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Port Hedland, Australia

Port Hedland is in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. BlueScope Steel, formerly BHP Steel, is a major contributor to Port Hedland's economy.

Port Hedland is a major iron ore export location, a large amount of iron ore is shipped out of here. It is located on the North West Coast Highway between the north-west towns, and the next major location around the coast of Broome, to the northeast in the Kimberley. Long distances to travel to anywhere from here, and long trains into the port.

Port Hedland has a semi-arid climate with a tropical savanna climate influence. Port Hedland is warm to hot all year round, with mean maximum temperatures of 36.4 °C (97.5 °F) in January and 27.1 °C (80.8 °F) in July. Maximum temperatures in summer are usually moderated by a warm but humid sea breeze. Port Hedland is very sunny, receiving around 218.9 of clear... Read more

Port Hedland, Australia

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Port Hedland is in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. BlueScope Steel, formerly BHP Steel, is a major contributor to Port Hedland's economy.

Port Hedland is a major iron ore export location, a large amount of iron ore is shipped out of here. It is located on the North West Coast Highway between the north-west towns, and the next major location around the coast of Broome, to the northeast in the Kimberley. Long distances to travel to anywhere from here, and long trains into the port.

Port Hedland has a semi-arid climate with a tropical savanna climate influence. Port Hedland is warm to hot all year round, with mean maximum temperatures of 36.4 °C (97.5 °F) in January and 27.1 °C (80.8 °F) in July. Maximum temperatures in summer are usually moderated by a warm but humid sea breeze. Port Hedland is very sunny, receiving around 218.9 of clear days annually. Dewpoint in the warmer months typically ranges from 19 °C (66 °F) to 22 °C (72 °F).

Port Hedland has a flatback sea turtle rookery, located on the main beach front. Several lookouts along the beachfront path allow views of marine mammals including Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphins, and Australian snubfin dolphins.
The Port Hedland Saltworks Important Bird Area is a 103 km2 tract of originally intertidal land, now containing a saltern, about 20 km east of the port of Port Hedland. The site regularly supports over 1% of the world populations of red-necked stints and sharp-tailed sandpipers, as well as a population of the range-restricted dusky gerygone. Species that have strongly declined since the 1980s are broad-billed sandpipers, Asian dowitchers, curlew sandpipers, red-necked avocets, banded stilts, Oriental plovers, Oriental pratincoles and white-winged black terns. Other species present include Australian bustards, bush stone-curlews, western bowerbirds, painted finches and canary white-eyes.


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Port Hedland, Australia: Port Information


The port is located within approximately 1 km of the center of Port Hedland.
Shuttle service is provided.

Get around Port Hedland, Australia


You can take a bus or a taxi to explore the town and its surroundings. 
Besides, there are walking tours around the historic sites of this port. 

What to see in Port Hedland, Australia


Port Hedland is a port town heavily geared to supporting the resources sector and has few tourist attractions. The website of the Port Hedland Visitor's Centre states that they offer tours of the local BHP iron ore loading facilities. The town also has several small art galleries.

Due to the large tidal range in the area (up to 7m in Spring Tides), Port Hedland has many mangrove lined tidal creeks around town that present excellent fishing and crabbing opportunities.
 

What to do in Port Hedland, Australia


The Port Hedland visitors center should be contacted to see what tours are operating as it may be possible to tour both BHP and FMG's Port Operations.

What to eat and drink in Port Hedland, Australia


Due to the large influx of workers and a shortage of places to eat in town, unfortunately, prices to eat out have been greatly increased.

Shopping in Port Hedland, Australia


There's a shopping mall, an art gallery, a couple of coffee shops, a supermarket, and several small stores to buy clothes, accessories, souvenirs, etc.

Safety in Port Hedland, Australia


Whilst at High tide the water can easily be accessed for swimming and the beaches quite inviting, visitors must be cautious as Saltwater Crocodiles and Sharks are frequently spotted. In the hotter months when the water warms up a number of dangerous marine creatures including stonefish, blue ring octopus and box jellyfish are also present.

Language spoken in Port Hedland, Australia


English is the main language. 

LOCAL TIME

8:21 pm
May 25, 2020
Australia/Perth

CURRENT WEATHER

22 °C / 71.6 °F
broken clouds
Tue

25.4 °C/78 °F
sky is clear
Wed

25.33 °C/78 °F
sky is clear
Thu

24.75 °C/77 °F
sky is clear
Fri

24.78 °C/77 °F
light rain

LOCAL CURRENCY

AUD

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