Torquay is a coastal suburb in Hervey Bay in the Fraser Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Torquay had a population of 6,316 people.[1]


Torquay is located 298 kilometres (185 mi) north of Brisbane. Torquay is one of five beachside suburbs in Hervey Bay that is made up of primarily residential homes with some tourist accommodation in apartment buildings.


The name Torquay might appear to be a reference to the English seaside town of Torquay, but its origins are believed to be a corruption of Kabi language words dhakki-talbur, reduced to dhakki meaning either a place of short stones, a rocky reef or a stone axe. The similarity of the sound of the word probably gave rise to the English-town spelling.[2]

Torquay Provisional School opened on 21 January 1901. On 1 January 1909 it became Torquay State School.[3]

The Pialba-to-Urangan section of the Hervey Bay railway opened in 19 December 1913 with Torquay railway station (25°17′22″S 152°52′11″E / 25.2895°S 152.8696°E / -25.2895; 152.8696 (Torquay railway station)) serving the local area.[4] The line closed on 30 June 1993.[5][6] The railway station site has been redeveloped as housing.[7]

All Souls' Anglican Church opened in 1968. It closed circa 1988.[8]

Star of the Sea Catholic School opened on 23 January 1984.[3]

In the 2006 census Torquay had a population of 5,693 people.[9]

In the 2016 census, Torquay had a population of 6,316 people.[1]


Torquay State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Tavistock Street (25°17′16″S 152°51′54″E / 25.2877°S 152.8649°E / -25.2877; 152.8649 (Torquay State School)).[10][11] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 441 students with 36 teachers (31 full-time equivalent) and 25 non-teaching staff (15 full-time equivalent).[12] It includes a special education program.[10][13]

Star of the Sea Catholic School is a Catholic primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Hughes Road (25°18′25″S 152°52′26″E / 25.3069°S 152.8739°E / -25.3069; 152.8739 (Star of the Sea Catholic School)).[10][14] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 349 students with 23 teachers (20 full-time equivalent) and 18 non-teaching staff (9 full-time equivalent).[12]

There is no secondary school in Torquay. The nearest secondary school is Urangan State High School just across the border to neighbouring Urangan to the east.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Torquay (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Torquay – suburb in Fraser Coast Region (entry 46684)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  3. ^ a b Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  4. ^ Kerr, John (1990). Triumph of narrow gauge : a history of Queensland Railways. Boolarong Publications. p. 225. ISBN 978-0-86439-102-5.
  5. ^ "Railway History". Bay Connect. Archived from the original on 29 November 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2010.
  6. ^ "Hervey Bay – Links Mobility Corridor – Trail Description". Rail Trails Australia. Archived from the original on 21 February 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2010.
  7. ^ a b "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  8. ^ Anglican Church of Southern Queensland. "Closed Churches". Archived from the original on 3 April 2019. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  9. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Torquay (Hervey Bay City) (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 June 2008. Map
  10. ^ a b c "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Torquay State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  12. ^ a b "ACARA School Profile 2018". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Torquay SS - Special Education Program". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Star of the Sea Catholic School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.

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