The picturesque and pleasant waterfront holiday destination on the shores of beautiful Mary Ann Haven was once the port of the Phillips River Goldfield. Previously it had served sealers, whaling ships and early settlers. From the present breakwater, which replaced the old jetty, recreational boaties and fisherman launch their boats. Hopetoun has endless unspoiled beaches and is close to the entrance of the Fitzgerald River National Park.
East of Hopetoun, the beaches are remarkably accessible by gravel roads. The Southern Ocean Road skirts the shoreline and has several coastal lookouts and access points to beaches, many of which have long limestone shelves and quiet pools for fishing and swimming.
It continues to beautiful Mason Point and Mason Bay with its beachfront campsite, then to Starvation Boat Harbour. It has a fine headland, campsites and sheltered boat launching. Continuing east along Springdale Road past Lake Shaster is access to the beautiful Munglinup Beach with headlands, a reef, campsites and the Oldfield River Estuary.
West of Hopetoun takes you into the magnificent Fitzgerald River National Park.