South Hedland, WA, is at the centre of the vibrant iron ore industry in the Pilbara region. A suburb of nearby Port Hedland, South Hedland was established in the 1970s when Port Hedland ran out of suitable space for housing.
South Hedland is a mainly residential area which services the iron ore and salt processing industries in the area. The world's insatiable demand for iron ore has made Port Hedland the busiest port in Australia, and one of the busiest mineral ports in the world.
As a residential centre, the town has facilities for families such as shopping, schools, day care, cinemas, aquatic centre, and some motel-style accommodation. The town centre is currently undergoing a major $23 million revamp with the assistance of the WA Government's Royalties for Regions scheme. The improvements will include a new main street around a new town square, better roads and footpaths, and a release of large development blocks by Landcorp to allow for further growth in the South Hedland population along with new commercial and retail space.