Backpacking Port Hedland

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    EXPLORE THE RUGGED COASTLINE AROUND CAPE KERAUDREN AND EIGHTY MILE BEACH, WHICH IS LOCATED NORTH OF PORT HEDLAND: Photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia
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    COOKE POINT, PORT HEDLAND: Photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia
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    CHECK OUT THE HUGE CARGILL SALT FLATS NEAR PORT HEDLAND: Photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia
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Port Hedland Highlights

  • North of Port Hedland lie the remote and pristine nature reserves of Cape Keraudren and Eighty Mile Beach. Here you can visit the beautiful sandy beaches, go fishing and admire the stunning sunsets.

  • In the summer months you can watch turtles nesting at Eighty Mile Beach or see millions of migratory birds on their annual journey from their Arctic breeding grounds.

  • From March to October when there is a full moon, reflections of the moon stretch out across shiny mudflats creating the magnificent illusion of a long silver staircase to the moon.

  • The visitor centre conducts various tours including; BHP Billiton Iron Ore tours, Royal Flying Doctor Service tours, Port Hedland School of the Air & Rio Tinto's Dampier Salt Lookout tours.

About Port Hedland

Population 15,000

The busy town of Port Hedland is primarily concerned with industry. From here, the enormous amounts of iron ore mined from the Pilbara are shipped overseas.

If you are interested in heavy machinery or mining, the Visitor Centre runs BHP Billiton Iron Ore Tours. The centre also offers various other tours and has a notice board advising when ships are due in port. The best vantage point to observe these huge bulk ore carriers is at Marapikurrinya Park.

Port Hedland is a good spot for fishing, whale watching and watching turtles nesting at various times of the year at Eighty Mile Beach.

The town is more of a pit-stop on the way to other places.

Orientation Map for Port Hedland


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Port Hedland Visitor Information Centre

13 Wedge Street
Port Hedland, Western Australia
Phone (08) 9173 1711
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