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Port Hedland

Famous for its big game fishing, Port Hedland is a vibrant, industrial centre. Caravanners stop by for the barramundi, the indigenous history, and Staircase to the Moon. One of the best places in Australia to catch this spectacle, stay at Discovery Parks - Port Hedland when creating your holiday. There's art, there's an unbeatable landscape, and there are turtles!


True to its name, Pretty Pool is a lovely grassed area with an extaordinary view of the Indian Ocean and mangroves. Spend a few hours basking in the sunshine and take advantage of what this space has to offer. There is plenty of space to spread a blanket for a picnic lunch and children can run around the playground. Watching the speed of the tide going out is a sight not to miss. Some enjoy swimming here, but go forth at your own risk - there are crocs about. 

Discovery Parks have been proud sponsors of Care for Hedland, a conservation group that looks after the turtles on the beaches of Port Hedland. From October to March each year, flatback sea turtles paddle to the shore nesting their eggs. The grand finale is what we're most excited for: watching the babies hatch from their eggs, only a few metres away from where you stand!

Land-based and offshore fishing are on the agenda for anglers setting out for the Port. If you like to keep two feet on solid ground when casting a line, head out for threadfin salmon at West Creek on Finucane Island or go for mangrove jack and barramundi at Four Mile Creek. Like the way of the water? Drive out on a small boat Weerdee Island for queenfish and Minilya Bank for trevally. There are some creeks you may need a 4WD to get to, but otherwise these spots are easy to access. 

Showcasing works from local, regional and national artists, the gallery is a cultural hotspot in the Pilbara. The gallery features new exhibitions seasonally, including: jewellery, indigenous art, and photography. Four times a year, this space also is home to the West End Markets. Plan ahead to experience the biggest maker's market and cultural hub of the Pilbara. 

It's a phenomenon that you have to plan at exactly the right time to witness. Two to three days a month, this is a naturally occurring illusion that looks as though there are stairs rising up over the ocean to the moon. Between March and October, sit down with a glass of Chardonnay and watch the moon in all of its splendour.