The town of Ravensthorpe was gazetted in 1901, named after the Ravensthorpe Range which encircles the Ravensthorpe townsite. The rugged range has seemingly endless unspoiled bush land that stretches for about 45 km from north of the town in an easterly and the southerly direction to Kundip.

The Range has an abundance of plants and wildflowers, many unique to the region. There are also many scenic spots and lookouts, however the range top is only accessible via 4WD- be mindful of the wildlife! Kangaroos, emus, and mallee fowl are never far away! Approximately one third of the Ravensthorpe Shire is productive farmland sustaining an economy by primary production of wheat, oats, barley, lupins, canola, peas & beans, cattle and sheep.

Ravensthorpe is the centre of the Phillips River Goldfield and has a wealth of mining history. More than 90 gold and copper mines have operated at one time or another in the range since the 1890s. The Nickel mine in Ravensthorpe run by FQM has recently gone into shut down however the Galaxy Lithium Mine just north of the townsite is strong. There are prospects of other mining activities commencing in the region.

Ravensthorpe is a strong community, with locals who are passionate about agriculture, sport and recreation, art and the environment.