Eastern grey kangaroo, Andrew Henley / Auscape International

Population 591

This small Mallee town, south-east of Wyperfeld National Park, was named after the first governor-general of Australia, the Earl of Hopetoun. The Earl was a friend of Edward Lascelles, who played a major role in developing the Mallee Country by eradicating vermin, developing water strategies to cope with the dry conditions, and enticing settlers to the region.

Visitor Information

Gateway Beet, 75 Lascelles St; (03) 5083 3001


Nearby national parks

  • Wyperfeld National Park

    In the state’s arid north-west, Wyperfeld is a vast park of open plains and spreading mallee eucalypts. The usually bone-dry bed of...more

  • Coorong National Park

    Coorong National Park is a long, narrow ribbon of saline wetlands, saltpans, coastal dunes and wild ocean beaches stretching for 150...more

Nearby towns

  • Jeparit

    This little town in the Wimmera is 5 kilometres south-east of Lake Hindmarsh, is the largest natural freshwater lake in Victoria...more

  • Warracknabeal

    The town's Aboriginal name means 'the place of the big red gums shading the watercourse', a name that is both beautifully descriptive and...more

  • Ouyen

    Ouyen was once little more than a station on the Melbourne–Mildura train route, but it has since grown to become an important service town....more

In Town

Hopetoun House: the residence of Lascelles, this majestic building is now National Trust–classified; Evelyn St.

Mallee Mural: depicts history of the region; wall of Dr Pete's Memorial Park, cnr Lascelles and Austin sts.

Lake Lascelles: good for boating, swimming and fishing when filled, presently dry. Camping facilities available; access from end of Austin St.


Wyperfeld National Park Outlet Creek connects the network of lake beds that are the main highlight for visitors to this park. They fill only when Lake Albacutya overflows, which in turn fills only when Lake Hindmarsh overflows. Once a corroboree ground, the main lake bed, Wirrengren Plain, has flooded only once in the last 100 years. Eastern grey kangaroos can be seen grazing on Wirrengren and the other lake beds, and the Eastern Lookout Nature Drive is a great way to see the range of vegetation in the park – river red gums, black box, mallee and cypress pine, and wildflowers in spring. The park is home to the endangered mallee fowl, a turkey-size bird that makes nesting mounds up to 5 metres across. A variety of walking trails leave from the 2 campgrounds – Wonga Campground in the south and Casuarina Campground in the north, near the lakes. Contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963; 50 km NW.

Patchewollock: the northern gateway to the Wyperfeld National Park, and also home of the Patchewollock Outback Pub; 35 km NW.

Fishing spots near town

Dimboola 87 km

At first sight the Wimmera River didn’t look special. Barely flowing, it consisted of sandbars and fallen trees interspersed with shallows and a few deeper holes below the timber. I was fishing with local anglers... Find out more

Campsites around town

Wonga camping area 33 km

You’ll find Wonga camping area on Main Entrance Rd after entering the national park from Yaapeet. A number of great walks start from here. Take the 4 km return Discovery Walk for an introduction to the mallee... Find out more

Yaapeet Beach camping area 33 km

On the eastern shore of Lake Albacutya, accessible from either Rainbow township or the nearby community of Yaapeet, is the Yaapeet Beach camping area. Water is only sometimes available here, so it’s best to bring... Find out more

OTIT camping area 34 km

This is a good place to camp if you’re interested in taking an adventurous hike north of Lake Albacutya to Outlet Creek, and into the dunes beyond it; just remember that it gets too hot in summer to comfortably... Find out more

Western Beach camping area 39 km

Western Beach is situated on the shoreline of Lake Albacutya amidst parrot-filled black box and river red gum woodlands. Stay here for a few days to enjoy the peace and quiet, or make it a stopover before visiting the... Find out more

Casuarina camping area 46 km

The Casuarina camping area is in the northern section of the national park – follow Patchewollock Rd from Baring and then turn south on Meridian Rd. The Casuarina Loop Walking Track forges through pine-buloke... Find out more

Green Lake camping area 47 km

The campsites at Green Lake are surrounded by gum trees. There are also some BBQs here, which are coin-operated. Nearby is a patch of mallee woodland that makes for a nice walk. Follow the sign off the Birchip–Sea... Find out more

The Wattles camping area 51 km

After skirting the western edge of Lake Hindmarsh, the Nhill–Rainbow Rd crosses over Outlet Creek, heading east. It’s here, at the northern foreshore of the lake, that you’ll find the track leading down... Find out more

