Scarness is a suburb of Hervey Bay in southeast Queensland, just over 2km from the city itself, 3 ½ hour’s drive north of Brisbane and 30 mins drive north-east of Maryborough. It is under the administrative control of the Fraser Coast Regional Council.
The area has a subtropical climate, with comparatively low rainfall. The local economy relies on tourism, for which whale watching, Fraser Island and Lady Elliot Island, and Hervey Bay's calm beaches are the major drawcards. It is one of the fastest growing cities in Australia.
Despite Hervey Bay's growing popularity, no plans have been made for a new railway line to be extended into the city. Hervey Bay is serviced by the high speed Tilt Train which has connections from Maryborough West or nearby Howard. The city is served by the Hervey Bay Airport, with direct flights from Brisbane and Sydney.
Scarness is served by several schools in Hervey Bay, including both a special school and two private schools. At the secondary school level there are two state high schools and two private secondary schools. Hervey Bay has two higher education institutes, a campus of the University of Southern Queensland and the Wide Bay Tafe.
Scarness is served by hospitals in Hervey Bay and Maryborough.