6.5 out of 10

River Heads

Ranked 18th best suburb in Wide Bay-Burnett
Ranked 5th best suburb in Hervey Bay
-25.41148645801 152.909945185373
Great for
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Parking
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Public Transport
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Singles

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Little Slice of Heaven"

River heads is one of a kind! The place has green grass, blue waters and views to the one and only magical Fraser Island! The neighbourhood is so lovely people are always kind to each other. For a little place River Heads has plently to do! The River Heads Progress Association alway has something going on and the fishing is the best in the Fraser Coast. River Heads is full of life... ... Birds will eat from you hands!!!! The Dolphins put on a show for the locals and often travel with the boats!!!! One of the finest places Queenland has to offer and affordable as well!
Pros
  • Peaceful
  • Close to nature
  • water front views almost every where
  • proximity to Fraser Island
  • views
  • Quite
  • Good for kids
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
Mike P Johnson
Mike P Johnson Dolphins my a.. - try again with something more realistic
2yrs+
Robyn Pheeney
Robyn Pheeney We have seen many dolphins while out fishing, it is one of the best places we have been fishing.
It is also a great place to bring up kids, it is quiet and safe.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Lovely Friendly Town"

Most amazing fishing grounds. Dolphins swim by and do tricks like you would see at Seaworld. Fraser Island is in full view from the shore!!!! Locals are always friendly and happy to meet new people. Would make a lovely place to raise children. Any one would be BLESSED to wake up to the views that surround River Heads.
Pros
  • proximity to Fraser Island
  • views
  • Quite
  • Good for kids
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
Robyn Pheeney
Robyn Pheeney Great place for the kids to grow up, my boys absolutely love it and I do not have to worry about them getting into trouble. School bus goes past the front door. The only thing missing is a fuel station otherwise a lovely place to live and bring up kids.
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Why would you live anywhere else?"

This picturesque villiage has been our home for the last eight years, and as we open our curtains in the morning,we look across The Great Sandy Straits to World Heritage Fraser Island. With idealic climate and unsurpasted water views, from almost anywhere on this penninsula, great boating,fishing, and relaxed lifestyle. Friday nights have great meals at The progress Association, with many other activities in the hall during the week.
Our local cafe,overlooking the lovely Susan River with it's moored yachts, is agreat place for brekky or a coffee, or even some take away.
Pros
  • Excellent retirement area.
  • About 13ks to major shopping,local shopping adequate.
  • proximity to Fraser Island
  • views
  • Quite
  • Good for kids
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"River Heads...you are welcome."

River Heads is a great place to live, work, play, love and laugh. The community spirit is wonderful, the views are breathtaking, the peace and tranquility is sublime. It's rural living and sometimes you see snakes, kangaroos, kookaburras, sandflies (try sitting on the canals on the Gold Coast at dusk and what do you find sandflies, they are part of living in seaside areas.....even Scotland has them!) Life is about choice, you are welcome to live here and enjoy. We love living here.
Pros
  • Wonderful community spirit
  • Breathtaking views
  • Everyone welcome
  • proximity to Fraser Island
  • views
  • Quite
  • Good for kids
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Quiet rural style suburb"

River heads is a midgie ridden hell hole with a nightmare access road and mad traffic.. Turtle Cove is a bit better though the midgies are still very prevalent.. The land prices are way over inflated with investors trying to make a big buck.. They will never get the prices they are asking
Pros
  • proximity to Fraser Island
  • Quite
Cons
  • Midgies and mozzies are a damn nightmare.. Bring you own blood supply, you'll need it..
  • crime on the rise
  • inflated prices
  • Only people who are really enjoying living here is the local real estate agent who sees the same property turnover on average every three and a half years so he's making a killing !
  • River Heads Rd is a nightmare due to increased traffic for Fraser Island visitors leaving on the barge.
  • 'Proposed Golf Course' is BULLCRAP.. It was NEVER EVER going to happen. Usual 'new estate' hype..
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
stevenk5
stevenk5 Appreciate the honesty as it seems the real estates are the highly positive ones ( i smell a rat) and i was thinking of buying there as it does seem quite the picturesque postcard however, again ive been watching the area for a while and there is too many places for sale for such a small community and the turn around seems high of sales. Thanks again.
Feb 23, 2017
jerryg2
jerryg2 Thanks' for an honest opinion.
Mar 21, 2017
steves13
steves13 The midgees are absolutely horrendous
Jun 03, 2017
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!!"