Williamsons Beach camping area 53 km

Just off the Nhill–Rainbow Rd, at the northern tip of Lake Hindmarsh, is this serene campground. Note the lack of facilities here, and that the access road is sometimes inaccessible after rain; check before you... Find out more

Picnic Point Beach camping ground 57 km

Picnic Point Beach, which lies just north of where the Wimmera River empties into Lake Hindmarsh, is a good place for some solitude. From the Nhill–Jeparit Rd, detour onto unsealed Lake Rd, which runs up along the... Find out more

Schulzes Beach camping area 58 km

This campground is located on the western shore of Lake Hindmarsh, where it has some impressive river red gums for company. South of here, at Antwerp on the road to Dimboola, you’ll find what’s left of the... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Nhill Caravan Park 94 km

This is a convenient park on the Western Highway, on the western outskirts of Nhill. It has good basic amenities and is conveniently located midway between Melbourne and Adelaide.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Hopetoun camping area 1 km

At Hopetoun

On the shores of Lake Lascelles. Donations accepted.

Wonga Camp Area 33 km

T/O to Yaapeet

In an open bush setting 27 kilometres (part unsealed) north of Yaapeet via Park Road in Wyperfeld National Park.

Yaapeet Beach Camp Area 33 km

T/O to Yaapeet

On the shore of the (dry) lake 3 kilometres (unsealed) west of Yaapeet via Kenmare Road in Albacutya Regional Park.

Brim camping area 39 km

At Brim

On the shores of a lake 1km off the highway via the main street of Brim.

Western Beach Camp Area 39 km

T/O to Rainbow

On the shore of the (dry) lake 17 kilometres northwest of Rainbow via Hopetoun Road and Albacutya Road in Albacutya Regional Park.

Green Lake camping area 46 km

T/O at Sea Lake (R) or Berriwillock (L)

On the shores of the lake 10km south of Sea Lake or north-west of Berriwillock. Some powered sites available.

Lake Tyrell rest area 52 km

82km SE of Ouyen (L) or 83km N of Wycheproof (R)

Just off the highway among a couple of trees.

Birchip park area 57 km

At Birchip

Adjacent to the highway. On the south side of town.

Berriwillock park area 58 km

At Berriwillock

Opposite the hotel on the service road through town.

Lake Watchem camping area 64 km

T/O 20km S of Birchip (R) or 34km N of Donald (L)

On the edge of the lake 1km west of Watchem. 

Walpeup rest area 73 km

At Walpeup

Just off the highway, in the middle of town. Powered sites and showers available for a fee.

Ouyen park area 73 km

At Ouyen

Large parking area adjacent to the highway. On the east side of town.

Underbool park area 80 km

At Underbool

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Wimmera River rest area 84 km

32km E of Nhill (L) or 6km W of Dimboola (R)

Just off the highway near the river.

Native Waterhole rest area 86 km

16km E of Nhill (R) or 22km W of Dimboola (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Wycheproof park area 87 km

At Wycheproof

Just off the highway. In the middle of town.

Wail rest area 90 km

10km SE of Dimboola (L) or 26km NW of Horsham (R)

Just off the highway among some trees near the railway overpass.

Donald park area 90 km

At Donald       

Adjacent to the highway on the banks of the Richardson River.

Horseshoe Bend camping area 91 km

T/O at Dimboola

On the banks of the Wimmera River 7km (partly unsealed) south of the highway via Wimmera St and Horseshoe Bend Rd in Little Desert National Park.

Ackle Bend camping area 92 km

T/O at Dimboola

On the banks of the Wimmera River 7km (partly unsealed) south of the highway via Wimmera St and Horseshoe Bend Rd in Little Desert National Park.

Lake Crosbie camping area 94 km

T/O 50km E of Murrayville (L) or 9km W of Underbool (R)

Located 12km (unsealed) north of the highway on the edge of the lake in Murray-Sunset National Park.

Kiata camping area 95 km

T/O at Kiata

Large open area 12km (partly unsealed) south of the highway in a pleasant bush setting in Little Desert National Park.

Wooroonook Lake camping area 95 km

T/O at Charlton

On the shores of the lake 14km west of Charlton via Borung Hwy.  

What's on around town

Hopetoun Bowl Club Annual Carnival: Apr.

Hopetoun A & P Society Annual Show: Oct.

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