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River Heads

River Heads

Posted on 30 Mar 2017 by Our Fraser Coast

River Heads is a short scenic 18km drive from Hervey Bay passing through Booral. The last few kilometres of road travels parallel to Fraser Island and the views are breathtaking.

The town is built on a narrow peninsula surrounded by the Great Sandy Strait (to the east), the mouth of the Mary River (south) and the mouth of the Susan River (a tributary of the Mary) to the west.

The Kingfisher Bay Barge and the Fraser Venture barge both depart from River Heads to Fraser Island. 

You can enjoy a picnic lunch at the point or a barbecue at Progress Park. There is a shopping village with a hair salon, cafe (best views of the river systems), supermarket, fitness centre, Real Estate office and bottle shop. There is security parking for Fraser Island visitors and a proposed marina.

The boat ramps are suitable for launching a wide range of boats and there is ample car parking provided for cars and trailers. The rock fishing at River Heads is excellent and if you are an avid angler, you won't want to miss the fishing there.

Dolphins, including the rare humpback dolphin, turtles and the occasional dugong provide an ideal backdrop to any family outing.

Vehicle permits for the island are available at the Barge Ticket Office, situated right at the point in River Heads.

Our Places: River Heads

"The seaside village of River Heads lies on the exclusive River Heads Peninsula, the gateway to Fraser Island and the Great Sandy Strait. 
The fishing is superb all year round with muddies and prawns in season. The ecology is unique – ancient vine forest traversed by the River Heads Walking Track, native vegetation, abundant birdlife, wildlife and marinelife.

To the east is majestic Fraser Island and to the west, the mighty Mary and Susan River systems. The views in both directions are simply breathtaking.

In the Community Hall, Rivers Cafe & Bar operates each Friday evening from 5.30pm and various activities are held during the week. A fish meet is held the first full weekend each month.
The community spirit is exceptional where people pitch in to help deliver various activities and events such as the annual RiverFest held on the first Saturday in September."
Billie Rustin, President, River Heads Progress Assn

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