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Ravensthorpe

Visitor Centre:
Ravensthorpe Tourist Information
‘Going Bush Info. Shop’Morgans St, between Queen St & Moir Rd.
Phone: (08) 9838 1277
General:
Today, one third of the Ravensthorpe Shire is productive farmland, the other two thirds comprised natural bush divided into National Parks, Reserves and vacant Crown Land, all rich in native flora and fauna. Nickel mining is again being developed in the area.

Ancient mountain ranges, rocky hills, rugged river valleys, estuaries and large inlets provide the area with a wealth of natural beauty. Wildflowers abundant in the Spring time.

Spectacular coastal scenery grand headlands with pristine beaches along the Hopetoun coastline. Access to the Fitzgerald River National Park 330,000 hectares of unspoilt wilderness, accessible by 2WD and 4WD tracks.
History:
The Wudjari Aborigines once roamed this area and reminders of their presence still remain today in the nomenclature of landmarks, stone scatters, middens, artefacts and a scantily recorded history.

The introduction of white man began in the early 17th century with navigators along the coast. This was followed by sealing and whaling. 1868 Dunn Bros established a sheep station on the Phillips River.

In 1900 the Phillips River Goldfield was declared, gold fever and mining is part of Ravensthorpe colorful history, with poppet heads and smelters part of the scenery.
Attractions:
Ravensthorpe Range
Ravensthorpe town sits amid stately Salmon Gums encircled by the Ravensthorpe Range which stretches approximately 45kms from Mt Short in the north to Kundip in the south-east. There are numerous scenic drives with panoramic lookouts. Rare fauna such as the western mouse, pygmy possums and tamar wallabies inhabit the range.
Accommodation
Ravensthorpe offers a range of accommodations to suit all budgets and requirements.
The Ravensthorpe Caravan Park offers a 15% discount to guests who present their advert. The park offers camping sites, powered sites, on-site vans and cabin and park home accommodation.
Railway Heritage Walk
Follows along the Railway Track between Ravensthorpe & Hopetoun several walks documented. Information available at the Visitor Centre.
Scenic Drives & Lookouts
Several local self drive scenic routes, well documented with maps, distances and times taken. Good lookouts with splendid vistas and panoramas in the mountain ranges are accessible to 2 WD.
Wildflower Show
Wildflower Show dates 7th September to 17th September 2013. Details at www.wildflowersravensthorpe.org.au.