Cruise passengers revel in Hedland heat

Robert DoughertyNorth West Telegraph
Radiance of the Sea cruise ship during its recent visit to the port of Port Hedland. Photo: Pilbara Ports Authority
Camera IconRadiance of the Sea cruise ship during its recent visit to the port of Port Hedland. Photo: Pilbara Ports Authority Credit: Picture: Pilbara Ports Authority

Sea-borne tourists from across the globe took in the sights, tastes and sounds of Port Hedland when cruise ship Radiance of the Seas arrived last Monday.

Visitors disembarked to find crafts, art and entertainment at the Marapikurrinya Park markets, cafes, Courthouse Gallery exhibitions and opportunities to experience Hedland’s relaxed lifestyle.

Cruise ship passengers Bob and Heather Evans, of Wales, said the friendliness of Hedland had been a highlight and the markets were appreciated.

“I look at the markets and people have come out and bothered to do all this, it’s absolutely amazing — very chilled sort of place,” they said. Passengers Al and Nicole Sligh, of Oregon in the United States, said they saw the journey as an opportunity to escape the American winter. “It’s always been on our bucket list, we’ve heard good things and Australia was in summer when it’s our winter — although it’s been hotter than we expected it to be,” they said. “This is our first trip to Australia, so we have really enjoyed getting to know so much of Australia in one trip — we haven’t hit a bad port yet.”

Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce president Peter Carter said the whole experience could be boosted by closing a main street and lining it with market stalls.

“It would be good if we could block the main street off and have markets all through there, even half a street,” he said.

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