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Port Hedland


As the second largest town in the Pilbara, Port Hedland often sits in the shadow of its larger neighbour Karratha.

However, Port Hedland is equally rich in Indigenous culture, pioneering history, and diverse wildlife. A perfect spot for fishing, crabbing and even whale watching, the best of Port Hedland can be found in its great outdoors.

See the Sights


Port Hedland is the central hub connecting the Pilbara and Kimberley regions. This coastal town is renowned for its massive resource industry so a visit to the Port of Port Hedland is a must-do.  As the world’s largest export tonnage port, it provides a unique opportunity for visitors to experience the daily operations up close.  You can watch the hustle and bustle from Marapikurrinya Park or follow the Port Interpretive Walk and learn about its long and fascinating history.

Port Hedland’s West End area is exploding with culture, from the contemporary street art scene to the historic sites along the Heritage Trail. Don’t miss a visit to one of the several art and cultural centres in Port Hedland that showcase local artists and their work. You may even find a piece of Port Hedland to take home with you.

Head to the Port Hedland Visitor Centre to pick up some information and then explore at your own pace with a self-guided tour. Alternatively, you can take a tour of the Port on a working service boat for a truly up close and personal experience!

Hit the sand and discover the many beaches and foreshores that Port Hedland have to offer. Take in the spectacular sunsets and if the timing is right, you can enjoy the beauty of the Staircase to the Moon. We hear the best viewing spot is at Cooke Point!

DID YOU KNOW: Port Hedland has one of the highest concentrations of nesting Flatback turtles in Australia. Nesting from October to January. Hatchling season is from December to March.

Port Hedland Flights
English breakfast with juice at a Port Hedland restaurant

Treat Your Tastebuds


Refuel after your day exploring Port Hedland by sampling one of their delicious restaurants and cafes. With bistros, speciality restaurants and pubs to choose from, there’s no shortage of great food to enjoy.

LOCALS TIP: Check out the food truck scene at Dreamers Corner in South Hedland.

Relax on holiday


Whether it’s a waterfront hotel room, a fully self-contained apartment or caravan parks, there’s a bed for every budget in Port Hedland. Just make sure to book early so you don’t miss out!

The Esplanade Hotel in Port Hedland
Aerial view of Port Hedland shipping port


The Essentials

Best time of year to visit

The wet season is generally from November to April and while the region is quieter, you will be rewarded with spectacular lightning shows and plenty of waterfalls to explore.

The dry season between May and November is the most popular time to visit Port Hedland. The days are filled with blue skies and mild temperatures, ideal for exploring the region


Like much of the Pilbara and Kimberley region, Port Hedland has two distinct seasons, the wet and the dry season.

Recommended length of stay

A weekend adventure to Port Hedland is an excellent amount of time to explore the area.


Port Hedland is a very popular town and due to the large population and significant workforce accommodation is often difficult to come by at late notice. We recommend booking your accommodation well in advance.


Port Hedland has its own airport with daily domestic and regional flights. Sealed coast and inland highways are suitable for cars, 4WDs, and caravans.

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