things to do

Port Hedland

Things to Do

Port Hedland is one of the world’s largest and busiest working harbours, filled with grand, austere ships that transport hundreds of millions of tonnes of cargo each year to distant places, tracing new and old trading routes through the seas. Operations on this scale are often on a city’s outskirts, invisible as well as inaccessible. But in Port Hedland, the coming and going of ships from dusk to dawn are part of daily life and that is one of the unique qualities of this remote town on the northwest coast of Australia. In Port Hedland, anyone coming to the centre of town has a ringside seat for some of the greatest industrial drama in the Pilbara.

The community is bustling and friendly and there are plenty of things to do. You can check out all of the current and upcoming events in town on our Calendar. And for more details on specific locations and attractions visit our interactive map.

Port Hedland Experiences

Here are just a taste of the things that you can expect to experience and love on your trip to Port Hedland:

Arts and Culture

PHCG Gallery IMG 5726If you are interested in discovering the diverse identity of this region there is a wealth of cultural experiences to be had in Port Hedland.

Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery

The Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery on Edgar Street is located in the heart of the West End and has become a destination in the region, with a full and diverse year-round exhibition program featuring Indigenous artworks, national and local artists and photographers including the annual Hedland Art Awards (August). The Gallery also runs a range of art and craft workshops it's also home to retail space where you can find stylish objects, homewares, jewellery, accessories and books.

Spinifex Hill Studios

Port Hedland's only Aboriginal arts centre, the Spinifex Hill Studios in South Hedland is home to artists from skin groups across the Pilbara. What makes this centre unique is the range of art styles brought by the artists, giving depth and dimension to the final product. Visitors are welcome to pop by and watch the artists at work, and they also stock an extensive collection of artwork available for sale. 

Dalgety House Museum + Don Rhodes Mining Museum

Dalgety House on Wedge Street was the original Dalgety & Co manager's house, and has been converted to a museum and interpretive centre run by the volunteers of the Port Hedland Historical Society. Along Wilson Street sits the Don Rhodes Mining Museum with historic mining and transport equipment and a monument to the town's Torres Strait Islander residents.

Matt Dann Theatre and Cinema

Feel like a night at the movies or the theatre, or want to catch a weekend matinee with the kids? Perhaps you'd like to take in a contemporary music or dance performance, or some stand-up comedy? The Matt Dann Theatre and Cinema is the hub of Hedland's performing art scene with an annual calendar of vibrant stage shows and movies to suit all ages.

C3 Gallery

There are some other great places to go and see if art and culture are your thing. In South Hedland you can find the C3 Gallery where well known artists and town pastor David Hooper has converted a Church Hall into a modern gallery space featuring work from local artists. 

Urban Street Art

Take a walk through Port Hedland Historic West End to discover some awesome urban artworks by Creepy, Phibbs, Tim Rollin' and Ryan Boserio which bring the street to life.

Coastal Experiences

Sunsets in Port Hedland, WA

On the coast, tides which range from half a metre to eight metres create fine fishing spots and great opportunities for shell collectors, reef walkers and photographers. Several coastal public parks are linked by pathways so you can walk or ride your bikes while admiring the view.

Fishing is a renowned activity in Port Hedland, whether by boat, off the rocks, public jetty or along the beaches and spoil bank. A wide variety of fish such as bream, whiting, mullet, kingfish and skippy can be caught in a number of habitats. A large population of juicy mud crabs live in the dense mangroves vegetated with samphires and other salt-tolerant plants.

Tides fluctuate from half a metre to seven metres, with beaches ranging from sand to rock and flourishing mangrove, the most popular swimming beach is Pretty Pool Beach and the town also offers plenty of public pool and water park amenities. Birdlife is abundant along the beaches and in the tidal creeks.

Care for Hedland run Reef Walks which provide a great opportunity to get in amongst Port Hedland's natural environment. Contact the centre to For other coastal adventures, picnics or beach fishing it is worth visiting Finucane Island, Cemetery Beach, Six Mile and the Spoilbank.

Community Activities and Events

West End Markets SHADepending on what time of year you come and visit, there are always many various community events that you can get involve in.

West End Markets

Hedland's only dedicated maker's markets attracts around 50 stallholders selling an array of locally handmade items including adult and children's clothing, textile, artwork, jewellery and homewares. Held in the shady gardens of the Courthouse Gallery, market-goers are treated to live music, roving street performers and an array of delicious market foods in an outdoor food court. The West End Markets are held in April, June, August and October off Edgar Street, Port Hedland.

Port Hedland Yacht Club Markets

Held on the first Sunday of each month, these markets are set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Indian Ocean and the world's largest export tonnage port. Browse products from local makers and suppliers, and enjoy a big breakfast by the ocean. The yacht club also has a large kids playground so is the perfect family-friendly activity.

Port Hedland Racing Season

Like most other things in Port Hedland, racing season is big! Each winter the season kicks off with Family Day and other meets, but Ladies Day (July) and Hedland Cup (first Sunday in August) are the best excuse to get frocked up (hat, heels, the works) and enjoy a glass of bubbly trackside. 

West End Movies

Enjoy a free movie under the stars in the Courthouse Gallery Gardens. Kick back in a vintage-style deckchair and enjoy a live acoustic performance before the film. No food or beverages are served at this event, however patrons are more than welcome to bring their own picnic basket of nibbles and refreshments, as well as their own chairs or rugs. Visit www.whatsonhedland.com.au to for dates and movie titles.

Silver Star Cafe

It is also worth checking out the Silver Star Cafe in the West End. This iconic cafe and restaurant is housed inside a silver 1920s rail carriage. Through the 1960s to 80s the carriage travelled between Port Hedland and Newman servicing dignitaries and community members travelling between Mt Newman Mining's (now BHP Billiton) sites. Now in its new home in the West End, you can expect to find a great cup of coffee, delectable cakes and sweets and a tasty breakfast, lunch and dinner menu.

Header image and Coastal Experiences image by Simon Phelps