Elliott Heads, Queensland

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Elliott Heads
Elliott Heads is located in Queensland
Elliott Heads
Elliott Heads
Coordinates24°54′43″S 152°29′25″E / 24.9119°S 152.4902°E / -24.9119; 152.4902Coordinates: 24°54′43″S 152°29′25″E / 24.9119°S 152.4902°E / -24.9119; 152.4902
Population1,040 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density83.2/km2 (215.5/sq mi)
Area12.5 km2 (4.8 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)Bundaberg Region
State electorate(s)Burnett
Federal Division(s)Hinkler
Localities around Elliott Heads:
Woongarra Innes Park Coral Cove
Calavos Elliott Heads Coral Sea
Calavos Coonarr Coral Sea

Elliott Heads is a rural town and locality in the Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Elliott Heads had a population of 1,040 people.[1]


The town is located at the mouth of the Elliott River, 359 kilometres (223 mi) north of the state capital, Brisbane.[4]

Elliott Heads is surrounded by small crop and sugarcane farms.


The district was officially known as Springfield until it was renamed Elliott Heads on 1 November 1967 by the Queensland Place Names Board.[2] The name refers to the area being at the mouth of the Elliott River where it flows into the Coral Sea. The river in turn takes its name from Gilbert Eliott (1796-1871) (note spelling) public servant, pastoralist and politician, Speaker of Queensland Legislative Assembly 1860-70, Member for Wide Bay 1860-70.

Elliott Heads Post Office opened by January 1952 and closed in 1986.[5]

The original Elliott Heads Kiosk, a small café located on the esplanade next to the Elliott River mouth, closed down on 15 July 2014 and the Driftwood café opened nearby on 4 September 2014.[6][7]

Airy Park State School (sometimes spelled Airey Park) opened on 16 January 1913.[8] The name of the school was changed to Elliott Heads State School on 23 March 1967.[9][10]

The Elliott Heads Bowls Club was opened on 12 June 1976.[11]


Elliott Heads is a popular recreation area, offering both surf and stillwater areas for swimming, fishing, sailboarding, jet skiing, stand-up paddleboarding and other water activities. The Elliott Heads Bowls Club offers bowling greens, pokies, meals and drinks.[11] There is a popular caravan park next to the surf beach with amenities.[12] The local Surf Life Saving Club is located near the surf beach. The Driftwood Café serves food and drink, and is located next to the mouth of the river. There is also a general store which sells food and other items.


Elliott Heads State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 143 Breusch Road (24°54′26″S 152°28′32″E / 24.9072°S 152.4756°E / -24.9072; 152.4756 (Elliott Heads State School)).[13][14] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 103 students with 8 teachers (7 full-time equivalent) and 10 non-teaching staff (5 full-time equivalent).[15]

There are no secondary schools in Elliott Heads; the nearest is in Kepnock (16.3 kilometres (10.1 mi) away) and there are other options in Bundaberg.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Elliott Heads (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Elliott Heads – town in Bundaberg Region (entry 44230)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Elliott Heads – locality in Bundaberg Region (entry 47285)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Elliott Heads". Shire of Burnett. Archived from the original on 4 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-19.
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Elliott Heads kiosk nearing completion". News Mail. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Driftwood Café and Kiosk open for business | Bundaberg Regional Council". www.bundaberg.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Airy Park State School". elliottheadsss.eq.edu.au. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Elliott Heads State School". elliottheadsss.eq.edu.au. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  10. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  11. ^ a b "Elliott Heads Bowls Club - Home". 6 March 2016. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Elliott Heads Holiday Park - where the river meets the sea | Bundaberg Holiday Parks". www.bundabergholidayparks.com.au. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  13. ^ "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Elliott Heads State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  15. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.

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