Port Hedland is located some 1,660 km. North of Perth via the Great Northern Highway or 1,761 Km. via the North West Coastal highway and is an important regional center in the north of Western Australia. First gazetted in 1896 the port has been a vital gateway for supplies to the pastoral “stations” and the early gold mines around Marble Bar when goods were shipped in from Fremantle by coastal steamer.
Now with a population of over 14,000 “the port” is one of the world’s highest tonnage ports shipping more than 50 million tons of high-grade iron ore from its giant loading terminal each year. Visitors can see the impressive loading facilities on tours departing from the tourist bureau every weekday.
Port Hedland is on the popular self-drive tourist route between Perth and Darwin and is served by regional flights.