Planning Your Trip

Before you leave to travel to Port Hedland, visit Australia’s North West and Port Hedland Visitors Centre websites for information on what to see and do.

The Port Hedland Visitors Centre has compiled two useful brochures to help visitors choose what they would like to do. You can download the pdfs here:

The Kimberley and Pilbara Holiday Planner produced by Australia’s North West is an interactive online brochure filled with useful tourist information. Click here to view it online.

Parts of Pilbara require a high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicle; if you are driving, please check with the Kimberley & Pilbara’s local visitors centres for maps and road safety information before you leave.

Highlights of the Pilbara you won’t want to miss

  • Port Hedland and the North West Festival of course!
  • Karijini National Park – gorges, forest, colourful rock formations, plunging waterfalls, unforgettable swimming holes and the untouched beauty of this ancient land will take your breath away. Allow two nights or more
  • Dampier Archipelago – cruise the islands, fishing, snorkeling
  • Millstream Charter – Beautiful Four-wheel drive required
  • Point Samson – A stunning scenic coast settlement 2.5 hrs drive from Port Hedland, Point Samson is perfect for a walk on the beautiful beach, a picnic or a barbecue.
  • Cossack – Just 6km south from Point Samson is the small town of Cossack. Once a thriving settlement in the 1800s as the North West’s first port for the pastoral and pearling industries, the now ghost town boasts beautiful restored historic buildings and heritage trails, and offers a fantastic insight into the hardships and successes of the first settlers. View hand-painted artwork by local Indigenous artists or work of artists from around the country at the Cossack Art Awards held every August in the Bond Store.

For things to do in Port Hedland, head to our Port Hedland Highlights page.