Port Hedland is located 1660km northeast of Perth
and is thriving in the Iron Ore industry
. This port town ships out a large percentage of the world’s seaborne iron ore trade.
The BHP Port and massive ore carting ships can be seen from Marapikurrinya Park on Richardson Street in town. The park is a nice place to relax with plenty of well maintained grass, shelters, toilets, barbeques and playground. It’s a great location to take the family for a picnic and watch the ships in action. Shipping movement times can be obtained from the Visitor Centre on Wedge Street.
The BHP Iron Ore Hub
appearing so prominent on the way into town can best be viewed from closer to the coast. There is a pathway along Sutherland Street which allows a clear view of the operation.
Spoil Bank located off Sutherland Street along the coast provides views of the Port across the water and has a designated freestyle jet-ski area on the western side. Be aware the spoil bank is subject to flooding at high tide and may be cut off from the shore preventing a safe return. The beaches around the bank are also good for fishing and dogs are permitted.
Port Hedland Community Park
on Lukis Street is a very inviting park overlooking the ocean. Palm trees tower over the neat grassed area with free gas barbeques, sheltered picnic tables and toilets. The lookout provides close up views of the rocky coastline apparent in the area.
Past the community park is Cemetery Beach where dogs are permitted and fishing is common. Below the Hedland Hotel is the best spot for catching Salmon and heavy line is recommended. Note four-wheel drives and bikes are prohibited on this beach.
Pretty Pool is located 8km from town via Styles Road and Matheson Drive. The tidal inlet sees water gushing in from the ocean to form the pool in which swimming and fishing are popular activities. Cod, Bream and Sharks are caught around the creek mouth and crabs around the mangroves. Note poisonous stonefish can be present around the rocky reef so avoid that area or wear appropriate footwear.
A lovely park set amongst palm trees overlooks Pretty Pool and provides the necessary facilities for a relaxing afternoon, including picnic shelters, barbeques, playground, toilets and of course the view. With the option for swimming and fishing below it’s the perfect park to enjoy a day out with family.
Port Hedland is a pleasantly surprising town. It’s not just all about the Iron Ore industry and big business. There’s plenty of coast to enjoy and the neat, tidy town is friendly and inviting.
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Destinations in Western Australia
Cape Le Grand
Cape Range National Park
Eighty Mile Beach
Fitzgerald River National Park
Gibb River Road
Kalbarri National Park
Kennedy Range National Park
Porongurup National Park
Port Denison Dongara
Torndirrup National Park
Wellington National Park
William Bay National Park
Return from Port Hedland to Western Australia