River Heads is a beautiful quite little township. Its not for every one just read the negaitive comments below. But i have nothing bad to say about the place. I lived there for 5yrs, and still own a house and block of land. I would love to get back there at some stage. Yes there are sandflies, snakes and alot of other Australian Wildlife. But thats what makes it. Where in Australia do you find NO bugs, snakes etc??? This is a wonderful place for young famlies, professional workers, retirees and people of all walks of life. Your 15 mins to town, Yes it's not a big town but still your only a 3 1/2 hr drive from the Sunshine Coast and 1 1/2 hr drive to Gympie, 2hrs to Bundaberg. Your a 1-2 min drive to the boat ramp where you can catch the Barge over to a World Hertiage listed Island with to most Beautiful 4wd tracks, amazing lakes, rivers and walking tracks.
If all you want to do is shop and whinge than NO River Heads may not be for you. But if your willing to get out and about and enjoy a peaceful and scenic Town then you will love it like i have done for 5 years and still do.
Pros
  • proximity to Fraser Island
  • views
  • Good for kids
  • Quite
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
Robyn Pheeney
Robyn Pheeney I totally agree with you.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Can 1200 people be that wrong?"

10 minutes drive from Hervey Bay away from the hustle & bustle of city life within sight of Fraser Island - it can't get much better! A peninsula virtually surrounded by water & yes, if you do something wrong everyone knows about it!! So if you want to live in an environment that gives you such pleasure, then please enjoy the positives not concentrate on the negatives. On a very still day in summer you will get midges but what area on the Queensland coast doesn't get them!!! Be proactive & keep your grass short like the people who love the area!
Yes there is a lot of land for sale but what investors are making money out of anything these days!!! We still have lots of people building houses in the area. Can 1200 people be that wrong? I don't think so! Keep your negative comments to yourself or stay away & leave the rest of us to enjoy our paradise as we want.
Pros
  • Quite
  • Good for kids
  • Safe no Crime
  • proximity to Fraser Island
  • views
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Isolated and swarming with pesky biting sandflies. Be warned, this place is hicksville. Great place if you like playing the banjo and enjoy whistling."

To be truthful, the area is scenic and beautiful but that all goes out the window when the midges (biting sandflies) swarm into town and force everyone indoors. There are hundreds of properties up for sale here as residents up and leave after realizing there dream turns into a nightmare. Sorry, but it is just to much to bare and property values are declining rapidly here....My advice is to look elsewhere.
Pros
  • proximity to Fraser Island
  • views
Cons
  • crime on the rise
  • inflated prices
  • mold, snakes, sandflies, mosquitoes
  • Only people who are really enjoying living here is the local real estate agent who sees the same property turnover on average every three and a half years so he's making a killing !
  • River Heads Rd is a nightmare due to increased traffic for Fraser Island visitors leaving on the barge.
  • Speeding hoons visit the area at night causing havoc and making excessive noise.
Lilly_Pond
Lilly_Pond Im from Brisbane City. I LOVE River Heads!!!!!!!!
2yrs+
Robyn Pheeney
Robyn Pheeney The council does many things to help with the midgees and they are only a small issue when you have the view and lifestyle. We have 7 months of the year that we don't see any midgees and over the summer months only one week either side of the full moon. If you live out west you have to live with the heat, if you live up north you have to live with the humidity, down south the cold, everywhere there is something. Life is only what you make of it.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Quiet & Beautiful - a wonderful piece of Queensland"

I love River Heads because it has the best of both worlds. Being just a few kilometers away from bustling Hervey Bay it is and idylic place for piece and quiet with the added convenience modern life has to offer. Driving up River Heads Rd when you come into Turtle Cove is always a welcoming sight - with magnificient views over to Fraser Island. It never ceases to be stunning. For the fisherman/woman River Heads is fishing heaven with access to the River Systems on one side of the boat ramp at the point or the ocean side ( fishing all weather ). Hervey Bay being just a short distance is ideal for shopping and romantic walks on the jetty. It really is a wonderful place.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
angel6247
angel6247 The Best Place to live quiet, peacful, lovely people, this is Paradise and views to die for, what a place.
2yrs+
MyIslandHome
MyIslandHome Are there any crocs or stingers this far south?
2yrs+
PatW1
PatW1 Yes there is crocks I have seen them
Feb 19, 2016
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1/5 rating details
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Turtle Cove..."

