Town of Port Hedland

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Town of Port Hedland


The Town of Port Hedland is located in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia. The Town encompasses a total land area of over 18,000 square kilometres. The Town of Port Hedland is predominantly rural, with small townships at Port Hedland and South Hedland. The Town includes significant industrial areas. Rural land is used mainly for cattle grazing.

The key employment sector in the Town of Port Hedland is mining, with the other main employment sectors being construction, transport postal and warehousing, accommodation and food services, manufacturing, retail trade and health care. The Town of Port Hedland includes Australia’s largest bulk export port, the Port of Port Hedland, as well as industrial areas around the township of Port Hedland. Iron ore mining is the main industry, with some gas and salt production. The main retail areas are Port Hedland Boulevard shopping centre, Port Plaza Arcade and South Hedland Square shopping centre. Health care facilities are provided at Hedland Health Campus and Wirraka Maya Health Service in South Hedland.

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NOTE: The land use shown in the map is derived from ABS Mesh Block categories. Mesh Blocks broadly identify land use and are not designed to provide definitive land use. It is purely an indicator of the main planned land use for a Mesh Blocks. For more information please refer to ABS Mesh Block categories.

Transportation Networks

  • Great Northern Highway
  • North West Coastal Highway
  • Port of Port Hedland
  • Port Hedland International Airport


  • Perth CBD 1,800km
  • Darwin CBD 2,400km

Major Industrial Precincts

  • BHP Billiton Nelson Point Operations
  • Boodarie Strategic Industrial Area
  • Dampier Salt (Port Hedland)
  • Kingsford Smith Business Park
  • Wedgefield Industrial Area
  • Port of Port Hedland

Town of Port Hedland

economic profile