Port Hedland Things to Do
The iron ore trains come into town daily with raw unprocessed iron ore from the mines further out. They can haul up to 336 carriages (known as cars) and usually have between 2 and 6 engines haulling the entire train that can be up to 3 kilometres long. It can take up to 20 minutes for the train to pass through a crossing.more
Follow the tide out at a walking pace. As the water receeds, huge pools are formed and the fish that wern't fast enough to make it out through the narrow necks to open water are trapped. For beginners, you have a better than even chance of catching a whiting or two for dinner. I don't eat fish but I've heard they make a tasty meal. Bream and...more
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The food here is great...most of the Jap places i go to in Regional WA have no idea about japanese!! But this place does...and it is very surprising coming from South Hedland!! i even took some freinds that had just moved to South Hedalnd there and one of them is the FUSSIEST eater you'll ever meet and he ate all the food i ordered!! They have both...more
I didnt wrrite about the first experience of "The Nade" as is was completely CRAP!!! both food and service..we waited over and hour for our food was and it was crap!! So when my friends in hedland suggested we go again i was VERY cautious!! however im willing to give everything a 2nd chance!! I found out that the Nade has new owners and a new...more
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Port Hedland Nightlife
If you've got kids with you or are just looking for something different, go to the Cooke Point Beach after dark when the tide is out. It's a great way to escape the heat and you'll find thousands of these crabs emerging from their holes for a spot of feeding.If you're quiet, you can get close enough to get a pretty decent photo. I think I may have...more
One of the few places in the world where this phenonomen happens and it only occurs for a few months of the year. The tide must be low, the sun must have set and the moon must not have risen yet.Find a good spot where you'll get a clear view of where the moon will rise across a clear tidal flat. Just as the moon rises, it's reflection will bounce...more
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Port Hedland Off The Beaten Path
At the entrance to the light industrial area of Port Hedland called Wedgefield is another of Australia's "Big Things" but you wont find it on most of the Big Things maps of Australia. It's made from the wheels and tray of a mining truck. Probably a little big for your average backyard wheelbarrow job though!
You'll drive right past it on the way from Karratha to Port Hedland on the Northwest Coastal Highway.
If you're coming from Broome, you'll need to keep driving south towards Karratha and you'll see it on the right.Related to:
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Favorite thing: Port Hedland is a working mining town producing mainly Iron Ore. However, it's also a major player in the salt mining industry. The salt here is said to be the purest form in the world with no chemicals used in it's production. It's highly sought after for use in industrial and chemical applications. It's even used in off shore drilling operations to fill caverns under the sea floor which are being drilled through. Filling the cabin with salt prevents the very expensive drill tips ($250,000 each) from bending and snapping.
The salt mound here is only about half it's normal size. You can just see a salt truck in front of the mound. These trucks are working round the clock, taking salt from the mound to the port.
Look at my other photo to get an idea of how big the truck is (it's taken from the passenger seat of a standard car), then compare it to the mound. Can you feel your arteries hardening just looking at it?
You'll drive past it coming in from Broome on the main highway.Related to:
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