Australia's Golden Outback 2023 Holiday Planner

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Image: Dene Bingham

Starvation Bay

12 Mile Fishing

Pincushion Hakea

walk track through natural bush. The original railway track was built to connect Ravensthorpe mines to the Hopetoun Port and operated from 1909 to 1935. HOPETOUN 558km south-east of Perth Hopetoun is surrounded by unspoilt wilderness and is the perfect setting for a relaxed, all-year round holiday. September to April is especially ideal to enjoy the 200km of pristine beaches, picturesque scenery, abundance of water activities and the easy access to the Fitzgerald River National Park. Take to boating, windsurfing, swimming, snorkelling, fishing and whale watching while in Hopetoun. JimMcCulloch Park Be sure to check out the family-friendly park, just a stone’s throw from the grassy foreshore with gas barbecue, picnic shelters, play equipment, replica railway station and jumping pillow. Southern Ocean Road East from Hopetoun is the scenic Southern Ocean Road which takes in the spectacular coastline, passing several lookout viewing points and access points to many beaches, salt water pools and fishing spots including Two Mile Beach, Five Mile Beach, Twelve Mile Beach, Mason Bay and Starvation Bay.

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At a Glance

WHAT’S ON Hopetoun Summer Festival — Jan 2023 Hopetoun Annual Fishing Classic — 4-5 March 2023 Ravensthorpe Enduro Club Peak Charles Ride — July 2023 (school holidays) Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show and Spring Festival — 11-23 Sept 2023 Ravensthorpe Enduro Club Rat Run (Motocross) — Oct 2023 TOPATTRACTIONS Farm Gate Art / Ravensthorpe Silos / Ravensthorpe Ranges / Walk Trails / Phillop’s River Canoe Trail WILDFLOWERS TODISCOVER Royal Hakea / Qualup Bell / Barrens Regelia / Scarlet Banksia / White Spider Orchid

Mason Bay and Starvation Bay Take a day trip east of Hopetoun to discover two spectacular bays. Swim, fish, snorkel and play all day or enjoy coastal camping at its finest. Each with boat launching points and snow white beaches you won’t want to leave. MUNGLINUP 590km south-east of Perth Munglinup Beach forms a lagoon that is protected by a reef and here you can swim or snorkel, enjoy the underwater world or just relax on the beach. If you are looking for a secluded beach you needn’t go any further, you’ll find it here. Just a short distance away, Lake Shaster and the Oldfield Estuary are renowned havens for rare and unusual birds. The Oldfield Estuary area offers visitors plenty of activities including canoeing, small boating, kayaking, nature bush walks, wildflower viewing and fishing.

RAVENSTHORPE VISITORCENTRE ANDMUSEUM 86 Morgans Street, Ravensthorpe (08) 9838 1191 | Esperance & the Fitzgerald Coast | 109

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