Hopetoun - Quiet and attractive seaside village
Located 588 km south of Perth and 50 km from Ravensthorpe, Hopetoun is a small and attractive seaside village located on the shores of Mary Ann Harbour which is becoming increasingly popular as a low key get-away-from-it-all tourist destination.
Hopetoun is the perfect place to getaway and relax, and if you like the outdoors take some time to see the whales, seals and dolphins come to the offshore waters and the beaches and headlands in the area which remain largely untouched.
It is impossible to overstate the beauty of this area. Many people consider this stretch of coastline the most beautiful in Australia. It is an area of impossibly white sand beaches and gently rounded rocky foreshores.
The Hopetoun Summer Festival is held every January.
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Hopetoun's most obvious attraction is its beaches. To the east of town are Starvation Bay and Powell Point where visitors will find a boat ramp and can enjoy surfing and swimming, there is no fresh water. Munglinup Beach and Mason Bay are also very close but with no fresh water. Twelve Mile Beach is a good spot for fishing with a reef located 13 km offshore. Five Mile Beach offers excellent fishing but no fresh water.
To the west of Hopetoun are West Beach, which has toilets, and Four Mile Beach which offers free gas barbecues, toilets, walks, fishing and whale watching (in season). Further west is Fitzgerald River National Park which has plenty more beaches.
Fitzgerald River National Park
Apart from the beautiful beaches and the excellent fishing, the major attraction in the area is Fitzgerald River National Park, a huge 330,000-ha strip of the coastline between Hopetoun and Bremer Bay. It is, by any measure, a superb park of rivers, dramatic gorges, spongelite cliffs along the Hamersley and Fitzgerald River valleys, wide sand plains, isolated mountains, rugged cliffs, pebbly beaches and spectacular displays of wildflowers between August and November. Activities include sightseeing, walking, photography, camping, canoeing and fishing. During the winter months, southern right whales can be seen from the cliffs at Point Ann.
This inlet, not far west of Hopetoun, is the landlocked estuary of the Steere and Phillips Rivers. This is a good spot for a bushwalk when the wildflowers are blooming in spring. For further information ring the Esperance Information Centre on (08) 9071 2330.
Blue Mallee Wildflowers
Located 2.5 km from town at 41 Whale Drive (via Hammersley Drive), Blue Mallee Wildflowers offers visitors a chance to examine local native wildflowers, as well as a collection of old shells, bottles and other relics. It also sells native seeds and is open weekdays between July and November from 9.00 a.m. to midday and from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m., tel: (08) 9838 3389.