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Howard QLD at a Glance


Population: 1,364

Closest State School: Howard State School
Distance to Stockland Shopping Centre:
30 minutes by car
Distance to Closest Beach:
 17 minutes by car (Toogoom)
Distance to Hervey bay Hospital: 26 minutes by car
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The closest school in town is Howard State School with Torbanlea State School only five km away. The closest secondary school is located to the northwest in Childers, with Hervey Bay schools to the east and Maryborough to the west.
Compare the schools in the Howard catchment area.


There is a bus service that operates between Maryborough, Hervey Bay, and Howard, although driving is definitely the best option.


You’ll find that Howard has some local shops including a post office, drapery & patchwork store, grocery shop, hairdresser, and hardware store located in the region’s north. William Street has a milk bar, bakery, butcher, pharmacy, news agency, IGA supermarket, medical centre, fish & chip shop, and bottle shop plus hotel. There are also a few real estate agencies. There’s also a local CWA hall, library, and Bowls Club (located nearby in Torbanlea).
Of course for more serious retail therapy, Hervey Bay and Maryborough Shopping Centres are only half an hour away.


Howard— a Centrally Located Charming Rural Haven 
This is truly an awesome little town, it’s conveniently close enough to Hervey Bay & Maryborough for access to shops, services, and attractions but far enough away to enjoy plenty of peace and quiet! You’ll love the annual Burrum Coal Discovery Festival!

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Where is Howard QLD?

Howard, 28kms west of Hervey Bay, once a historic coal mining town is now a quiet rural area surrounded by citrus orchards and sugar plantations. The town was named after William Howard, who settled in Maryborough in 1857, exploring the area, and is also credited with discovering the Howard coalfield in 1876. The railway reached the town in 1883.

Several historic buildings include the Royal Hotel (1889), St Matthews Church (1913), a small museum showcasing coal mining, farming history, and war memorabilia, and a stunning restored Brooklyn House (1890), 
*You may like this link to history- howard-torbanlea-surrounding-areas 

You will find limited shops and services in town as well as two hotels and the Burrum District Golf Club. Not forgetting the country markets once a month; Brooklyn House guided tours and Devonshire Teas, and a number of great fishing and swimming spots along the Burrum River. 

Heading out of town; it’s only 15 minutes by car to Maryborough and less than half an hour to Hervey Bay, with Toogoom and Burrum Heads about 20 minutes away. The Tilt Train (Brisbane / Rockhampton & Cairns trains) passes through twice daily. 

Historical Queenslander Brooklyn House Howard
Historical Brooklyn House in 1890

Real Estate Howard QLD

A history steeped in mining is clearly evident with town street-scapes filled with former mining cottages and raised Queenslanders on large allotments. A relaxed feel and friendly community spirit along with affordability are great drawcards for new residents; especially ideal for first home buyers and families. There’s even a local primary school within walking distance, and Childers High School just a short drive away. You can find very cheap houses for sale here at less than $150K.

Latest Real Estate Howard QLD listings read as follows: Renovators Delight, Rural Lifestyle Close to Services, Quaint Rural Lifestyle Walk to Town, etc.  Of course, there are also plenty of luxurious acreage lifestyle properties available too.

Howard QLD street view

This is a great little town, centrally located and ideal for quiet family living. You may also like to check out the neighbouring areas of Torbanlea, Burrum Heads, and Takura.

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Sean Coulton
For information regarding buying or selling in Howard, contact our Howard real estate specialist— Broker Sean Coulton on 0447 389 260. 

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