Swimming, fishing and boating are the go in this scenic little town on the coast between Esperance and Albany way down in the south of the state.
Situated on the shores of Mary Ann Haven, Hopetoun and its surrounds provide some sensational scenery, especially from the rugged cliffs which bear the brunt of the Southern Ocean swells.
Hopetoun, which was once the port for Ravensthorpe, about 59km to the north, when gold mining was the main activity in the area, retains the remains of an impressively long jetty. The jetty was sheltered by reefs on most sides, rather than a bay, and it was a difficult 'harbour' to navigate.
White sand defines the many fine beaches near Hopetoun, and you can always find a sheltered spot no matter from which quarter the wind blows. The fishing is fabulous near Hopetoun, too, but it can be dangerous casting a line into the ocean off the rocks.
Make sure you visit the Fitzgerald River National Park, about 10km west of town, for some wonderful, challenging coastal walks. A four wheel drive track runs through the park, parallel to the coast, and from here you can get access to some wonderfully wild and remote spots.
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