Population 438

Ravensthorpe is encircled by the Ravensthorpe Range. This unspoiled bushland is home to many plants unique to the area such as the Qualup bell, warted yate and Ravensthorpe bottlebrush. Gold was discovered here in 1898 and by 1909 the population had increased to around 3000. Coppermining reached a peak in the late 1960s; the last coppermine closed in 1972. Many old mine shafts can be seen around the district and fossicking is a favourite pastime.

Visitor Information

Morgans St; (08) 9838 1277


Nearby national parks

  • Fitzgerald River National Park

    Lying between Bremer Bay and Hopetoun on the south coast of Western Australia, Fitzgerald River National Park is renowned as one of the most...more

  • Stokes National Park

    This national park, an hour’s drive west of Esperance on Western Australia’s southern coast, protects Stokes Inlet and its...more

  • Stirling Range National Park

    Surrounded by a flat, sandy plain, the Stirling Range rises abruptly to over 1000 metres, its jagged peaks sometimes veiled in swirling...more

Nearby towns

  • Lake King

    This small rural town lies on the fringe of sheep- and grain-farming country. With a tavern and several stores, Lake King is a stopping...more

  • Bremer Bay

    Bremer Bay on the south coast is a wide expanse of crystal-clear blue water and striking white sand. The main beach, only a ten-minute walk...more

  • Lake Grace

    The area around Lake Grace is a major grain-growing region for the state, producing wheat, canola, oats, barley, lupins and legumes. Sandy...more

In Town

Historical Society Museum: local history memorabilia; in Dance Cottage near visitor centre, Morgans St.

Historic buildings: many in town including the impressive Palace Hotel (1907) and the restored Commercial Hotel (now a community centre); both in Morgans St.

Rangeview Park: local plant species, picnic and barbecue facilities; Morgans St.


WA Time Meridian: plaque on a boulder marks the WA time meridian; at first rest bay west of town.

Eremia Camel Treks: offers rides along the beach; open by appt Dec–Apr; Hopetoun Rd; (08) 9838 1092; 2 km SE.

Old Copper Smelter: in operation 1906–18, now site of tailings dumps and old equipment; 2 km SE.

Archer Drive Lookout: extensive views over farms and hills; 3 km N in Ravensthorpe Range.

Mt Desmond Lookout: magnificent views in all directions; Ethel Daw Dr; 17 km SE in Ravensthorpe Range.

Hopetown: seaside village with pristine beaches ideal for swimming, surfing, windsurfing, fishing and boating. Summer Festival each June. Walk on the Hopetoun Trail Head Loop (part of the Hopetoun–Ravensthorpe Heritage Walk) or visit Fitzgerald River National Park to the west; see Bremer Bay; 49 km S.

Scenic drives: include the 170 km circular Hamersley Drive Heritage Trail; contact visitor centre for maps.

Rock-collecting: check locally to avoid trespass.

Cafes & restaurants around town

Ravensthorpe Palace Motor Hotel

Situated in the quiet country town of Ravensthorpe, the stately Palace Hotel has been keeping locals and visitors well fed and hydrated since it was built in 1907. The upstairs verandah is a popular spot to watch the... Find out more

Campsites around town

Shire Reserve camping area 43 km

Shire Reserve camping area is within Fitzgerald River National Park on Hamersley Inlet Rd, off Hamersley Dr, 26 km west of Hopetoun. This secluded area has basic facilities and shady campsites on the water’s edge,... Find out more

Hamersley Inlet camping area 43 km

Hamersley Inlet camping area on the east side of Fitzgerald River National Park is on Hamersley Inlet Rd off Hamersley Dr, 23 km west of Hopetoun. With basic facilities in a coastal environment, it is popular with... Find out more

Quoin Head camping area 50 km

Quoin Head camping area is on Telegraph Track off Hamersley Dr, 45 km west of Hopetoun, on the east side of Fitzgerald River National Park. It has basic facilities close to the foreshore. The steep access track is open... Find out more

Mason Bay camping area 56 km

Mason Bay camping area is 34 km east of Hopetoun on Mason Bay Rd, 3.8 km south of the Southern Ocean Rd. It has campsites close to the beach in a large, shaded area, sheltered by coastal vegetation. And a very nice beach... Find out more

Starvation Boat Harbour camping area 60 km

This foreshore camping area is on a protected bay 50 km east of Hopetoun via Southern Ocean Dr, 8 km east of Mason Bay. The large camping area is sheltered by coastal vegetation, providing plenty of shade for campers.... Find out more

Lake King Caravan Park 64 km

Lake King is a crossroads centre with a tavern and several stores, 70 km north-west of Ravensthorpe. The caravan park offers basic facilities to visitors travelling across this arid country. For those with a little time... Find out more

Fitzgerald Inlet camping area 69 km

On Fitzgerald River Track, 20 km east of Pabelup Rd and 80 km north-east of Bremer Bay, this large, open clearing is around 2 km from the beach on the west side of Fitzgerald River National Park. It has basic facilities... Find out more

Munglinup Beach camping area 75 km

Munglinup Beach camping area is part of a caravan park facility 32 km south of Munglinup via Munglinup Beach Rd, off Springdale Rd. To get to Springdale Rd, take either Fuss Rd east of Munglinup or Doyal Rd to the west;... Find out more

St Marys Inlet camping area 78 km

St Marys Inlet camping area has basic facilities in a coastal setting on Point Ann Rd, off Pabelup Dr, 67 km north of Bremer Bay on the west side of Fitzgerald River National Park. Fishing and swimming are the main... Find out more

Gordon Inlet camping area 95 km

Estuarine Gordon Inlet sits on the mouth of the Gairdner River, which discharges about 9 400 000 cubic metres of water per annum. The estuary is transient and quite shallow, and salinity levels can be 4 times higher than... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Hopetoun Caravan Park 41 km

This is an informal beachside park in the small coastal community of Hopetoun, with basic beachside caravan park amenities. It is situated on the coastal fringe with a path leading to the beach and is just a 400-metre... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Ravensthorpe Palace Motor Hotel

Situated between Esperance and Albany, the Palace Hotel is one of those traditional heritage Australian pubs that reflect the state’s rich mining history. The rooms are comfortable, and downstairs the punters have... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Meridian rest area 4 km

110km NE of Jerramungup (R) or 4km W of Ravensthorpe (L)

Large area just off the highway among some trees. Limited shade.

Ravensthorpe East rest area 6 km

6km E of Ravensthorpe (R) or 182km W of Esperance (L)

Just off the highway among some trees.

Munglinup rest area 77 km

At Munglinup

Just off the highway and opposite the roadhouse.

Fitzgerald River rest area 78 km

34km NE of Jerramungup (L) or 80km SW of Ravensthorpe (R)

Just off the highway among some trees.

Young River rest area 95 km

99km E of Ravensthorpe (L) or 89km W of Esperance (R)

Just off the highway near the tree line.

What's on around town

Wildflower Show: Sept.

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