"Hedland the hole!" Port Hedland by discobunny

Port Hedland Travel Guide: 11 reviews and 26 photos

Dont bother!

Basically all i can say about Port Hedland is AVOID AVOID AVOID!

The only reason why i go 4 times a year is for work! The place is just good for a stop over if your driving to Broome! Port Hedland itself is just an industrial port with a couple of good pubs.

The Dampier Salt Works is pretty im pressive at first...then after you see it a couple of times it just becomes another rmassive sand pit (even though its salt)

South Hedland

South Hedland is the Shopping and residential area. there is South Hedland Shopping Centre but again dont bother...the place is a ***e hole!

You can also garauntee to get lost in Sth Hedland. The place is a MAZE!!! i continually got lost and kept on going around in circles ...and i was staying with a friend who lives there too!

i thought i was going crazy...i drive all over Western Australia and i can manage just one little area!

Then i was explained the South Hedland Story!

Apparently the designer who planned South Hedland was a hippy who designed it so it looked like a rose form the air. She also designed it so that everyone could walk everywhere..th eonly probelm is its so HOT no one walks anywhere! After it was developed she slit her wrists and commited suicide!


Koombana the "suburb" of South Hedland where my friends live is the worst..i was getting lost everyday! Apparently there is an urban myth that a bus load of Japanese tourists went to South Hedland Shopping centre and went for a walk through Koombana and got lost for 2 hours!! The only good thing about South Hedland is the kick arse Japanese resturant!

  • Last visit to Port Hedland: Dec 2005
  • Intro Written Apr 8, 2006
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  • Dec 3, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Hedland is a microcosm of average Aussie society, admittedly skewered towards the red neck racist end - cashed-up bogans galore! Mix a truck-full of dim-witted tradies cum "miners" (failed over East, running from the law, or both), with a handful of proud idylistic sandgropers & below-the-poverty-line living locals & "boom-time", welcome to the Pilbara Playground! (The people living out back of South Hedland shopping Centre don't have access to clean water, nevermind shelter, - but, wow, we're getting a brand new water park for the town to enjoy!) Hedland is a circus filled with diesel fitters & grease monkeys, drug trafficking, packet-sluts, sexploitation of migrants (Asian wives) & children. The Council's corrupt, as are many of the Government pencil-pushers, the cops are on the take (just think back to Pace & Henley running the hoes on the go between Perth & Hedland - did you really believe it stopped with these two, crooked-as-a-dogs-hind-leg, corrupt to the core, the sides of a circle are always bent?); and the great divide between the haves & have-nots continues to widen - despite (or because of) the Fed's Close-the-Gap campaign.

  • Jan 17, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    your attitude stinks.This town would have been nice to your friend financially.that is what this town does.it is the 3rd biggest exporter tonnage wise in the world. without a place like this, you would not have cars, planes, ect.

  • Jan 31, 2010 at 4:06 AM

    We love Port Hedland. We travelled around Australia stopped here to work. See the Iron Ore ships, Mine tour, Flat Back turtles, Salt pile, Pretty Pool/Beach, great fishing and crabbing. South Hedland is a maze but so are Canberra, Leeton & Griffith.

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    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:07 PM

    Well at least the place has decent restaurants! I'm goin to rate your tips cos they're useful even though you don't care about ratings. :) Lesley

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    Dec 21, 2007 at 7:22 PM

    Sorry I missed this sorry town.

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    Jul 12, 2007 at 9:07 AM

    When I lived in Pt Hedland (don't ask!) all there was at Sth H was the newly opened pub and if you'd asked for food at the Esplanade they would probably have thrown you out! Ah, the good old days! leyle

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    Jul 11, 2007 at 4:47 AM

    i now got saliva

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    Mar 21, 2007 at 3:59 AM

    Huge chicken breasts 'eh?

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    Jan 23, 2007 at 4:14 AM

    there is something strangely appealing about the idea of Port hedland - it sounds so vile it must by great - look like a rose from the air, eh

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