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Australia Day 2017

Preparations are under way for Australia Day 2017

Market stalls, circus performances, thong throwing competition, a watermelon eating contest and truck pull are on the line up as well as the Pilbara Ports Auhority fireworks spectacular to celebrate Australia Day in Hedland in January.

Port Hedland residents and community members will be treated to an Australia Day extravaganza taking place at Kevin Scott Oval on 26 January from 5pm – 8.30pm.

The family friendly, alcohol-free event offers a true sense of community spirit hosted by the Town of Port Hedland in conjunction with major sponsors Pilbara Ports Authority, Roy Hill, Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals Group; and our supporting partners Goodline, Toxfree, South Hedland Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Esplanade Hotel Port Hedland, Kmart and Onsite Rentals.


The Town is now calling for applications from interested market stall holders to participate in the Australia Day activities at Kevin Scott Oval. We cannot accept vans/food vans for stalls as vehicle access is not permitted on the oval.

Local retailers, traders, food and beverage, merchandise and crafts stalls are invited to apply.

Applications for stallholders close Thursday 19 January and for further information please contact Ashlee Groch on 9158 9385 or email

Entries are also open for the watermelon eating contest and truck pull competition.

Australian Day Citizenship Ceremony

The newest members of our community will be welcomed at the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony at Wanangkura Stadium (time TBC). This invitation only event will mark the beginning of a new chapter for our newest citizens, as they pledge their future to Australia and share with us their culture and traditions in choosing Australia as their new home.

North West Truck Pull Contest

Get your 'strong on' and register a Team (8 members per team) for the North West Truck Pull Contest. (first pull commences at 6.00pm)

Download your registration form here - please fill in and return to

Registrations close: Wednesday 25 January 2017 at 5.00pm

Watermelon Eating Competition

What better way to celebrate Australia and summer than watermelons? Start training now to be crowned the fastest watermelon eater in Hedland! 

More details to come - stay tuned!

 Pilbara Ports Authority Fireworks Display

  • Time TBC    Australia Day Fireworks Extravaganza

An extended thanks to our major sponsors Pilbara Ports Authority, Roy Hill, Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals Group and supporting partners Goodline, Toxfree, Esplanade Hotel Port Hedland, Kmart, Onsite Rentals and South Hedland Volunteer Fire and Rescue whose assistance and collaboration ensure the continued success of our Australia Day festivities.

Be sure to visit the Town’s Facebook page for the latest updates.