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Ship spotting

Describing the size of the ships that visit Port Hedland every day doesn’t really do them justice. Ranging up to 360m long and 60m wide, it’s something you really need to experience for yourself.

The port that gives Port Hedland its name has been around since 1896, with the town’s first jetty beginning construction in this year. It was extended in 1908—and it’s safe to say things have grown exponentially since then.

These days, Port Hedland is known as the world’s largest bulk export port by tonnage, with 19 operational berths for shipping minerals, metals, and other vital resources from WA to the world. It’s an exceptionally busy place, with almost 300 ships visiting the port in April 2024 alone, which makes it an exciting place for nautical enthusiasts—or anyone who just wants to get an idea of the sheer scale of the region’s mining industry.

The nearby Marapikurrinya Park provides the perfect viewing spot. Located right at the mouth of the harbour, you’ll find a laidback foreshore park and recreation area. With green grass and a playground for the kids, it’s the perfect place to settle in for the day and watch the giant, awe-inspiring ships as they make their way slowly into port, or out to the ocean.

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At The Hedland Hotel, there’s always something exciting happening. Whether you’re looking to lounge poolside or eager to explore the vibrant offerings of Port Hedland, there’s an experience tailored to everyone’s tastes.


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