4.0 out of 10

South Hedland

Ranked 2nd best suburb in Pilbara
-20.4092660084021 118.604087528256
Great for
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Public Transport
  • Parking
  • Cost of Living
  • Childcare
  • Eating Out
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
Feb 01, 2017

"Money isn't everything"

We spent seven year living in a variety of locations in South Hedland. Overall as a working professional if you are spending most days in the office and only coming home to eat and sleep it's fine. There are more and more new and refurbished places that are increasing the standard of living in the suburb and its aesthetic appeal. That said, as soon as we started our family we knew it was time to leave Hedland. There are no clean safe parks in the area. Roaming dogs makes it unsafe to walk the footpaths. The broken glass everywhere is a nightmare and don't even get me starting on the illegal rubbish dumping and syringes around the place. The shopping centre has all the basics and food/takeaway options have substantially improved in the last few year. The town does have great facilities like the swimming pool, gym and the wonderful Well Women's Centre. If you can get yourself into a comfortable company provided house with bills subsidised and a good wage then it's a great place to live to help reach financial goals. The people are friendly and we made some friends for life but it's certainly not a forever place and I wouldn't want to raise my family there.
Pros
  • Friends
  • Money
Cons
  • Litter
  • Roaming dogs
  • Crime
  • Anti social behaviour
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
2yrs+

"Small town.. it is what it is"

I've lived on 3 terrible streets now, may be bad luck, may not. I hear the same from everyone I know. Constantly listening to fights, loud music, drunk people. A lot of petty crime and car searching etc but not much serious stuff going on. Definitely not somewhere I'd choose to live forever. Ive been here for 5 years now, it has its charm and some good people. But now I have a child I'm ready to leave and live somewhere safer and quieter.
Pros
  • Friends
  • Money
Cons
  • Crime
  • Anti social behaviour
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Dont rent,buy"

South hedland is hot
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Its pretty good"

Ive lived in South Hedland for a while and its not that bad. Before coming here i was really worried and thought i had made a bad decision but i have found it to be totally fine. This depends though on a few things.
1. The company you work for provides housing or heavily subsidises it,
2. You are in a new house or refurbished house away from the shops.
3. You dont leave things out the front of your house that are or is worth lots of money that goes for Perth too.
4. A dog always helps.
5. Good friends help too.
Its not perfect but its a great place to bring up kids and help pay off the mortgage,
Pros
  • parks
  • Friends
  • Lifestyle
  • Money
Cons
  • Crime
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"My time in South Hedland"

I lived in the pilbara for 17 years and for the most part loved the life style and the good people. Most of my time was in south hedland where I owned property. The down side to this was living behind 6ft fences because that was the only way to keep the feral natives out and even then that would only be if you had good dogs. Now before people jump up and down , I am not a race predudice person and actually employed many local people , asian , aboriginal or caucasian. But believe me when I say I know what I am talking about and the safety of your property and family is something you should consider before moving to south hedland. Anti social behaviour is the biggest concern for all residents but the local authorities unfortunately have failed to deal with this time and again. It was a combination of this factor as well as poor educational facilities for my high school aged son that made me sell up and move to Perth. I definately miss the good money and the good friends but I dont miss the town...
Pros
  • Friends
  • Lifestyle
  • Money
Cons
  • Anti social behaviour
  • Crime
Recommended for
  • Singles
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Singles
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"It is what you make it"

My biggest issue with South Hedland is the safety aspect. We have lived here just over a year and in that time we have been burgled twice, a friend has been held up at knife point and robbed and a girl was rapped in the park down the street from us. It's a shame that a community so small should have so many issues. This really is a beautiful part of the world but it's not a place we will live in for long.
Recommended for
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"The People make the town..."

I've lived in Hedland now for almost 15 years and my husband has been her for almost 28 years. The town has been really good to us financially and we have made some wonderful life long friends here. Yes the town may not be so pretty but it's what you make of it really. If you're lucky enough to live in one of the newer homes in Hedland it makes the blow just that little bit easier to handle. Can't stand people that knock the town but are happy to come here and take the money that it offers them. It's a very community orientated kind of town though. If you make the effort there is a lot to do up here. Alot of people leave town once their kids start reaching toward highschool age, hence the reason we're leaving shortly. I'm going to miss Hedland terribly when it's finally time to go.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
Qld Qld
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Nice to visit but really think about the living option"

People are nice enough, but because everyone is so transient it takes
time to form relationships. Some don't bother because of jadded, forgetting
what it is like to be new, in a strange place with hardly anyone you know.
The wait awhile WA saying is definately the case. New people from other
stats will not understand how things are done the WA way. It can do your head in. Karratha& Port Hedland, South Hedland (lived in all three !!) The almighty dollar
is the most important thing, especially companies have forgotten about peoples happiness and family lives. Make sure you have accomodation from the company you work for and have this in writing on your contract. My family and I have had a real number done on us by companies not just working with them,
but local business. We are so looking forward to going back home to the eastern states. Green and much cooler, a life again. Third time over here and it has been very, very unlucky.
Recommended for
  • Singles
2/5
2yrs+

"Away From The Facility"

South Hedland is a residential area of Port Hedland, very popular with residents. The homes here are well maintained with as good a gardens as is possible in this inhospitable part of Australia. To access it you need to turn off the Great Northern Highway at Hamilton Road. Like most of the homes in this area however, they have a constant covering of red dust. There are housing options to suit most budgets and lifestyles, and an excellent shopping centre.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees