Silver Star Cafe

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About Silver Star Train Port Hedland Us

Our Story

The Silver Star Train Cafe and Restaurant in Port Hedland is a kitchen and lounge in a historic railway carriage with an alfresco deck.


The railway carriage that is now the Silver Star Cafe was built by the Budd Company in 1939, for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, commonly known as the Burlington. A "diner-parlour and observation car", it was assigned the fleet number 301, and was named the Silver Star.

By 1974, the first 100 million tonnes of iron ore had been carried between Newman and Port Hedland on the Mount Newman railway. To celebrate, AMAX presented the Silver Star to Mount Newman Mining at an official ceremony.

The carriage was renamed the Sundowner and put into service along the otherwise freight-only Mount Newman railway. For nearly 20 years, it made a weekly trip between Newman and Port Hedland, carrying families and sporting teams and offering views of the Pilbara landscape not otherwise visible to its appreciative occupants.

During its service, the carriage was refurbished and modified on several occasions. The original kitchen was removed, the galley relocated, and the elegant original interior panelling replaced with Western Australian jarrah timber. The carriage was always maintained in working order, but by the early 21st century had fallen largely into disuse.

In 2009, BHP Billiton Iron Ore, by then the sole owner of the railway, decided to give the carriage to the Port Hedland community as a visitor attraction and cafe. In co-operation with FORM, the Town of Port Hedland, Boom Logistics and Laing O'Rourke, the carriage was relocated from Nelson Point yard to the west end of Port Hedland. It was officially opened as a cafe by the Premier of Western Australia, Colin Barnett, on 26 October 2010.

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Keeping It Local

The Silver Star strives to collaborate with, celebrate, and encourage local businesses in Port Hedland, in the Pilbara and in Western Australia. Below are a few of our esteemed local colleagues, offering quality products in our community.

Little Owl Coffee Roasters

Perth, WA

Coffee roasters are a different breed. After countless days, weeks, and even years cooped up in the lab with our IMF Italian roaster, we can hardly remember a time our minds weren’t consumed by flavour profiles, roasting temperatures, and bean combinations. We really think about very little else… and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

We have one very simple aim at Little Owl: to produce the very best coffee we can for our customers. Whether you’re an espresso loving home barista, a busy local café or an office looking for the right combination to propel your workforce into overdrive, you’ve found the right place.

Earth Bottles

Byron Bay, NSW

At Earth Bottles we get a kick out of giving back to the wider community and we currently donate part of our profits to Beyond Blue and Clean Coast Collective, and are official partners with Breast Cancer Network Australia. With the sale of every gift pack online we plant a tree through our affiliation with Fifteen Trees.

From our humble beginnings Earth Bottles has expanded out of Byron Bay to stockists around Australia, New Zealand and Bali. We get a such joy seeing our brand pop up on Instagram, Facebook and around the world but especially in our own community.

At Earth Bottles we strive to be as eco-friendly as possible. We may not be the fanciest but we package our bottles in reusable cotton bags, recyclable cardboard boxes and we post in paper/card post bags.

For Cake's Sake

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Delicious cakes, cupcakes and cookies for all occasions. Made with love. Children's birthday party catering also available.

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In The Mix Health Foods

Port Hedland, WA

Providing Health Food products, recipes, information & ideas & practical solutions for busy people based in Port Hedland

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Ginger Fox

Port Hedland, WA

Stockists of Exclusive Collections for Women - Inspired by on-trend, luxe, quality, unique fashion wears full of colour & fun.