Port Hedland is a dynamic town of over 20,000 people located in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia. The original inhabitants, the Karriyarra people, call the place Marapikurrinya for the hand shaped formation of the tidal creeks coming off the natural harbour.
The lifestyle is relaxed and open. The Town’s location on the ocean provides for a variety of aquatic leisure activities including superb fishing. Whales and nesting flatback turtles can be seen in season. Millstream and Karijini National Parks are within easy driving distance, while Broome and the Kimberley are also within reach.
The two main residential centres are Port Hedland and South Hedland. Each has a range of community services including cultural, recreation and shopping facilities. Branches of major Banks are located in Wedge Street Port Hedland, while Commonwealth and State Government offices are mainly located in the South Hedland CBD.
The Wedgefield Industrial Area contains a variety of light and service industry premises, while the feature which now dominates the landscape of Port Hedland is the BHP Billiton Iron Ore Nelson Point crushing and shipping facility.
The Port is one of the world’s largest in tonnage terms, with over 70 million tonnes of product worth more than $3 billion shipped each year.
Tourist locations include:
- Dalgety House, an historic pastoral era dwelling, museum and interpretive centre in Wedge Street
- Courthouse Arts and Gallery Centre, showcasing indigenous Pilbara arts and crafts
- Don Rhodes Mining Museum, with historic mining and transport equipment
- Cultural and Heritage Trail, identifying buildings and locations of significance in the history of the Town
- The Port area, where bulk carrier vessels of up to 260,000 tonnes and over 230 metres in length glide through a narrow harbour entrance adjacent to the main street
- Pioneer and Pearlers’ Cemetery, where graves reflect the hardships faced by early settlers, Japanese pearl divers and Chinese pastoral workers
- Viewing and monitoring of nesting Flatback Turtles from October to March
- Tides which range from half a metre to eight metres, create fine fishing spots and great opportunities for shell collectors and photographers
The Town has a variety of accommodation for both business travellers and tourists, including backpackers, caravan parks, motels and quality hotels.
What better place than to spend some time with your Ulysses mates than in the Pilbara Region!