Spirit 1026 Hedland Coverage Map

Port Hedland is located over 1,600 km north of Perth via the Great Northern Highway or 1,761 km via the North West Coastal highway.

Port Hedland is an important regional center in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia. Port Hedland is an industrial centre that revolves around the mining and shipping of iron ore – the port is one of the largest iron ore ports in Australia. The town is totally committed to the extraction, processing and exporting of iron ore. An iron ore crushing mill is located at Nelson Point.

The satellite town of South Hedland (18 km inland) was established due to a shortage of land above cyclonic storm surge levels adjacent to the original town site. It used to possess the state’s largest shopping complex outside the Perth metropolitan area. South Hedland is a modern centre and at the moment it houses the majority of the area’s inhabitants.

WA FM and The Spirit Radio Station Office is located in South Hedland. In comparison to the 2001 census, the population within the radio licence area of Port Hedland has decreased by 17% to 23,408. Port Hedland has a very young population; 64% of the population is aged less than 40 years. Having a young workforce the town also has a large number of young families. 37% of families (4,725) in the region have children.

The birthplace for 68% of the population was Oceania including Australian, New Zealander, Indigenous and Islander persons.

Of the 3,777 people attending an educational institution, 51% were either in infants or primary, 23% were attending a secondary educational institution, 14% attending TAFE and 11% attending University or another tertiary institution. Of the 6,243 people who already have a tertiary qualification, 25% have a degree and 75% have a certificate, diploma or another tertiary qualification. Of the total dwellings (7,383) in the Port Hedland radio licence area, 12% of dwellings are owned outright and 25% are mortgaged. Private rental properties represent 33% of total dwellings. With a large mining industry in the area, incomes in Port Hedland are generally higher than average.