Local information on the area our radio station covers
River Heads with it’s adjoining suburbs of Booral & Turtle Cove are areas of Hervey Bay Queensland which are between 10 & 18 km south of the city,
The area 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.
At the 2011 census the following information is listed
River Heads: 1294 residents, 407 Families & 640 dwellings
Booral/Turtle Cove: 1449 residents, 437 Families & 578 dwellings
Total: 2743 residents, 844 Families & 1218 dwellings in the area
Land Area (Total) is 4,201 hectares (42 Km2) with a population density 0.66 persons per hectare
Location and Boundaries
Booral – River Heads is bounded by the locality of Urangan, Shore Road West and Shore Road East in the north, the Great Sandy Strait in the east and south-east, the Mary River and the Susan River in the south-west, and the localities of Bunya Creek, Nikenbah and Wondunna in the west.
Booral is named from an Aboriginal word meaning either “tall”, “the sky god Beiral” or “place of shell mounds”. River Heads was originally known as Bingham.
Settlement of the area dates from the 1850s, with land used mainly for cattle grazing and farming. Some growth took place during the late 1800s, with River Heads used for river and coastal timber trade. Rapid growth took place from the early 1990s, with the population more than trebling between 1991 and 2011 as large numbers of new dwellings were added to the area. Growth is expected to continue, particularly in River Heads.
SHOPPING AT RIVER HEADS
The River Heads shopping village provides both locals & tourists with a IGA Express Supermarket with Post Point, Real Estate Agent, Pharmacy, Cafe with a separate takeaway shop & Kingfisher Resorts Head Office with secure parking. – More information can be found by CLICKING HERE (Please note a little out of date !!)
Sorry to say the Bottle O has now closed as of May 2017 (Temporarily ?)
Across the road from the shopping village is the Community Hall which is run by the River Heads Progress Association, Good Value Food & Drinks (fully licensed bar) are available on every Friday evening (except Xmas & Easter), Some Fridays live music &/or Karaoke are also provided
During the week the hall is also used for such things as Patchwork & Quilting, Indoor Bowls, Line Dancing, Coffee & Prayer, Pool, Fishing Club, Gardening club, Book swap & library & Fitness classes Everyone is welcome,
You can also rent the hall for that special event or celebration at very reasonable prices (complete with commercial kitchen & licensed bar if required)
Next to the community hall is the community garden, children’s play area & toilets, The area also has picnic shelter, tables, seating & free electric BBQ. Also there is a basketball hoop, BMX track & now a new Skate Park
Each year the progress association runs “RiverFest” (usually over a weekend in September) with markets, live music, local trade demonstrations, fishing competitions etc. Tourist FM Radio normally provides the music, Public address, MC’s etc, for this event
The River Heads Reserve & the Neville Watson Oval
The Neville Watson Oval was officially opened by the Mayor Gerard O’Connell on 29th June 2014 – This was all due to the very hard work by the River Heads Progress Association (and especially Neville Watson of which it is named after)
The 40 acre site called locally “The River Heads Reserve” and includes walking tracks, cricket pitch, toilet block, a community oval for picnics and watering points and interpretative signage – There is talk of holding music festivals, RV get-together & other events on the site in the future
The progress association also produces a very informative monthly newsletter called the Review, This can be downloaded off their website
River Heads Progress Associations website can be found HERE
Booral (East & West)
Booral Is steeped in aboriginal history with carbon dating on artifacts found on Fraser Island indicating their presence for over 6.000 years. Aboriginal elders dispute this dating and claim that indigenous Australians inhabited the whole of Australia since the “Dreaming”, a term used to indicate “since the beginning of time”.
Aboriginal clans wanting to visit the mainland had to leave a message stick in a tree or on a rock and if the mainland clans allowed the visit they would move the stick or leave their own message.
The foreshores of Booral have numerous large middens or “mounds of shells” along the waters edge and adjacent shoreline left by feasting aboriginals, many of whom traveled from as far away as Bunya Mountain to trade the Bunya Nut for shell fish found in abundance along Booral’s shores. The term “Midden” refers to the mounds of shells left after aboriginals had feasted on the shell fish. Many artifacts have been found along the foreshores of Booral and the remains of rock fish traps may still be seen.
The department of Environment and Resource Management, Queensland State Government, state that the name “Booral” was derived from the Kabi language of the Budjala group or tribe, associated with the sky god “Beiral” or “Burral”, place of shell mounds.
Booral is located approximately 18 km from the CBD of Hervey Bay, 10 km from the Fraser Island Barge at River Heads and 10 km from the Urangan shopping center.
The name “Booral” was approved by the Governor in Council 30th January 1988, named and bounded by the minister for Natural Resources 25th June1999.
Information was obtained from the Dept. of Natural Resources web site
There is also the Booral Community Association which has a website, They produce a local newsletter (usually Bi-Monthly) which is personally delivered to most of the homes in East & West Booral, They also usually hold Bi-Monthly meetings at the Booral Community Park
The Booral Community Park is at Oslove Drive, Booral
It has a picnic shelter, tables and seating & free electric BBQ, children’s playground and basketball court
Booral Community Associations have a new website. You can download previous editions of the Booral Bulletin & look at there website by clicking HERE
Between Booral & River Heads is a fairly new housing estate called Turtle Cove – It has outstanding water views across the Great Sandy Strait to the World Heritage Listed Fraser Island in the East
To the North nearer to Booral is the Airport Service Centre which opened in September 2011. The centre consists of a BP petrol service station, IGA Food Supermarket, Chemist Warehouse, French Bakehouse with cafe, Hairdressing Salon, Dentist & now a new Bottle O. LATEST!! New medical center is now open
VISIT FRASER ISLAND
The Kingfisher Bay Barge and the Fraser Venture barge both depart from River Heads to Fraser Island.
Access to the famous Fraser Island is only a short 30 or 45 minute barge trip linking the mainland with Wanggoolba Creek & Kingfisher Bay Resort
For more information on Fraser Island Ferries please CLICK HERE
For information on Kingfisher Bay Resort please CLICK HERE
The area is rich in birdlife, wildlife, marine life and natural vegetation and enjoys majestic sunrise and sunset views.
The boat ramps at River Heads are suitable for launching a wide range of boats and there is ample car parking provided for cars and trailers. The rock fishing 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.
River Heads have a very active fishing club, their website can be found HERE
COVERAGE OF OUR RADIO STATION
Tourist FM Radio will hopefully cover all the areas shown in the photo below with it’s FM transmissions – From Urangan to the tip of River Heads
For more information on the area please look at the River Heads Progress Association website which is updated regularly by CLICKING HERE
The Booral Community Association (New) website can be found by CLICKING HERE