Nikenbah Hervey Bay Suburbs Guide

Nikenbah at a Glance


Population: 657 (2016 Census Stats)
Closest State School: Kawungan State School
Distance to Stockland Shopping Centre: 
9 minutes by car
Distance to Closest Beach:
 10 minutes by car
Distance to Hervey Bay Hospital: 
4 minutes by car
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There are plenty of schooling options including local and private choices. There are also daycare and kindergartens nearby as well as Tafe and a University Campus just a short drive away.
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A little less central than other suburbs, but buses do run regularly connecting major shopping and major services. Taxis and Uber are available but a family car is certainly your best option if living in this area.


There is a small local shopping strip in Kawungan; but the CBD, Stockland Shopping Centre, Pialba Place, Aldi and Eli Waters are only a few minutes by car. Famous for the Nikenbah Markets held every 1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday of each month— perhaps you’d like to take the family out or grab a bargain there! You’ll also find the Fraser Coast Recycling Centre located here. The Hervey Bay Hospital and medical precinct are very close.


Nikenbah Hervey Bay Lifestyle Options—
The region is a mix of urban meets rural with a trendy vibe. This is family living, typically with larger established homes with views and new housing estates. Hervey Bay attractions are easily accessible meaning that the beaches, greenery, boating and fun are literally on your doorstep. Be sure to get out and about!

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Nikenbah QLD History

During the 1860s, Nikenbah (Aarlsborg) was a coal mining settlement with a few booming industries including agriculture, grazing, and timber-getting. The early settlers in the area were primarily subsistence farmers that worked in timber, livestock, or on the roads for additional income. These holdings later became sugar cane farms.

The first Christian church was built and opened in 1875 by Danish settlers— with the church’s cemetery grounds relinquished to the Burrum Shire Council in 1918.

The Maryborough to Hervey Bay train also stopped at Nikenbah station, with an image below of the last train passing through the location in April 1992.

For additional in-depth reading about the history of this area, How Times Change…the Story of Nikenbah contains a great wealth of interesting information.

Nikenbah Real Estate Report Historical Station

Nikenbah Today

All major Hervey Bay amenities are on your doorstep including world-class high-quality education, healthcare facilities, and several shopping centres. 

Local landmarks and attractions include Dundowran Equestrian Park, Vernon State Forest, Vernon Conservation Park, Wongi State Forest, the Burrum River, the Burrum District Museum, Lake Lenthall, Howard Skate Park, Wongi Waterholes, and Hervey Bay Go Kart Track.

Nowadays the region is well known for its excellent markets held on the first, third and fifth Sundays of every month. You’ll find fresh produce, arts and crafts, cakes, jams, and assorted trash & treasure items for sale. Of course, the Nikenbah Markets are located within the Hervey Bay Animal Refuge to raise funds to help care for the animals that live there.

Local businesses and services in the immediate area include agricultural machinery & building contractors. You may also like to check out the very unusual Depot Espresso Bar— an old train shed transformed into a café! (pictured below)

depot express bar cafe nikenbah

Active Lakeside Living at its Best!

The suburb of Nikenbah, bordering Urraween and Kawungan is a relatively new suburb that sits high across the main Hervey Bay hinterland ridge. It’s home to some amazing  views and equally spectacular amazing homes.  New road infrastructure has made the region far more accessible.

Nikenbah Aerial showing Houses & Surrounding Landscape

There are several new housing estates in the suburb, The Springs is the newest one offering largely terraced,  flat allotments offering a sense of freedom and privacy. The master-planned community enjoys panoramic views of the Fraser Coast hinterland and has a beautiful freshwater lake at its centre creating a sense of ambiance, family, and community spirit.

Regarded as affordable and central, Nikenbah offers a great opportunity for all types of buyers seeking a relaxed family-friendly lifestyle. 

Are you ready to move to Nikenbah? Check out the neighbouring suburbs of Kawungan, Urraween, and Wondunna.

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