River Heads

Barge from River Heads to Fraser Island Fraser Island view from River Heads


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.

Click here to follow our Hervey Bay Discovery Trail.