Port Hedland Airport (PHE)
Port Hedland International Airport is on the Great North Highway, about 10 kilometres from the city’s centre. It is a public airport, owned by the Town of Port Hedland Council, and is just outside Australia’s top 20 busiest airports by revenue passengers.
Car Hire & Transport
Car hire is available at the airport from Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Hertz, Europcar and Raw Hire. There are also three taxi operators serving Port Hedland International: Carlindie Cabs, Hedland Taxis and South Hedland Taxis. There is a taxi zone in the short-term car park for pick-ups and drop-offs. The short-term car park, just south of the terminal, has free parking for the first half-hour. There is also a long-term parking area, with the daily rate getting a ten per cent discount after stays of a week or longer. The airport also has a licenced eatery, The Airport Cafe.
One of the major attractions seen in certain parts of Australia’s north-west is the Staircase to the Moon phenomenon, observable on the coast on full moons between March and October. The natural spectacle is caused by reflection of the rising moon at low tide off the mud flats has to be viewed in person to be appreciated, and the best spot to do so in Port Hedland is next to the Cooke Point Caravan Park. Another must-see local attraction is the BHP Billiton Iron Ore Tour. The 45-minute guided bus adventure (which runs on Tuesday and Thursdays) is booked through the local Visitors Centre, and gives participants a look at one of the key contributors to the nation’s prosperity.
Port Headland Weather
Port Hedland’s climate is warm/hot, with average maximum and average minimum temperatures of 36.4 and 25.6 degrees Celsius in January, and 27.1 and 12.3 in July.
The most popular flight route from the airport is to Perth. Port Hedland Airport is served by Airnorth (Karratha and Broome airports), Qantas (Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane), Virgin (Perth) and Skywest (Broome, Geraldton and Indonesia’s Denpasar).