Port Hedland Ports

Port Hedland is a major iron ore exporting port in the Pilbara region of Western Australia located on the traditional lands of the Kariyarra people.

Port Hedland at a glance

The port was heavily developed in the 1960s, when Mount Goldsworthy Mining Associates, later acquired by BHP, dredged an approach channel and turning basin for ships. It has 15 berths capable of handling ships between 25,000 DWT and 320,000 DWT. In 2020, we began exploring options to increase our export capacity at Port Hedland Ports. The ports are linked to a number of our mines in the Pilbara region, including Newman, Mining Area C, Yandi and Jimblebar.

1960sThe port was developed in the 1960s.
2,980In 2022, BHP produced 257 million tonnes of iron ore, enough to make the steel for around 2,980 Sydney Harbour Bridges. 
2.5kmOur iron ore trains are over 2.5km (264 ore cars) long.

Port Hedland is one of the largest iron ore loading ports in the world and the largest in Australia. Port Hedland is one of three major iron ore ports in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. 


Iron Ore

Iron ore is integral to the steel-making process and one of the most sought after commodities in the world.


Local Indigenous business awarded cleaning contract

Local Hedland Indigenous business, Boodarie Contracting, has been awarded a contract for cleaning services in the West End of Port Hedland.