THE rape of a woman at Torquay Beach has prompted police to urge partygoers not to walk home alone from local pubs.
A 33-year-old woman had been drinking at the Viper Niteclub on the Esplanade, when she ventured across the road and was attacked by an unknown offender early on Saturday.
She phoned a friend to raise the alarm about 5am and was taken to the Hervey Bay Hospital.
Results of a medical examination were sent away for forensic testing.
Security footage had been taken from a number of nearby businesses and was last night being reviewed by police.
Detective Sergeant Mick Polit said while he could not yet detail the woman's injuries, she remained "heavily traumatised" by the attack.
He said the circumstances in which the woman was trageted had provided an unfortunate reminder that there was safety in numbers and pleaded with women planning a night out to ensure they were always in the company of someone sober.
Anyone with information can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.