Self Drive Tours
Your complete guide to discover the magic of the Fitzgerald Coast
Day 1 Arrive in Ravensthorpe
Weave through agricultural land taking in the view of rolling hillsides, natural bushland and fields of yellow canola (when in season) as you arrive into Ravensthorpe.
DAY 2 Ravensthorpe
Enjoy breakfast at one of the local cafes, each boasting great coffee and homemade goodies, prior to heading to the Ravensthorpe Museum. Get lost amongst displays of locally made produce, arts and crafts, and the history of our region. This museum is a hidden gem, the volunteers are so knowledgeable you will love spending your morning here.
Head for the Hills! This 4WD tour takes you on a 29 km journey along the top ridge of the Ravensthorpe Range. The range has the most Eucalyptus species in the world for its size and is exploding with wildflowers and mining history. Reset your odometer at the Museum and follow the Ravensthorpe Range Scenic 4WD Tour: Travel east down Morgans Street from the Museum towards the roundabout, turning left at the roundabout onto the heavy haulage route. Continue past Hosking Street turning right onto Floater Road (Second Right). ‘Lookout’ signposted.
4.4 km – On the left is Galaxy Resources lithium mine. Sorry no entry.
6 Km – You are now approaching the old Floater Mine site on the left, operations began in 1899.
10 Km- Immediately after turning a sharp corner to the left turn right and ascend Archer Drive. Depending on the season and time of the year you will see many wildflowers such as, Nodding Banksias, Beaufortias, Lechenaultias, Bottlebrushes, Verticordias and Qualup bells.
About 11 km- Archer Drive Lookout. Have a break and take in the secenery. View from left to right: Mt Desmond, Elverdton copper mine headframe and tailings dam, East Mt Barren, Eyre Range, Ravensthorpe town (easily distinguished by the three large grain silos). Spend time exploring the range.
About 21 km – Clearing. Turn left and follow the “to Carlingup Road’ sign. Cockies Tongues, (Templetonia retusa), Red Pea Flowers.
22 km – Carlingup Road, turn right.
23.5 km – South Coast Highway, turn right for Ravensthorpe.
Day 3 Ravensthorpe to Hopetoun
Make your way to Hopetoun, stopping in at the historical Kundip information bay, where a bustling town once thrived during the gold rush era. Enjoy the crops to your left and right as you get closer to Hopetoun, safely pull over to the side of the road and get a snap of the very impressive crops from July – September. Check in to your accommodation and have the afternoon at leisure. Stroll around the shops at the beautiful seaside town of Hopetoun. Get your feet wet and throw a line in the crystal clear water or just kick back and rest. Make your way down to the Groyne at sunset and join the locals in a ‘Groyney’.
Day 4 Hopetoun & Fitzgerald River National Park
The Fitzgerald River National Park is one of the largest and most botanically significant national parks in Australia. Access is only a few kilometres from Hopetoun, just before the first roundabout into town turn right onto Hamersley Drive. You will discover mountains and spectacular coastlines, viewing platforms, wildflowers and wildlife. Make sure you have your camera at the ready! Climb East Mt Barren, walk the Hakea Trail to the breathtaking Quoin Head. Keep a watch for whales during June to October. Have some fun 4WDing and exploring the Hamersley sand dunes or paddle a canoe on the inlet.
Day 5 Munglinup
Head to Munglinup via Springdale Rd, turning right at Munglinup Beach Road. (Around 85 km). Prior to the flood travellers would take the scenic Southern Ocean Rd route, unfortunately this road remains underwater. (Read flood information below). Once in Munglinup, relax under the shady trees, take a walk along the beach, snorkel the pristine waterways or kayak the Oldfield Estuary.
In February 2017 the Ravensthorpe Shire and surrounding region was devastated by flood, some areas experiencing more than 300ml of rain in a 48 hr period. The townsites of Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun were cut off due to extensive water across main highways and bridges destroyed. The damage of the flood on local businesses, farming and residential property and all roads will take years to repair. We ask that you take care, be sure to drive to the condition of roads and take it a bit slower. Please also remember to remain patient while some roads are still closed – it is advised that you contact the Ravensthorpe Shire or the Fitzgerald Coast Tourism Association if you are going off road to receive up to date road reports. Shire Office (9839 0000).