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Things to do in Port Hedland

Situated on WA’s north coast between Karratha and Broome, Port Hedland is the gateway to Australia’s iron ore industry and a town rich in cultural heritage and rugged natural beauty.

Bordered by mangroves and beaches thriving with fish, turtles, whales, and other awe-inspiring marine life, the town is also a prime spot for watching the ‘Staircase to the Moon’ phenomenon that occurs from March – October every year.

Whether you’re here on business or just passing through the Pilbara region, don’t miss the following Port Hedland tourist attractions when you stay with us.


Port Hedland attractions near you

We’ve put together some of our recommended things to do in Port Hedland to help you make the most of your stay. If you’d like to know more, feel free to ask one of our friendly local staff.

Port Hedland Golf Course

Fancy a round of golf? Spend a leisurely afternoon at the Port Hedland Golf Club, which also features an onsite bar and restaurant.

Open 7 days a week, visitors can hire carts and clubs to play.

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Seafarers Tour

Take in spectacular sea and harbour views on a boat tour with the Port Hedland Seafarers Centre. With ticket discounts for families and seniors, this educational tour runs regularly during the peak season of May – October.

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Port Hedland Turf Club

Scrub up and head out to enjoy the annual racing season at the Port Hedland Turf Club! From May – July, the club hosts six race meetings, including two of the Pilbara’s biggest events: Port Hedland Ladies Day and Port Hedland Cup Day.

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Turtle Monitoring

During the Port Hedland turtle season, you can witness local flatback sea turtles emerging from the beach to nest (or even hatch!)

For guided turtle viewing tours, please contact the local Care for Hedland Environmental Association who manage the turtle monitoring program.

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Dalgety House Museum

Dalgety House is a historic house museum in Port Hedland.

Explore historical artefacts and photographs that highlight the impact of white colonisation on the local Kariyarra people and talk to the local museum volunteers about days gone by.

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Staircase to the Moon

Come see the famed Staircase to the Moon in Port Hedland. This breath-taking natural phenomenon occurs between May and October in WA’s North West region, when the moon’s rays shine over the exposed sea bed at low tide.

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Don Rhodes Mining and Transport Museum

Check out the old locomotives and enjoy a BBQ at this open-air museum park. Named after the celebrated pioneer, Don Rhodes, the park pays tribute to Don’s contributions to Port Hedland’s mining and transport industries.

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Pretty Pool

A beautiful little beach surrounded by mangroves and dunes, Pretty Pool is a popular spot for swimming and fishing in Port Hedland. A lawn area with BBQ facilities, showers, and toilets is also nearby.

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Port Hedland Serge Vessels

Part of the Australian Silo Art trail, these brightly-coloured artworks are a must-see and fun photo opportunity! You’ll find them on the corner of Styles and Wilson Street.

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