Port Hedland is the gateway to the Pilbara and there’s lots to explore. Set up camp at the Port Hedland RV Stop – previously known as Port Hedland Racecourse.
This free short term self-contained vehicle parking area is provided by the Town of Port Hedland Council just north of the town oval. Whilst the dump point remains at the west end of McGregor Street, access to the RV Stop has changed in 2022 to the east end, by the skate park and is well-signposted.
This very busy site has a three day limit and is within walking distance to local amenities and a short drive from the town centre. Though unpowered, it offers drinking water, a dump point and pets are permitted on lead.
A caretaker on site who keeps check on the 72 hour rule, also asks if travellers will complete an expenditure questionnaire. The survey includes questions such as how long you stayed, if you participated in any tours, your approximate expenditure, if you visited the Information Centre, etc and a place for comments. Council is aware that travellers really support the town and the survey information helps them keep sites like these open as well as plan for the future.
Operating from May to September, this site will close when cyclone season approaches as it does not have anchors for securing vehicles. Find it in the CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE App and your Camps 11. Suitable for self contained RVs only.
Port Hedland Golf Club is 17 km south of Port Hedland. Site 536 in Camps 11, it has power enough for three caravans at a time only. They are in the area on the left near the trees (pictured). The club offers camping for all vehicles including big rigs, showers, toilets, drinking water and permits furry friends.
It’s not far from Blackrock Tourist Park in South Hedland either, if you are looking for more facilities or to cool off in a swimming pool.
Discovery Holiday Parks in Port Hedland sits on the eastern shore with facilities such as BBQ, camp kitchen and views of the ocean. You’ll find it in Parks 6.
All the sites are in the CAMPS App and the new book set with separate state by state guides, CAMPS Pendium.
What to see and do?
Drop into the Visitor Information Centre for ideas and pamphlets. There’s a rich cultural heritage here, along with nature experiences and industry in and around the harbour.
Off the coast of Port Hedland you can see whales, bottlenose dolphins and sharks. From October to March the beaches become home to hundreds of Flatback Turtles as they hatch their younglings.
Uncover history with one of the mining, town or history tours. Wander through the art galleries in Port and South Hedland, there’s lots to do here.
Visit the museum or park at Koombana lookout and take in the views of the ships on the horizon as they come into Port. You can fish anywhere along the coastline or off the public jetty. Walk on the reef (with suitable footwear!) at low tide and explore the sea life among the rocks.
Head to Marapikurrinya Park where you’ll get a view of the giant ships moving in and out of the harbour, or watch the massive iron ore trains arrive from the Redbank Bridge Lookout, which can be up to 2.8 kms long.