Port Hedland is situated on the northwest coast of Western Australia (20°19’S, 118°34’E). Port and South Hedland combined (Hedland) are one of several significant townships found in the Pilbara region.
The port of Port Hedland is Australia’s largest bulk-tonnage port and the largest iron ore export port in the world. The Hedland township has experienced rapid urban and industrial development in the last 40 years following the mining boom and supports a growing population of 19 000 people that is estimated to double by 2025.
The town and surrounding Pilbara region represents an ancient landscape holding some of the oldest geological examples in the world. The area experiences a harsh climate of arid-tropical conditions across many habitats from coastal to semi-arid and desert ecosystems.
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Being a coastal township, the Hedland environment includes marine and estuarine ecosystems as well as semi-arid landscapes all of which nurture an array of native species.
Coastal environments of the town comprise diverse habitats of mudflats, mangroves, sandy islands, coastal dunes and beaches. Slightly inland, the landscape changes dramatically displaying dry, broad, sandy plains, supporting a range of drought-tolerant vegetation. Some of the diverse flora and fauna you might see while in Hedland:
Marine Life: Turtles, sharks, whales, dolphins, fish, crocodiles, octopus, crabs, sponges and urchins.
Birdlife: Waterbirds, birds of prey and bushbirds all congregate in areas around the township including: Sea eagles, osprey, Brahamny kites, oyster catchers, cormorants, gulls, pelicans wrens, honey-eaters, rainbow bee-eaters, finches, willie-wagtails corellas, ravens and magpi-larks.