Once as sleepy as Bremer Bay, Hopetoun has nearly doubled in size in recent years due to the opening of a nickel mine. The beauty of the beaches hasn't changed, but there are now more eating options and the local pub fills up with young workers in dusty overalls. From the jetty at the end of the main drag (Veal St) there are wonderful views. Beside it is a child-friendly beach with a swimming pontoon. The old train route between Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun is now a heritage walking track.
The world's longest fence – the 1833km-long No 1 rabbit-proof fence – enters the sea at Starvation Bay; it starts at Eighty Mile Beach on the Indian Ocean, north of Port Hedland. The fence was built during the height of the rabbit plague between 1901 and 1907. However, the bunnies beat the fence-builders to the west side, so it wasn't as effective a barrier as hoped.