Hopetoun is located 582km south east of Perth and boasts a huge expanse of pristine coastline to explore. The small town generates a peaceful holiday atmosphere and is the eastern gateway to Fitzgerald River National Park situated only 10km away.
Sitting between two bays, the town’s main beach stretches for miles and the scenery is magnificent.
The scenic peaks of the national park can be appreciated from the beach, which is a lovely place to relax, walk your dog and enjoy the picturesque surroundings.
A boat ramp and jetty are central to town and fishermen are often seen there trying their luck. Beach shelters, floating pontoon, playground, grassy picnic area and shops are also close by.
Views of the town and Southern Ocean in the distance can be seen from a lookout off Hopetoun Ravensthorpe Rd. Take the first gravel road out of town. Note caravans are not permitted.
To the east of Hopetoun are many beaches suitable for fishing. Follow Southern Ocean East Rd (off the Esplanade near McCulloch Park) and you’ll come across Two Mile Beach, Five Mile Beach Twelve Mile Beach, Thirteen Mile Beach and Mullet Bay. (Note the road is bitumen up to around Twelve Mile Beach then becomes gravel). Twelve Mile is a great fishing spot with offshore reef as is Thirteen Mile, where we caught Salmon. Five and Twelve Mile beaches have basic toilet facilities. No fresh water is available at any of these beaches and camping is prohibited. Dogs are welcome.
Further along Southern Ocean East Rd is Masons Point which is another good fishing beach with plenty of reef and a protected area on the eastern side. We caught Bull Herring here using Muelies as bait. There are no facilities here and dogs are welcome.
Close by is Masons Bay which is a gorgeous spot with blue-green water and striking white sand. Camping is permitted here for a fee with some sites overlooking the ocean. There is a boat ramp, toilets, barbecues and dogs are allowed.
At the end of Southern Ocean East Rd is Starvation Bay which has two camp grounds, one overlooking the ocean suitable for tents only and the other a large area for caravans and other vehicle set ups. Facilities include boat ramp, barbeques and amenities block with toilets and shower recess (must provide own water and portable shower). The protected bay is calm and allows safe swimming with a pontoon a few metres out from shore for everyone to enjoy. Dogs are permitted and camping fees apply.
Nearby Starvation Bay is North Powell Point which is suitable for rock fishing. The area is subject to swell and the Southern Ocean is known for unpredictable waves so keep well clear of sea level, avoid wet rocks and be cautious of the ocean’s activity.
Further to the east via Springdale Rd (gravel road) is Munglinup Beach where camping is permitted in a protected parking area and it’s only a short walk to the beach. Toilets are provided and dogs are welcome. A holiday park is also located on Munglinup Beach Rd.
Past Munglinup Beach, towards the eastern end of Springdale Rd, is a four-wheel drive track leading to Skippy Rock and Surf Beach which are part of Stokes National Park. The coastline is very picturesque and great for fishing, surfing and camping. The camp ground is shaded and protected amongst plenty of trees and toilets are provided for your convenience.
To the west of Hopetoun is the spectacular Fitzgerald River National Park with magnificent scenery, beaches, mountain peaks and plant life. The park is internationally recognized as a Biosphere Reserve and boasts 15 percent of Western Australia’s plant species. It’s definitely worth including in your itinerary.
Hopetoun has only one caravan park in town so bookings are advised during the warmer months and school and public holidays. We thoroughly enjoyed our Hopetoun experience with much to see in the area and highly recommend you discovering it for yourself.
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Destinations in Western Australia
Cape Le Grand
Cape Range National Park
Eighty Mile Beach
Fitzgerald River National Park
Gibb River Road
Kalbarri National Park
Kennedy Range National Park
Porongurup National Park
Port Denison Dongara
Torndirrup National Park
Wellington National Park
William Bay National Park
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