Hopetoun hotel

 

 

HOPETOUN

 

HEMA Map reference 75/G10

 

GPS 33 57 S 120 07 E

 

 

 

 

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STATISTICS

Distance from Perth

582 Km

Population

1398

Average Rainfall

496.3mm

Mean Max Temp

22.1C

Mean Min Temp

11.5C

 

SERVICES

Police

08 9838 3724

Fire and Rescue

08 9838 1727

Medical

08 9838 3244

Visitor Centre

0400 499 267

 

CARAVAN PARKS

Wavecrest Village

 

08 9838 3888

 

HOTEL / MOTEL / B AND B

Hopetoun Motel

 

08 9838 3219

Port Hotel

 

08 9838 3053

Caravan Park

 

08 9838 3096

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

 

 

DESCRIPTION

 

Hopetoun has had a history of ups and downs and so it continues today, with mining ventures promising to revive the area and then departing again in a short time.

The town is quite remote in many respects and still lacks many of the services available in larger towns. This accounts for the fact that it remains relatively unspoiled and quiet.

Even so the area is famous for its coastal scenery and attractive campsites.

Located on the coast south of Ravensthorpe, Hopetoun is the gateway to the Fitzgerald River National Park situated just west of the town.

To the east are coastal campsites at Munglinup Beach, Mason Bay and Starvation Boat Harbour.

The area is rich with wildflowers and due to the climate, they are in bloom here much longer than in other areas.

 

HISTORY

 

Mathew Flinders charted the coast in this area in 1802 and by the 1820s whalers were using bays to shelter during rough weather.

Land based exploration started with Eyre in 1841 as he passed this way after crossing the Nullarbor.

The town developed after gold was discovered near Ravensthorpe in 1899 and by 1900 the first buildings began to appear. The Phillips River gold field was declared and Hopetoun became the nearest port for the import and export of goods. The townsite was gazetted on February 9th 1901.

Originally known as Mary Anne Harbour, the town was re-named in 1901 after Lord Hopetoun (John Adrian Louis Hope) the 1st Governor-General after federation. The original name was said to come from the daughter of a whaler who lived in the area in the 1820s.

A railway to Ravensthorpe was opened in 1909 but closed in 1925. The port declined and was effectively closed by 1936. The jetty survived for some years but finally in 1983 it succumbed to time and the elements.

The first long term settlers, the Dunn brothers, arrived in the 1860s to establish a sheep station. Dunn accompanied John Forrest when he was exploring in the area and a memorial to the event is located 6 km along Forrest Road. (This road is 10 north of town west of Hopetoun Road.)

John Dunn, who is thought to have been temporarily marooned in the area before he decided to settle there, was killed by Aborigines in 1880. Dunn's grave is located on Cocanarup Road west of Ravensthorpe.

The world's longest fence (Rabbit Proof Fence) starts just east of the town at Starvation Bay and finishes at Eighty Mile Beach, east of Port Hedland. By the time the fence had been constructed the rabbits had already passed it and two other fences were built but neither did much to stop the invasion from the east.

 

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ATTRACTIONS

 

Fitzgerald River National Park, 2 mile beach, 4 mile beach, 5 mile beach, 12 mile beach, West beach, Barrens beach, Starvation Boat Harbour, Masons Bay, Culham Inlet, Powell Point, Dunn's Swamp, Beacon Hill lookout, Phillips River, East Mt. Barron walk, Sepucralis lookout, Point Ann, East Mylies beach, Hamersley beach, Whalebone beach, Quoin Head, Southern Ocean Discovery Centre.

 

BUILDINGS OF NOTE

 

Port Hotel.

 

ELECTORAL ZONES

 

State : Eyre

Federal : O'Connor

 

OTHER INFO.

 

Postcode : 6348

Local Government : Shire of Ravensthorpe

 

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