Port Hedland - Western Australia, Australia

Location of Port Hedland, Western Australia

Location of Port Hedland,
Western Australia
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The town of Port Hedland is located in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia, approximately 1630km north of Perth. These images were acquired from the Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper sensor. True and false colour images for both a recent (2010), and an older (1987) scene are available below in high resolution JPEG format.

For acquisition of full resolution files see the Earth Observation Catalogue, or contact earth.observation@ga.gov.au

Port Port

In this false colour swipe comparison, urban areas appear as shades of purple and white. Sparse vegetation appears as light green to yellow, with drier areas appearing lighter. Water is displayed as dark blue to black. Port Hedland’s development over the last two decades is largely due to the growing mining industry. New residential housing can be seen in South Hedland, Wedgefield, and Port Hedland itself. New mining and industrial construction can be observed near Boodarie and Finucane, as well as an expansion of the solar salt farms to the west of town. Also notice the upgrade to the rail system that ships the iron ore from inland mines to the port.


1987 Port Hedland true colour

  • Landsat 5 TM satellite image
  • Red, green, and blue hues are representing TM band’s 3 (visible red), 2 (visible green) and 1 (visible blue) respectively
  • Image taken on 9 December 1987
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 408KB]
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2010 Port Hedland true colour

  • Landsat 5 TM satellite image
  • Red, green, and blue hues are representing TM band’s 3 (visible red), 2 (visible green) and 1 (visible blue) respectively
  • Image taken on 24 December 2010
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 384KB]
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1987 Port Hedland false colour

  • Landsat 5 TM satellite image
  • Red, green, and blue hues are representing TM band’s 7 (mid-infrared), 5 (mid-infrared) and 1 (visible blue) respectively
  • Image taken on 9 December 1987
  • 25m Resolution

In these false colour images, urban areas appear as shades of purple and white. Sparse vegetation soil appears as light green to yellow, with drier areas appearing lighter. Water is displayed as dark blue to black.

Download high resolution image [JPEG 345KB]
© Geoscience Australia

2010 Port Hedland false colour

  • Landsat 5 TM satellite image
  • Red, green, and blue hues are representing TM band’s 7 (mid-infrared), 5 (mid-infrared) and 1 (visible blue) respectively
  • Image taken on 24 December 2010
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 375KB]
© Geoscience Australia

Topic contact: earth.observation@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 27, 2011