Port Hedland Visitor Centre
Unravel the secrets of Port Hedland and you will find a town rich in cultural heritage, many of whose people still respect traditional Aboriginal law and culture, combined with the dramatic expanse of large-scale industry, set to a rugged backdrop of natural Pilbara beauty.
Port Hedland was established in 1896 on Kariyarra country on the Pilbara coast, 1765km north west of Perth, 242km from Karratha and 612km from Broome. Today there are two main residential and business centres, Port Hedland (located on the coast) and South Hedland (13 km inland). The population of Port Hedland today is approximately 16,000 people who live in the main residential areas, as well as the industrial area Wedgefield, and surrounding pastoral stations and Indigenous communities.