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Hop onto a 45 minute guided tour of BHP's Nelson Point facility to watch the bucket wheel reclaimers and ship loaders that dominate Port Hedland’s horizon and gain an understanding of how the mining industry works.

BHP's operations cover a complex integrated system of seven inland mining operations, more than 1,000km of rail, stockyards and two separate port facilities through which iron ore churns like lifeblood 24/7.

Iron ore is a major component in many modern office towers, including iconic structures around the world.

It is also used extensively in motor vehicles, washing machines, refrigerators, ovens and other whitegoods.

The tour provides an insight into the workings of this incredible industry, which is buoying our national economy: from the trains that transport the ore from Newman to Port Hedland to enormous bucket wheel reclaimers to the impressive workings of the conveyors and ship loaders as they load their multi-million dollar cargo onto ships bound for developing countries around the world. Details: Tracing the local cultural heritage of this most unusual town, the bus tour will follow the footsteps of the first European settlers by visiting the town’s heritage sites.

Led by local historian and life-long resident Julie Arif, this tour offers the opportunity to learn the human face to a town far-more diverse than it may first appear; from the commemorative lookout honouring the sinking of the SS Koombana more than one hundred years ago to the multi-cultural heritage and Indigenous links to the community both historic and today.

Join local residents for a cuppa and learn about a different side of Hedland - the community, camaraderie and funny stories that make Hedland home.

This is the perfect activity for locals and visitors, and is an opportunity to meet new people and build friendships which the Pilbara is famous for.

Port Hedland's West End is home to some of the best street art in the region, completed by artists such as Yok and Sheryo, Saner and Hayley Welsh.

Street art enthusiasts can pick up a copy of the street art map from the Visitors Centre or Courthouse Gallery and spend an afternoon exploring the alleyways and streets of the West End.

Some are obvious, and some require a little bit of adventure!

If you prefer to explore at your own pace, pick up a copy of the Visitor Centre's Cultural and Heritage Trail guide which will take you around the West End and the historic sites such as Banger's Bungalow and the Old Nurses Medical Quarters (both now utilised as an office and a Dome Cafe, respectively).

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