Scarness Hervey Bay Suburbs Guide


Scarness at a Glance


Population: 3,519
Closest State School: Torquay State School
Distance to Stockland Shopping Centre: 
5 minutes by car
Distance to Closest Beach:
 1 minute by car
Distance to Hervey Bay Hospital: 
7 minutes by car
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The suburb has a good range of schools including public primary and secondary schools, private colleges and daycare/kindergarten options, a local Tafe/trade campus and a University all close by.
Compare all schools within the Scarness catchment area.


A nicely located suburb that is mostly walkable to the beach, Esplanade and main shopping centres. Public transport is readily available linking the suburb to all areas of Hervey Bay. Great bike paths throughout the CBD and Esplanade regions. Also taxis and Uber.


People living in this suburb have the best of everything when it comes to shopping and Hervey Bay services. Stockland Shopping Centre, Pialba Place & Aldi are all very close/walkable in many instances. Locals also enjoy the shops, pubs, restaurants, and cafes along the Esplanade.
Local Shopping Outlets: Souvenirs / Gifts, Foodworks, Groceries, Bakery, Meats, Bottle Shop, Newsagency, Takeaway Foods, Cafes, Restaurants
Other Services: Hospitals, Pharmacy, Doctors, etc


Embrace the Relaxed Scarness Hervey Bay Lifestyle—
Greenery, beaches, jetty, bike path, great food & more! This area is utterly magical. Convenient living located right next to Pialba CBD and right on the beach. Perfection!
Wander along the Esplanade, take in the night or weekend markets, enjoy a community concert, grab a coffee or cocktail at Enzos, soak up the sun and take a swim—
Scarness has it all! Check out some local Hervey Bay attractions.

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Scarness QLD History

By the 1880s, just like Urangan and Pialba, Scarness featured a handful of holiday homes scattered all along the foreshore. The holiday trend grew with the opening of the railway in 1896, then extending to Urangan in 1913.

The name Scarness itself was derived from the most prominent building of the time— the Scarborough Hotel. The early post-WW2 population was estimated to be about 600; shortly afterward melding in with the Hervey Bay holiday/retiree culture.

For more historical information about Hervey Bay, check out the Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum.

scarness swimming enclosure historical
Historical Scarness - Pialba Swimming Enclosure

Scarness QLD Today

As mentioned, once just a sleepy beachside holiday township; today Scarness QLD is home to much of Hervey Bay’s most historic and prominent landmarks, including the iconic Scarness Jetty.

Visitors and locals alike can delve into the Bay’s fascinating past at the Hervey Bay Historical Museum.

Considered by many to be the very heart of tourism in Hervey Bay, the area boasts the best swimming beaches, parks, meandering bike paths, and a stunning array of cafes and restaurants. The newly renovated Beach House Hotel offers great dining and entertainment options.

Since the area is a popular holiday destination, you’ll find lots of modern high-rise apartments, stylish resorts, and affordable beach-side accommodation all along the Esplanade.

scarness beachfront suburb aerial

Regarded as central and very affordable, Scarness Hervey Bay offers excellent opportunities for first home buyers, investors, retirees, and families wanting to enjoy a carefree beachside lifestyle. This beachside suburb gem attracts people for a few key reasons— sunshine, seaside, and exceptionally good value.

Are you ready to move to Scarness? Be sure to also check out the neighbouring waterfront suburbs of Torquay, Pialba, and Point Vernon.

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