Port Hedland Tourism & Travel
Port Hedland Australia
Port Hedland lays 1761km from Perth via the North West Coastal Highway or 1600km via the Great Northern Highway.
Port Hedland History
Since the 1960s, Port Hedland has been the center of a thriving iron-ore industry; its natural harbour handles the largest tonnage of any Port in Australia. Its pristine beaches and mangroves are home to an abundance of fish and other wildlife.
Port Hedland Town
Port Hedland lies on an inlet fringed with mangroves that are teeming with life; a number of hand-shaped tidal creeks come off its shallow natural harbour. The town is relaxed and open.
Much of the population lives at the satellite town of South Hedland 18km inland, which was established due to the lack of suitable land above storm surge levels caused by cyclones. South Hedland is home to 40 000 people and is quite modern, once housing the largest shopping center outside of Perth.
Port Hedland is an industrial center focused on the extraction, processing and exporting of iron-ore from the massive deposits in surrounding ranges. Its hinterlands are dry areas with ranges, rock formations and grasslands.
Port Hedland Railway
On the way into town, the 426km-long railway that was purpose-built to carry iron-ore from Newman one of the worlds biggest mining operations southeast of Port Hedland is visible by the side of the road.
These massive trains can be up to 3km long!
Port Hedland Iron Ore
The port handles the largest tonnage of any port in Australia and it is here that the iron-ore is unloaded, screened, crushed, stockpiled and conveyed out onto the pier for export. Huge iron-ore carriers frequent the port, exporting the iron-ore to Japan, Europe, China and South Korea.
The BHP Iron Ore Mill at Nelson Point is the heart of Port Hedlands industry. Daily tours of the Mill are available and you can get a view of the dusty, giant machinery from a number of vantage points around the harbour.
Port Hedland Salt Mountains
Huge pyramids of snow-white salt are stockpiled alongside the main road, solar-produced by the Leslie Salt Company in the area.
Port Hedland Royal Flying Doctor Service
Other attractions around Port Hedland include the first Royal Flying Doctor Service base in Western Australia. Established in 1935, it is still in operation today. There are a number of excellent walking trails around town, visiting the impressive old buildings, along the coast and down to the harbour.
Port Hedland Indigenous Peoples
Port Hedland was always a popular meeting place for Aborigines due to the large amounts of wildlife in the ocean, tidal creeks and mangroves.
Port Hedland Fishing
Port Hedland is an anglers paradise. A wide variety of fish such as bream, whiting, mullet, kingfish and skippy can be caught in a number of habitats. A large population of juicy mud crabs live in the dense mangroves vegetated with samphires and other salt-tolerant plants.
Eighty Mile Beach
Port Hedland marks the southwestern terminus of Eighty Mile Beach. This beach stretches some 80 miles along the West Australian coast up towards Broome; its brilliant aqua and azure waters meet stark white beaches.
From either direction, the beach seems to go on forever. Port Hedland makes a great stopover point or base for exploring the National Parks and other attractions of the Pilbara.
Point Samson and Dampier Archipelago
Further south of Port Hedland is Point Samson and the tropical islands of the Dampier Archipelago, both hot spots for game and recreational fishing.