Port Hedland is a dynamic town in Western Australia's Pilbara region, located approximately 1,800km north of Perth.
We are home to approximately 15,000 people from diverse cultural backgrounds and cover 18,467 square kilometres. Our Traditional Custodians, the Kariyarra people, call Port Hedland Marapikurrinya for the hand shaped formation of the tidal creeks coming off the natural harbor.
Our relaxed lifestyle on the ocean provides for a variety of leisure activities. Our two main residential centres, Port and South Hedland, offer a range of community services including cultural, recreation and shopping facilities. The majority of our residents are in South Hedland, which includes a vibrant shopping district. The Wedgefield Industrial Area contains a variety of light and service industry premises; the iron ore and shipping facilities are features synonymous with our rugged landscape, along with the expanded port facilities.
We are home to the Boodarie Strategic Industrial Area, which is ideally positioned to accommodate downstream resource processing industries related to the iron ore and gas resources of the region. The Kingsford Smith Business Park will provide an important mix of uses and form an important part of Hedland's continued growth into the future. It will provide a range of lot types and sizes, encouraging a diverse mix of light and service industrial, warehousing and bulky goods commercial business opportunities.
We are proud to be Australia's largest bulk export port. The Pilbara Ports Authority recorded annual tonnage of over 7.12 million tonnes in 2019/20 with 63.8 million tonnes from Port Hedland.
Our role is well established on the national and international stage, attracting internationally prominent resource companies and contributing at a nationally recognised level to the broader Australian economy. Port Hedland International Airport provides a welcoming gateway to the Pilbara, the North West of Australia and a direct link to the world's largest bulk tonnage export port.