Hopetoun, Victoria

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Memorial Hall in Hopetoun, built in 1922
Hopetoun is located in Shire of Yarriambiack
Coordinates 35°43′S 142°21′E / 35.717°S 142.350°E / -35.717; 142.350Coordinates: 35°43′S 142°21′E / 35.717°S 142.350°E / -35.717; 142.350
Population 589 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 3396
LGA(s) Shire of Yarriambiack
State electorate(s) Mildura
Federal Division(s) Mallee

Hopetoun is a town which serves as the major service centre for the Southern Mallee area of Victoria, Australia. Hopetoun is situated 400 kilometres north-west of Melbourne on the Henty Highway in the Shire of Yarriambiack. At the 2006 census, Hopetoun had a population of 589.[1]


The town was named after the 7th Earl of Hopetoun, Victorian Governor from 1889 to 1895 and later the first Governor-General of Australia. The Post Office opened on 12 September 1891 when the township was established.[2]

During the early 2009 Australian heatwave, the town experienced several days of intense heat, with a peak of 48.8 °C (119.8 °F). The reading was the highest temperature nationwide during the event, and also broke the record for highest temperature in Victoria.[3]

The town today[edit]

The town consists of two hotels, a newsagent, butchers, post office, chemist and pharmacist, hairdressers, car dealership, 3 service stations, 2 primary schools (one state, one catholic) and a high school which caters for surrounding townships. It also has a restaurant called the Bon Bon and an Op Shop. Hopetoun Airport serves the town.

Local attractions include Wyperfeld National Park, Yarriambiack Creek and Lake Corrong.

Hopetoun has a football team competing in the Mallee Football League, netball clubs, a golf course, lawn bowls, cricket and tennis competitions, basketball and many other sporting and recreational activities for all ages. Hopetoun Netball club is a very competitive side.

Golfers play at the course of the Hopetoun Golf Club on Rainbow Road.[4]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Hopetoun (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-06-30. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  3. ^ "The exceptional January-February 2009 heatwave in south-eastern Australia", Bureau of Meteorology (National Climate Centre), 2009-02-12: 2 
  4. ^ Golf Select, Hopetoun, retrieved 2009-05-11