Hopetoun, Victoria

Coordinates: 35°43′S 142°21′E / 35.717°S 142.350°E / -35.717; 142.350
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Memorial Hall in Hopetoun, built in 1922
Hopetoun is located in Shire of Yarriambiack
Coordinates35°43′S 142°21′E / 35.717°S 142.350°E / -35.717; 142.350
Population739 (2016 census)[1]
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.[2] Hopetoun is situated 400 km (249 mi) north-west of Melbourne on the Henty Highway in the Shire of Yarriambiack. In the 2016 census, Hopetoun had a population of 739.[1]


The town was named after the 7th Earl of Hopetoun, the Governor of Victoria from 1889 to 1895 and later the first Governor-General of Australia.[3] The post office opened on 12 September 1891 when the township was established.[4]

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 heatwave and also broke the record for the highest temperature in Victoria.[5]


The town has one hotel, a supermarket (IGA), a newsagent, post office, chemist/pharmacist, hairdressers, service station, one Catholic primary school and a combined primary and secondary school, Hopetoun P-12 College, which caters for surrounding townships. It also has a fast food cafe and an op shop. It has a hospital with urgent care, an acute ward and a residential aged care facility. Hopetoun Airport serves the town.

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

Hopetoun-Beulah has football and netball teams competing in the Wimmera League, a golf course, lawn bowls, cricket and tennis competitions, basketball and many other sporting and recreational activities for all ages.

Golfers play at the Hopetoun Golf Club on Rainbow Road.[6]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Hopetoun (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 January 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Brocklebank, Deirdre Heather (2010), Tell tales : memoirs of Hopetoun Victoria 1950's-70 ([Revised edition] ed.), Deirdre Brocklebank, ISBN 978-0-646-54885-2
  3. ^ "HOPETOUN". Adelaide Observer. Vol. L, no. 2, 702. South Australia. 15 July 1893. p. 32. Retrieved 26 August 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ Phoenix Auctions History, Post Office List, retrieved 28 January 2021
  5. ^ "The exceptional January–February 2009 heatwave in south-eastern Australia" (PDF), Bureau of Meteorology, National Climate Centre, p. 2, 12 February 2009
  6. ^ Golf Select, Hopetoun, retrieved 11 May 2009