South Hedland

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.

Map of South Hedland from the air. Like much of the Pilbara, the presence of iron ore makes the ground red. Click the map to enlage it, and move it north to see Port Hedland and the harbour, or north east to see the airport and the massive salt processing operations from above.

South Hedland fast facts

Postcode: 6722

Population: around 9,000

Median house price: $660,000 (June 2010)

Distance from Perth: 1,632km

Average max temperature: 33.2 C