Western Australia

Port Hedland in perfect tune for North West Festival

The edge of the world ... Port Hedland
Where land meets sea … Port Hedland

The North West Festival is kicking off on Saturday, 24th August in Port Hedland, and with average August temperatures between 28 and 31 degrees, it is the perfect escape for anyone needing a dose of warm sunshine.

The huge line up at this year’s North West Festival line up includes Paul Kelly, Bernard Fanning, 360, Grinspoon, The Black Seeds, Bluejuice, Abbe May and Vance Joy.

Sunset Events Managing Director David Chitty said that the North West Festival is set to be bigger and better than last year and is a great reason to get some friends together for a trip to the North West region of the state.

“It’s the remote location of the North West Festival – incredible artists performing in the middle of the Pilbara – that makes the event so good.”

Town of Port Hedland CEO Mal Osborne said that there were many must-see attractions for visitors to the North West Festival, as well as an opportunity to discover the region’s rich cultural history.

You won't believe your eyes ... Staircase to the moon
You won’t believe your eyes … The Staircase to the Moon

“The natural phenomenon of the Staircase to the Moon that only occurs in the North West of Australia – where the reflection of the full moon caught in the natural water pockets of the sand ripples at low tide create the illusion of a staircase up – is not to be missed.”

The Staircase to the Moon is set to occur on 21st Aug at 6.12pm, 22nd August at 7.12pm, and 23rd August at 8.10pm and can be best viewed from the purpose built deck next to the Cooke Pointe Caravan Park.

The Fringe Festival featuring comedian hypnotist Matthew Hale will be held on Friday 23rd August at the Matt Dann Cultural Centre.

“Matthew Hale’s shows are renowned for being highly interactive and it’ll be a great night out for anyone that likes a good laugh.”

“For an upmarket accommodation, there’s the only four and half star hotel in the Pilbara, the Esplanade, which has recently re-opened its doors after an extensive refurbishment, gloriously showcasing its 110-year-old heritage.

“There’s also a tour of the BHP Billiton Iron Ore Nelson facility, which is impressive and showcases the enormity of the mining industry and the life blood of the Western Australian economy.”

Picturesque pools ... Karinji National Park
Picturesque pools … Karinji National Park

For nature and wildlife lovers, or those that want to venture further afield, the magnificent Karijini National Park is a 350km drive and has spectacular gorges, amazing rock patterns, colors and gorgeous swimming holes; it is touted as Australia’s best kept secret.

Beautiful Aboriginal art, handmade children’s clothing, textile works, jewellery, homewares and delicious food will be offered by 50 stall holders at the Town’s West End Markets, held in the shady gardens of the Courthouse Gallery the weekend after the North West Festival on 31st August.

For more information on the North West Festival, visit www.northwestfestival.com.au

Tickets are $139 (including free camping) and are on sale through the Port Hedland Visitors Centre.

For more information on Port Hedland, visit www.visitporthedland.com

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