WAtch the trains glide

iron ore trains

Port Hedland is a mining town, known for its red dirt and bustling port. But there’s something truly special about seeing the mammoth iron ore trains pull their cargo into town.

The large, bulky engines that roar along the tracks, caked in red dust, are some of the longest and heaviest trains in the world. Stretching for almost 3km from start to finish, they can take almost seven minutes to pass you by.

Seeing these gargantuan machines in action is one of the more special Port Hedland things to do.

The best place to watch the iron ore trains is at Redbank Bridge Lookout. Here, a special viewing platform has been set up, allowing you to get up to a close distance to watch the trains as they pass, giving you the chance to understand the sheer scale of their cargo.

While there’s no set timetable, they do roll through reasonably often. And with barbecue facilities, shaded seating, interpretive signage, plus fantastic views out over the Saltworks, it’s a place that’s likely to become a core Port Hedland memory.

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