29 Jan 2016
Chase a new adventure and try these Port Hedland attractions
From off-road four wheel driving, to coastal walking trails and endless fishing hot spots, Port Hedland attractions are seeing outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers take advantage of this undiscovered Pilbara treasure.
Depending on your sense of adventure, we have plent of things to do in Port Hedland to match all travellers.
Things to do in Port Hedland: For the Off-Road Adventurer
Kicking this off is the Port Hedland to Marble Bar 4WD trail (203km). Start your adventure with a trip to Pretty Pool and admire the flourishing mangroves and awe-inspiring sea turtle hatchlings (which takes place from December to April). The best time to go is before the end of March, so stay close to the action at Discovery Parks - Port Hedland. The park is a hop, skip and jump from Pretty Pool and makes a convenient base while you go exploring.
Once you hit the road, look around for a moment to enjoy the diverse landscapes of the Pilbara region on your way down to Marble Bar and be sure to check your 4WD’s suspension as you venture across the temperamental Shaw River crossing.
Arriving into what is considered to be Australia’s hottest town (Marble Bar), cool off with a dip in Chinaman’s Pool and spend the afternoon exploring the colourful rock face between Coppins Gap and Doolena Gorge.
Things to do in Port Hedland: For the Quiet Wanderer
Reef Walks run by Care for Hedland offer a great opportunity to discover Port Hedland’s coastline. Shell collectors, reef walkers and photography enthusiasts can literally step into Port Hedland’s rich ecosystem and with a watchful eye, spot the occasional whale and bottlenose dolphin. Visitors can also except to see flat back turtles which are unique to the region along with a labyrinth of mangroves home to an abundance of fish species, bird life and salt tolerant vegetation.
Just make sure to wear shoes you’re not afraid to get a little bit wet!
Between March and October, the Pilbara Wildflowers Trail is in full bloom and is a spectacular time of year for vibrant wildflower viewing. With so much unexplored land, it’s no surprise that there have been discoveries of new water lilies and other plants in WA’s north, so keep your eyes peeled to see if you spot a rare flower or maybe even discover something new.
Make an adventure out of it and see if you can spot Sturt’s desert pea, Mulla Mulla and the tall and colourful Ashburton pea in full bloom as well as 65 species of acacia (wattle).
Things to do in Port Hedland: For the Fishing Fanatic
Once the summer months have passed, it’s a great time to grab your fishing rod and take advantage of the wide variety of fishing opportunities around Port Hedland. For land fishers, a small number of fish can be caught in the Port Hedland harbour and is best enjoyed at sunset where a bustling port meets a golden horizon. If you’re looking to up the ante, big game fishing is popular with locals in the Eighty Mile Beach area. Marlin, sailfish and mackerel species are all known to populate the waters and is the perfect excuse to try your hand at deep-sea fishing.
Choose your outdoor adventure and book your site or cabin at Discovery Parks - Port Hedland.