Hopetoun is in a unique beachfront location on the doorstep of the world-heritage listed Fitzgerald River National Park.
Employees and their families who live in the small community enjoy a range of outdoor activities with access to hiking, fishing, boating, surfing and camping. The town hosts plenty of social activities from beach volleyball to family events such as the annual fishing competition in Hopetoun.
Hopetoun and neighbouring Ravensthorpe offer early childhood facilities as well as local schools from Kindy to year 7, with high school education up to year 10 available in Ravensthorpe. For local shopping and amenities, residents can visit the general store, IGA, doctor’s surgery, chemist, post office, locally owned bakery and cafés, as well as two bustling pubs.
Hopetoun is supported by busy regional centres, Albany and Esperance, which provide access to a wider range of amenities including hospitals and medical specialists, a range of public and private schools, retail and hospitality outlets and airports.
Hopetoun is a small community, and there can be a period of adjustment for employees and families used to living in larger cities. However there are a range of activities and services for those willing to get involved in the community, and embrace country life.
Enjoy a range of outdoor activities with easy access to hiking, fishing, boating, surfing and camping.
Western Australia’s southern coastline is blessed with a temperate climate with warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters. The coastline is windy, with the area reaching average summer temperatures in the low-to-mid 20s, with short spells of hotter temperatures.
Hopetoun and Ravensthorpe have local post offices, pharmacies, cafes, two lively pubs and a bakery. Locally sourced produce, including fresh fish, is available from the Hopetoun IGA.
The regional hubs of Esperance and Albany provide access to a greater array of shopping options, including major national retail outlets such as Woolworths and Kmart.
Both Hopetoun and Ravensthorpe are home to locally owned and operated cafés. Toun Beach Café, Christine’s Kitchen, Simon’s Market Café, Reefbreak Café and Shipwrecked Bakery are popular among locals. The Wavecrest Bar and Bistro and Port Hotel are busy local pubs, and provide good options for dining out with friends of family in the evening.
There are a range of local sporting and community groups that provide activities and opportunities to get involved in local life in Hopetoun and Ravensthorpe. From art groups and playgroups to fitness, golf, football, netball, tennis, basketball and equestrian clubs, there are many different ways to get involved with the local community while enjoying the regional lifestyle. Local facilities include tennis courts, skate park, basketball courts, cricket pitches, football ovals, golf course and bowls lawns in Hopetoun and an entertainment centre and community swimming pool in Ravensthorpe.
The pristine white sandy beaches of the Great Southern and the Goldfields-Esperance region are some of the most beautiful in the State. There are bays with calmer swimming conditions perfect for kids, as well as top-notch surf and kitesurfing spots. Rough and rugged coastlines play a perfect host for 4WD expeditions and fishing.