Port Hedland is a modern day Mining Town. The town exists primarily to mine, service and export iron ore for BHP. Port Hedland and the surrounding satellite suburbs are all very modern. Thirty years ago there was very little at Port Hedland, but the growth since then has been very rapid and still growing.

From a short term visitor perspective they seem to have got the growth right. Whilst 'new' Port Hedland, has a nice disjointed factor, where those planning characteristic are most prevalent in the older towns and communities.

Port Hedland is now a natural deep anchorage port which, as well as being the main fuel and container receival point for the region, was seen as perfect for shipment of the iron ore being mined in the ranges located inland from the town. The ore is moved by railway lines from four major iron ore deposits to the east and south of Port Hedland area in August 2010, the port exported 13.6 million tonnes of iron ore. Shipment of ore began on 27 May 1966 when the Harvey S Mudd sailed from Port Hedland to Japan with 24,900 tonnes of ore.

An important place to visit is the visitor centre where the shipping movements for the day are posted. The ore is shipped after being carried on the longest train in the world. Two to three k’s long.

The traditional hotels are in the main cbd.

The War Memorial, whilst modern has captured the essence of an important place of respect.

The Museum is housed in one of the few historic buildings that have survived development or cyclones.

The mining museum is big, bold and brash and cannot be missed.

The Churches are modern, and the Catholic is a ‘we got it right’ building.

If you plan to visit the mine sites allow a minimum of three days for Port Hedland.

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Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course