Formally named in 1980, the suburb was a stopping place on the railway (1896) from Maryborough to Pialba. 'Urraween' is thought to derive from an Aboriginal expression for a place of emus. It has several schools: Hervey Bay Senior College (1964); Hervey Bay Christian Academy (1993); Yarrilee State primary school (2000); and St James Lutheran College (2003). There are also a Lutheran church next to the college, the Hervey Bay Hospital (1993) and Stockland shopping centre on the border with Pialba.