Hopetown is the next town encountered once Lascelles and Woomelong have been visited. Both preceding towns being very small. Hopetown likewise is a very small town. The Hopetown Airport though is clearly a busy strip and an economic strength.
Hopetown, as is the case with many small Victorian country towns is experiencing economic challenges.
The town was named after the 7th Earl Hopetown, Victorian Governor from 1889 to 1895 and later the first Governor General of Australia. Hopetown is in essence a new town, but that said heritage factors are evident.
During the 2009 heat wave, the town experienced several days of intense heat, with a peak of 48.8 °C (119.8 °F). The reading was the highest temperature nationwide during the event, and also broke the record for highest temperature in Victoria.