gaps.
Signs are good but when you enter the cave you could hardly see any of the Indigenous Handprints or artwork. Lighting could be installed or an Indigenous Guide be there to highlight , shine light on, the Handprints and Artwork. Someone to talk of the history of the cave & the region. Signs indicate two walking trails were available but we were unable to identify them.
Written February 27, 2020
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FionaSmith2018
Brisbane, Australia264 contributions
May 2021
Approximately 10km north of Wave Rock, in Hyden is Mulka's Cave. It is well sign posted from the Hyden - Lake King Road/ Lovering Road. Follow the brown tourist signs to a small gravel road (Bates Road) to the carpark near the cave entrance. The cave is a rock outcrop, so no worries about going underground, or climbing down stairs or ladders. Stepping beneath the outcrop you can see the hand paintings and drawings. It has only composting toilets at the carpark and a shaded table for a possible picnic. You would need to bring your own supplies, the nearest town being Hyden.
Written May 23, 2021
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Tammy M
Perth, Australia168 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Only viewed the cave and interesting but eery history. It was too hot for us on the humps trail and there was some burning around in the bushland so local shire were scouting ensuring there were no walkers. . The tourist bus does come out here but they stopped for the cave only on this day. Its a small cave so we're glad we got in before the tourists hopped off the bus.
Written January 4, 2020
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PrathaDenmark
Denmark, Australia98 contributions
Apr 2022
We booked a tour by Katter Kich Tours to visit the cave and surrounding area. The tour guide, Michael Webb was excellent and made the whole experience a delight. His knowledge of the traditions of the Noongar peoples, the history of the region and the great Noongar stories was a delight to listen to. It is well worth the extra money to learn the real history of the place.
Written April 21, 2022
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Suzanne P
1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Couples
Love the cave, rocks, etc . It's just a shame that the paths aren't maintained and mosquitoes sprayed.
I walked around path and it had talked trees/ branches over it and I had trouble finding where's the path led. I eventually worked it out and got back to the car.
Maintenance also needs to be done on the toilets as the female door catch was bent do it didn't lock.
Even with the problems I encountered it was an amazing place to visit. 🤗
Written July 4, 2021
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Aleks I
58 contributions
Apr 2022
A great story behind the cave. Make sure to come and have a look. Very nice to see something as old as this. Very rare to see something old that is still left in tact. Make sure to come her first, then go to Wave Rock. Great scenery as you are driving there.
Written May 15, 2022
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deanwebb2016
Brisbane, Australia302 contributions
Apr 2022
Something like 18 klms from Wave Rock. All bitumen road until the turnoff, then its a little rough, red dirt surface. Bit messy for the car, but easily accessible via 2WD car. Cave is a 50 metre walk from the car park. There's also 2 trails (1200m & 1700m approx) if you're feeling keen.
Written May 2, 2022
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Sophie L
Perth, Australia22 contributions
Feb 2021 • Family
The cave is very interesting. I enjoyed the signs with lots of information about the area. We also did the hike to the top of the rock. Make sure to wear good shoes. Good views and lots of little lizards running about.
Written February 2, 2021
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The_Pale_Ridah
Gladesville, Australia1,996 contributions
Feb 2011
According to legend, Mulka’s Cave, also known as Bates Cave was home to an Aboriginal named Mulka who was the illegitimate child of a forbidden love. The illegal union cursed the child & even tho he was healthy, large & strong, he was born cross-eyed making him a crappy hunter, this is not so good if your a hunter-gatherer. Not being able to hunt well he eventually resorted to eating human children. This isn’t very nice when you have friend’s around. I suppose eating children, having dark skin, being cross-eyed & having huge muscles wouldn't help you in any country besides maybe Japan the land of weirdness where he'd be a celebrity.

The cave’s walls & 3 chambers are covered by hundreds of images, the most visible being hand stencils but most are very faint due to their age which has been estimated to be anywhere from 3,000 to 30,000 years old. It is said that the hand stencils in the higher parts are of Mulka’s himself.

With so much controversy surrounding Mulka, Aboriginals hold the surrounding area to be taboo. Not surprisingly none were found when the area was settled by Europeans. It definitely is a creepy area if you are sensitive to the supernatural as we certainly felt uneasy, they say his spirit roams the land.......you feel it?!!

The cave lies approx 17kms from Wave Rock in Hyden & looks like a huge UFO, most of the road from Wave Rock is covered with about 1 kms off Bates road being good dirt road, just follow the signs. The cave car park has a picnic area & compost toilets typical of the Australian bush. Mulka's Cave makes a great addition to a day visit to Wave Rock & The Humps. Whats best is that its free & forms part of our Australian bush heritage able to teach & inspire children.
Written March 8, 2011
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sandfrog51
Perth2 contributions
May 2013 • Family
Wave Rock and Mulka's Cave have huge significance in the dreaming of the Noongar people of the south west of W.A. The Charnock woman was stealing the children from the tribes and taking them to her man, Mulka who lived in the cave at Hyden (ladies this is a 'man's' place, our women don't venture into it). The Noongars set out to find her and after a while the Elders turned themselves into koolbardies (Magpies) in order to catch her, they chased her all over the south west and then to the place where Hyden is. They kept chasing her and as they got closer she catapulted off Wave Rock and up into the night sky. All the children she had stolen were trapped in her white hair and as she went higher they went with her. She went so high that the koolbardies couldn't reach her, her white hair became the Milky Way and the children trapped in the strands became the stars. Every falling star you see is a child falling back to earth where they become stones. This is the dreaming story for the Bibbulmun people of how the Milky Way was formed. Today, when the koolbardies swoop they are saying, ballay, ballay (look out) .. beware of the charnock woman, she is bad and she may steal you away from your family so take care. Sharing this story is important so that people see the significance of this very special place in our traditional culture. Enjoy and please respect this special place.
Written June 3, 2013
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Mulka's Cave - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)