River Heads at a Glance


Population: 1,539
Closest State School: Sandy Strait State School
Distance to Stockland Shopping Centre:
 18 minutes by car
Distance to Closest Beach:
  1 minute by car
Distance to Hervey bay Hospital: 
16 minutes by car
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River Heads Hervey Bay doesn’t have any schools that are within close proximity, but there are plenty within a short fifteen minutes drive away. The closest schools are located in the suburb of Urangan, although if heading along the back roads towards Pialba, there are several schools in Urraween and Wondunna / Kawungan areas that are also only about the same time frame by car.  School buses do service the area as well.
Compare the schools in the RiverHeads / Booral catchment area.


You’ll need a car if you live in River Heads Hervey Bay because the area is not so great for public transport, although there is a local school bus that services enabling students to get to their closest schools and/or connecting buses. 


The local River Heads Shopping Village offers a convenience store that sells limited groceries and takeaway is located on River Heads Road (changes to Ariadne St).  There is also a small shopping village near the airport about ten to fifteen minutes away (petrol, chemist, hairdresser, bottle shop, IGA, medical & dental).


Woolworths, Urangan Central Shopping Centre, and Aldi are just a few more minutes up the road with other local services and amenities available. 
Local Shopping Outlets: Foodworks, Bakery, Meats,  BWS, Takeaway Food
Services Nearby: Hospitals, Medical, etc.


River Heads Hervey Bay— Great Water Views & Plenty of Space!
This region is mostly urban-rural acreage properties, many with extensive water views living. Some of the most spectacular coastal views of Fraser Island and/or hinterland landscapes are in this suburb. The King Fisher Resort ferry and barges depart and return guests to the island from this point with a booking office and cafe situated within the River- Heads Shopping Village. Looking for sea views, acreage, and tranquility? You’ll absolutely love this amazing beachfront suburb.

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River Heads Hervey Bay Location, History & Development

An Aboriginal tribe, known as the Butchulla people lived in the region for many generations. Originally named Bingham, the area was renamed RiverHeads in 1986. The Bingham State School opened in 1915, closing in 1926.  

Situated on a small peninsula of land at the mouth of the Mary River (previously named the Fraser River); the once sleepy fishing village has grown immensely and has become a stunning residential community with acreage properties boasting breathtaking extensive water views out across Fraser Island and/or hinterland panoramic landscapes. 

River Heads Hervey Bay Shopping Village Shops, Carpark and Landscaping
River Heads Hervey Bay Local Shopping Village

The River Heads Shopping Village opened in 2006, with Kingfisher Bay Resort Fraser Island relocating its mainland operations to the Shopping Village in 2010, in turn making River Heads QLD the primary gateway to the World Heritage Listed Island. 

2016 saw a$7.5M upgrade to River Heads Roadmaking for much safer access to the area for locals and visitors. The road’s drainage was also greatly improved. That same year to accommodate growth and an influx of residents into the area, council changed some properties from rural to residential zoning. 

Regular upgrades over the years have been completed to the multiple boat ramps, with the addition of a new floating pontoon jetty also making it easier to launch and board boats with future plans for additional works.

Houses For Sale River Heads 

As you can imagine, you won’t get a backyard much closer to the gorgeous beaches of Hervey Bay than in River Heads— 360-degree views of the stunning waterfront and/or hinterland views. With more than 800 properties in RiverHeads and about forty brand new homes each year being built; there is no doubt that the region is growing steadily. It would be wise to stay well informed regarding any upcoming houses for sale in the area.

River Heads Aerial with Ocean Background and Acreage Homes

River Heads QLD Lifestyle

River Heads Hervey Bay attracts all buyer types although the majority are those seeking a sea change, peace, and quiet, space, or all of these lifestyle options. You’ll find that there’s still a fair few vacant blocks for building your own dream home. There are also plenty of stunning established homes on large residential allotments as well as 1/2 to one-acre blocks and even larger for those wanting more space and/or privacy. And the views? These have to be seen to be believed! They are absolutely breathtaking, to say the least. River Heads property sales statistics confirm properties with water views are more attractive to buyers and also tend to achieve a higher price.

Whether you choose to buy established or build your own home, you will find that the gorgeous beachside suburb offers your family a rural-residential country lifestyle that many Australians only ever dream of. All of this could be yours and just a short drive to city shopping, schools, and necessary amenities. 

And if you enjoy fishing, boating, or simply appreciate an amazing sea view; River Heads Hervey Bay, QLD is like nowhere else although the neighbouring suburb of Booral also has some very nice views also. Come take a look for yourself.

Be sure to look at the suburbs of Booral, Urangan, and Wondunna.

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