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.

DISTANCEDIRECTIONS
4.4km On the left is Galaxy Resources lithium mine. Sorry no entry.
6km You are now approaching the old Floater Mine site on the left, operations began in 1899.
10km 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.
11km 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.
21km Clearing.Turn left and follow the “to Carlingup Road’ sign. Cockies Tongues, (Templetonia retusa), Red Pea Flowers.
22km Carlingup Road, turn right.
23.5km 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).

RAVENSTHORPE SCENIC DRIVES

Mt Madden Scenic Drive - 160km Round Trip

DISTANCEDIRECTIONS
Start Leave from the Ravensthorpe Museum and proceed west through the main street. If you haven't already, be sure to stop in at the grain silos as you pass to admire the Banksia Mural. Continue on South Coast Highway
After 3.6km turn right onto Lake King Road
10 km On your right there is a Rest Area, it is encouraged you pull in to see old mining relics. Mt Short is on the right (highest peak in the Ravensthorpe Range). Many wildflowers can be spotted in this rest area.
23 km Rest Area on left. Pincushion hakea trees flower in autumn and winter. For the next few kilometres, you will see Banksias, Blue Mallees, Rock Oaks, Tea Trees and Bottlebrushes.
4.37km  On the left you will see the Mt Madden bin. The grain from these bins is then transferred to the Esperance Port. Farmland on this drive, in some cases dates back to early 20th century, however a large proportion has been developed since 1966
5.50km Pallarup Rocks Nature Reserve. Turn right off the sealed road to a shady rest area with an Information Bay, picnic tables and bush walks.Turn right at the freshwater standpipe to the historic well, there is a 16 km walk to Mt Madden which was developed by the Lake King Primary School for the 1988 Bicentenary. In spring an abundance of wildflowers can be found on this walk. Return to the sealed road and after 50m on your left there is a track to Lake Pallarup which will take you on a circular drive around the lake. (check the conditions of the road before proceeding). Allen road will take you back to the sealed Lake King Rd. 
74km Turn left onto Muncasters Rd (gravel), watch out for a plaque detailing the history of the CBH site. 
80km Turn left onto Hatters Hill Rd, on the left is a plaque marking the site of the first Mt Madden School, turning right onto Mt Madden Rd and make your way to Mt Madden Rock. Explore the rock, great picnic spot at the bottom. 
Return To travel back to Ravensthorpe - return to Hatters Hill Rd, turning left at Muncaster Rd, turn right at Stennets Lake Rd, right at Beatty Rd, turning left onto Lake King Rd at 124 km.

Mt Short Scenic Drive - 40km

Start Depart from the museum, heading west and turn right onto the Lake King Rd.
18.4km Turn right onto Mt Short Road (gravel 4WD is recommended in wet weather). You will see a gravel pit on your right and an access sign to climb Mt Short, the highest peak in the Ravensthorpe Range, measuring at 448m- allow one hour up a rough path to reach the top. Continue driving on Mt Short Rd through the range.
25km Turn right onto Floater Rd. From here you can view Archer Drive Lookout or follow Floater Rd back onto the heavy haulage route and into Ravensthorpe.
Ravensthorpe Depart Ravensthorpe Museum, head towards Esperance along the South Coast Highway.On the left near the caravan park, is the location of the old railway station 1909- 1935.
6.6km No.1 Smelter (1904) ruins can be seen on the hill to the left – private property, no entry.
13km Turn right at the Elverdton Road sign onto gravel road. 
16.7km Turn right, Ethel Daw Lookout has panoramic views over farmland, natural bush, Elverdton and Desmond copper mines and Southern Ocean. If entering into the bush beware of old mine shafts. Return down Ethel Daw Drive and turn right at the end – continue up Elverdton Road. Going down the hill you will observe Pincushion hakeas flowering profusely in autumn and early winter. 
19.1km Turn left onto the Ravensthorpe Hopetoun Road (sealed) to observe the old Elverdton copper mine and gold processing plant finally closed in 1990. STRICTLY NO ADMITTANCE. Nothing remains of the old Desmond town site west of the road. TURN AROUND and now head back to Ravensthorpe
24.8km No sign, but you can take a spur to the right (0.7kms along the track which is rough and will require 4WD in wet weather) and you will see the expansive ruins covering about 20 hectares of the No.2 Smelter, where gold, copper and silver ore were extracted from 1906 to 1918. More details available at the Museum. Return to the sealed road and turn right to head back to Ravensthorpe.

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