Hopetoun

Submitted: Monday, Apr 16, 2007 at 22:43
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Hi, we are currently travelling through WA and were wondering if anyone has stayed at Hopetoun? If so is it worth the visit? We are in a 22ft off road caravan with 4 kids what do you think.
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Reply By: Steve from Albany - Monday, Apr 16, 2007 at 22:50

Monday, Apr 16, 2007 at 22:50
Hopetoun is a nice little sea side town. It has a caravan park but nothing much else to offer. However it does make a good base for exploreing the Fitzgerald National park.
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Reply By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Monday, Apr 16, 2007 at 23:14

Monday, Apr 16, 2007 at 23:14
Yep I agree, Hopetoun is a nice seaside town but not much else there.

There are two good camping areas not too far from Hopetoun that would be suitable for a caravan, 1 is Mason's Bay about 28kms east of Hopetoun on a good gravel road, No 2 is Starvation Bay about another 6-7 kms along the same gravel road, enjoy.
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Reply By: disco driver - Tuesday, Apr 17, 2007 at 00:04

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2007 at 00:04
Hi Kibbles,
Agree with both previous replies, but be aware that Hopetoun is currently in the middle of a major expansion, something like 400 houses being built over the next couple of years to service the Ravensthorpe mine some 40km away.
The last report I had was that the Caravan Park has a very high proportion of permanent residents working on both housing and minesite constructions and vacancies were a bit hard to come by. Would ring to check before travelling out there.

Never the less it's is a good spot to rest and explore the adjacent Fitzgerald NP.

Cheers

Disco
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Follow Up By: Traveling Kibbles - Tuesday, Apr 17, 2007 at 00:18

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2007 at 00:18
Thanks to everyone for your info, I think we may choose somewhere else.

Happy camping!
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Apr 17, 2007 at 06:33

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2007 at 06:33
Bremer Bay is nice and quiet with a large shady Caravan Park
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Follow Up By: maroni - Tuesday, Apr 17, 2007 at 09:05

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2007 at 09:05
hi there, yes think Bremer Bay would be better, beaches are alot nicer and there are numerous beaches to drive to and on!Stay at the caravan park on the beach, just follow the river..
cheers for now
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Follow Up By: Go-N-Grey (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 17, 2007 at 22:35

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2007 at 22:35
Dont miss Cheynes Beach and Wychinicup.

Quite a good caravan park, excellent beach, (you can drive on it) assume you have 4wd, so excellent views up hill behind caravan park and lots of great granite outcrops and secluded coves to explore.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Apr 17, 2007 at 23:31

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2007 at 23:31
If you're also looking at west of Bremer Bay and areas suggested by Go-N-Grey, Cape Riche (drive to the coast from Wellstead) is a community run campsite (cheap but limited facilities) on a a lovely Bay.

The old Quaalup Homestead is being developed for accommodation and camping - right on the edge of the Fitzgerald. All the literature says no caravans in the Fitzgerald NP, due to narrow roads, so somewhere close would be good for day trips if you are interested in this park -

"Surrounding the inlets of the Gairdner, Fitzgerald and Hamersley Rivers, between Bremer Bay and Hopetoun on the South Coast of Western Australia, lies one of the most diverse botanical regions in the world. More than 1800 beautiful and bizarre species of flowering plants, as well as a myriad of lichens, mosses and fungi, have been recorded in Fitzgerald River National Park. This represents nearly 20 per cent of the total number of plant species in Western Australia, in an area that covers only a tiny fraction of the State."

Something flowering year round, and whale watching in season.
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Follow Up By: Traveling Kibbles - Thursday, Apr 19, 2007 at 17:11

Thursday, Apr 19, 2007 at 17:11
Thanks for all the advice, we ended up staying in Cape Ritchie it was a great spot and could have stayed a lot longer but we want to get to warmer weather.
We are in Albany for the next two days and then off to Bunbury via the Giant Trees.

Thanks again to all.
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (W.A) - Tuesday, Apr 17, 2007 at 09:55

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2007 at 09:55
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (W.A) - Tuesday, Apr 17, 2007 at 10:00

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Reply By: Member - Karl - Tuesday, Apr 17, 2007 at 17:26

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2007 at 17:26
Which direction are you coming from as there are some great places to visit in the southern part of WA.

I haven't been to Bremer Bay but was at Esperance and Denmark for 10 days over Easter and I would reccommend both places highly.

If you can get yourself a copy of the QPA Roads and Tracks of WA - it has lots of good information on places to stay and visit.

Enjoy your time down there it is a great place.

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Reply By: Member - Hurkmagurk (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 18, 2007 at 13:59

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2007 at 13:59
I concur with those who recommended Bremer Bay. If you go there instead of Hopetoun there is a whale watching platform at Pt Anne, a little further North in the Fitzgerald NP.
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