Hopetoun is an agricultural community predominantly growing grain and legumes, along with some animal farming of goats, sheep and cattle. It has a number of historical buildings that the local Historical Society helps to restore and maintain, including a settler homestead.
The town is close to the Wyperfeld, Hattah-Kulkyne and Murray Sunset National Parks, so is an ideal base from which to explore these sites in the Mallee.
Lake Lascelles is located in Hopetoun, and is popular for walking, swimming, boating, bird watching and fishing. Camping is also available on the foreshore at the Mallee Bush Retreat complex. It is filled by the Grampians Wimmera Mallee pipeline, which ensures the lake will always have water.
Hopetoun Historic Mural (above) was painted by local artists, and is a backdrop to the Memorial Park in the main street. It is 20m x 3.5m in size, and depicts the many different faces of Hopetoun’s heritage such as wool bales, native fauna and flora, indigenous Australians, and drovers.
Student accommodation provided by the hospital is available on a first come, first served basis. Warracknabeal provides free accommodation to students, with breakfast and one meal on a shift included.
Contact the hospital directly for accommodation bookings.
Warracknabeal: see www.tripadvisor.com.au/Hotels-g552269-Warracknabeal_Victoria-Hotels.html
For more information on the region, and what it has to offer, please visit the web links below.
Tourist information: www.travelvictoria.com.au/warracknabeal/
Yarriambiak Council information: http://yarriambiack.vic.gov.au/council/
See www.hopetounvictoria.com.au/ for more details.
Thanks to mattinbgn for the use of pictures.