Don't get duped by people telling you that there are no sandflies and mozzies in Turtle Cove - if in doubt come and check for yourself during high tide. :)
Pros
  • proximity to Fraser Island
Cons
  • crime on the rise
  • inflated prices
  • mold, snakes, sandflies, mosquitoes
Recommended for
  • Gay & Lesbian
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"8 minutes from a large town breath-taking beauty peaceful where everyone is kind and friendly"

In turtle cove estate there are no mosquitoes or sandflies only up higher near the shops and boat ramp closer to the Susan River. We have travelled around Australia and can vouch that this is truely an undiscovered beauty. Not overdeveloped, peaceful only minutes from a large city with everything you need, and where people are truley friendly, kind and we have found they are always willing to help you out. High recommended...Large blocks with little traffic wide streets perfect for young families and they have schools buses run everyday from all of the Hervey Bay Schools.
Pros
  • proximity to Fraser Island
  • views
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Views, views, views..."

I've lived in River Heads (Turtle Cove) for more than 4 years and have recently sold the property. Thanks God. Main reasons were mold, sandflies, mosquitoes and snakes. "Best place" to live turned our lives into nightmare and pain. I guess that for local real estate agents it is best place to live. Generally, in River Heads/Turtle Cove prices are overinflated and lifestyle is way overrated. Property crime and traffic is on the rise especially since introduction of new ferry service to Fraser Island. A bit remote from Hervey Bay - without a speeding ticket it takes about 25 minutes drive.
And as for nightmare and pain - imagine watching your kids in the IC unit in hospital being bitten by sandflies and snakes. That was our view...
Whoever tells you different means they were never living here or they are local real estate agents. Think!
Pros
  • views
  • proximity to Fraser Island
Cons
  • mold, snakes, sandflies, mosquitoes
  • inflated prices
  • crime on the rise
Banjine
Banjine Oh my Goodness! You obviously have a beef with the local Real estate Agent!

I lived at River Heads for 12 years and raised my children there. It is a lovely fishing village with fantastic views. There is a small shopping centre there, and no need to drive to town often.

And as to your statement QUOTE .....

' And as for nightmare and pain - imagine watching your kids in the IC unit in hospital being bitten by sandflies and snakes. That was our view... ' UNQUOTE

I have Never Ever heard of anyone being bitten by snakes or sandflies in a hospital let alone an IC unit!

Posting your beef on a public forum is childish and immature!

I'm glad you sold out of River Heads, little things make the world a much better place!

Banjine
2yrs+
swintys
swintys I have to agree with Banjine,
Everywhere in Australia has mold, mozzies and sandies and snakes I would certainly say from living in many differenet places and states in Australia that River Heads doesn't have these in problem amounts and as far as over-inflated prices I have not found a cheaper place in Australia that has this much to offer. Infact we have invested here and look forward to a healthy return in the future.

Swintys
2yrs+
AngiMcKenzie
AngiMcKenzie We are currently in cairns...just sold and moving to river heads, we are leaving behind intense humidity in the wet season and midgies, mosquitos that have dengue and midgies and mold, oh and snakes, seems that living in oz this is just a part of our country
2yrs+
jerryg2
jerryg2 Thanks' for an honest opinion, I will be moving elsewhere!.
Mar 21, 2017
steves13
steves13 Looks like the comments of realestate agents , what a pack of liars , the midgees are horrendous, full stop ,
Jun 03, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Peaceful"

Great place to live and still so close to Hervey Bay. Perfect for families or the executive couple.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
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  • Families with kids
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  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Paradise"

Wow ! just look at the views, looking over Heritage listed Fraser Island and the Great Sandy Straits and on the other side the Mary, Susan and Bengston Rivers.
This Community is lovely which that lost in most places, Community Spirit is what we have in River Heads with plenty of different themes at the Community Hall, like Breakfast with Bach, Jazz and shiraz, fancy dress balls, meals drinks and Karaoke.
Fabulous Sea Breezes,birds & Widlife, and a safe area, play ground at the community Hall and BBQ, Schools are at Urangan and surrounds, with buses picking up the children up from River Heads and returning them home after School.
You are 15.5 ks from Urangan Shopping centre and takes 10 min. All in all a great place to live!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees