Cruises from Port Hedland
Located in the dry coastal sand plain of the Pilbara region in NW Australia, Port Hedland is the highest tonnage port in Australia. This deep natural anchorage, accommodating ships over 250,000 DWT, is the focal point of a rail network from four major iron ore deposits. On 1 August 2001 a 7·3 km train of 682 wagons hauled by eight locomotives conveyed 82000 wet tonnes of iron ore to the port; but the usual sight to see is a BHP train with 336 cars, 44,500 tonnes of iron ore, over 3 km long pulling into the town of population just 15,000. Visit the newly refurbished Port Hedland Visitor Centre, as local and regional tourism information, Wi-Fi, as well as locally made contemporary gifts and keepsakes are available.