Hervey Bay State High School

Three reasons to choose us

  1. ​​​English language and Australian learning opportunities supported by state-of-the-art facilities
  2. Wide ranging curriculum offerings delivered by caring and dynamic staff​
  3. Community based extracurricular activities on the doorstep of Fraser Island
Three students playing basketball Students with goats Students wearing hats outside

Principal's welcome

As a keen traveller I am always grateful for the opportunity to spend time living in another country. Not only do you learn a great deal about another culture, you learn a lot about yourself, so congratulations for choosing to challenge yourself in pursuit of this kind of experience.

At Hervey Bay State High School we pride ourselves on being a school where everyone is welcomed. We focus on helping you to reach your full academic potential and to develop global citizenship skills, social confidence and responsibility.

Our school environment encourages intellectual curiosity, independent thought and effective learning habits, and we treat students as individuals with potential, unique strengths and interests. I believe that as a school we can add value by supporting you to achieve in an inclusive community in which all students feel challenged, valued and successful.

We look forward to meeting you and making your Australian experience enjoyable.

School overview

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Hervey Bay State High School is located on the stunning Queensland coast, with whales almost on the doorstep and close to World Heritage listed K'Gari (Fraser Island), enabling us to provide a wide range of learning and life experiences.

Hervey Bay has direct flight connections to Brisbane and Sydney and the school is close to shops, transport, beaches and entertainment.

Our teaching programs are a balanced and innovative blend of literacy, numeracy and technology delivered in spacious, contemporary classrooms.

The school’s modern sports precinct, creative arts complex, science labs, Certificate IV Standard Kitchens, workin​g agricultural farm and extensive choice of extracurricular programs give you the opportunity to expand your Australian experience at school and in the wider community.

EQI programs offered

High School
Regional Study Abroad

Special programs

  • School Leadership programs
  • Extensive selection of Certificate qualifications​
  • Purposeful support programs for social and emotional engagement and wellbeing​​
  • English literacy focus
  • Agricultural science and animal husbandry
  • Marine studies and aquatic practices ​– including a trip to Wallaginji (Lady Musgrave Island)
  • Academic Program of Excellence (APEX)
  • Specialist academies
  • Project-based learning for 21st century technology skills – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Performing arts program
  • Chinese language, biannual study tour and sister school
  • Business and tourism study pathway

Extracurricular activities

  • Homework program
  • Incentive days and school camps
  • Activities and tripe for international students
  • Lunch and Learn activities for students
  • Sports teams (including basketball)
  • Cattle show team
  • Human powered vehicle (HPV) race team
  • Kokoda hiking challenge
  • Dance, drama and music groups

School facilities

  • State-of-the-art sports precinct and gym
  • Technology workshops
  • Spacious and modern learning spaces
  • Hospitality kitchens
  • Agriculture and environmental centre
  • Creative arts complex
  • Teen life-skills centre
  • Inclusive education centre

Tertiary pathways

  • Connectivity and partnerships with University of Sunshine Coast – adjacent to the school
  • TAFE Queensland pathways


  • ​Chinese​

Homestay and accommodation

By living with an Australian host family international students become part of the local community and have a fantastic opportunity to practise their English in a safe and caring home environment.

Students have their own bedroom with study facilities, three meals a day, and access to transport to and from school, and to school activities.

Read more about homestay and accommodation options.

Holiday adventure programs

Holiday adventure programs are an exciting and safe way for students to travel and sightsee during school holidays.

All holiday adventures are fully guided and escorted by qualified teachers and staff to ensure student safety.

Find out more about our holiday adventure programs.

Contact details


The information and data in this webpage is subject to change without notice. Before submitting your application, if you are interested in:

  • a particular subject, sport, program or extracurricular activity offered by an EQI school; or
  • particular school facilities;

please contact EQI or the school directly to confirm it will be offered and/or available in the year you intend to study.

Last updated 29 May 2023