Port Hedland has been the centre of a thriving iron-ore industry with a natural harbour that handles the largest tonnage of any port in Australia. Though renowned for its massive resource industry, long trains, big ships and salt piles, the port town is just as rich in pristine beaches and mangroves, which are home to an abundance of fish and other wildlife. Much of the population resides in the satellite town of South Hedland. Take time to explore this modern port town visit the 26-metre high Town Observation Tower for an exceptional view.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
Wander along Cooke Point and witness the breathtaking Staircase to the Moon between May and October. This natural phenomenon is caused by the rising of a full moon reflecting on the exposed mud flats at extremely low tide - creating a beautiful optical illusion of a staircase reaching up to the moon.
The town's ideal location provides for a variety of aquatic leisure activities including superb fishing. Port Hedland is an angler's paradise where a wide variety of fish such as bream, whiting, mullet, kingfish and skippy can be caught in a number of habitats. A large population of juicy mud crabs live in the dense mangroves vegetated with samphire and other salt-tolerant plants. Further south of Port Hedland is Point Samson and the tropical islands of the Dampier Archipelago, both hot spots for game and recreational fishing.
The Australian dollar (AUD) is the official currency of Australia. Many shops and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember that Value Added Tax is added to most purchases.
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