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  1. Cookster

    Hervey Bay and surrounds

    Hi there. We have been in HB now 12 years, happy to help with any questions.
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    Hervey Bay?

    ..... snap!!!
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    Hervey Bay?

    Hi there Sharna. Dont come on here very often but just logged on and saw your comments We have been in Hervey Bay for 9 years now and still think we are the luckiest lol We have traveled all over Oz and still prefer this area. True jobs are a bit bit and miss, having said that we have a huge group of friends and i am the only one out of a job and I'm not even looking lol. Let me know if i can help in any way.
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    Moving to Hervey Bay

    Good morning Jany and Jessica, Sorry about the delay in replying, dont come on much. If I can help in any way I will. There is a large community of expats here in the bay. It is actually quite a small place and you will easily and quickly get to know your way around and meet people. What we have done in the past is have a get together at the local pub, kids aswell, and intrduce the newbies around!!! Its a good way of getting to know people and make some contacts...... As far as schools go there are two public high schools. My 2 went to Urangan High. My daughter left there 2 years ago and my son who is 17 is just finishing yr 11. They have both done very well there and my daughter achieved a very good OP score. I find it is no better or worse than UK schools. The kids seem respectful, clean and tidy, well most of them.......Makes me laugh, some of them kick their shoes off when they leave the school.... still cant get used to that!!! We live in Scarness, 8 mins walk to the beach as we have 2 dogs that like to swim most mornings. Hubby works 5 mins away and I work down the marina. Kawungan and Urraween are a little way back from the beach and you will proberly have to drive everywhere from there. We are looking at moving to Urangan or Torquay at the moment to get a smaller place and a bit closer to the beach. If you are looking at rentals in Urangan stay away from Pulgul Street as its mozzie city. Pialba is the oldest part of the town, with some good and worse streets. You will see for yourself really but on the whole there arnt any really bad areas. And to be honest you will get hooning everywhere, but the police are very good here and are clamping down on it. There seem to be plenty of rentals at very good prices, compared to the Goldie!! Shopping...... Hummmmmm Aldi, Target, Woolies, several of them, Coles, Jaybe Hifi, several surf shops.... Big w, but no Kmart, yet!!!! Anymore thoughts please PM me. Angela x
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    Moving to Hervey Bay

    Hello there. Glad your settling into the `Bay`!!! We have been here 6 years and the time has flown past. There is a large expat community here and we all socialize on a regular basis. So drop me a line if you fancy a meet up for coffee/wine, always good to meet a fellow southener!!!! Dont come on here very often so best pm me.....Regards Angela


    <p>sorry didnt reply ages ago.......... kinda stopped visiting site!!! Yes still in the4 Bay, howz it going?</p>


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    Private Members Clubs - Drinking

    Hi there, up here in Hervey Bay we have a Private Members Club. It is affiliated with Hoolihans Irish bar and is called the Hervey Bay Appreciation Society lol. We meet every Thursday after work about 5pm and put the world to rights!!!!! Membership is by invitation only and you have to fill certain critira............. a. Be a POM b. Like beer Angela x
  8. Morning, just wanted to say welcome and dont worry too much about rentals. We had no problem getting one. They do expect you to keep your animals outside, but then they do get you to fumigate the carpets and pay extra to have them de flead when you leave!!! Any questions just ask. Angela x
  9. <p>Thats great news. Sooner the better!!!!</p>

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    OMG Application being processed further

    Morning, there are loads of garages in the bay area. I get the feeling that it is who you know when it comes to getting a lot of work here. Don`t worry too much, no one I know is unemployed!!!! Anyway its a good excuse for us all to get together and have a welcome to the Bay bbq for you. Angela
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    OMG Application being processed further

    Dont panic ours said that too !!!! Hervey Bay..... Ace place. Burnt myself stupid on the beach today!!!!! Angela
  12. Sad I no. But I have now totally ran out of Bisto. So need to replenish my stocks. Question; Where can I buy it in bulk via the internet and ship it to Hervey Bay in Queensland? Ta Angela
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    Urgent need for Bisto gravy granules!!!

    Oh yes, yes , yes ,yes. I have personally know Ian for a number of hours woops years and can personally vouch for his honestly and integrity!! Oh and everything he sells in actually fat free.........Honest. Trust me, I work with animals!!!!! Angela. Ex Middlesbrough, Northampton, Canterbury Portsmouth, Adelaide.......
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    Urgent need for Bisto gravy granules!!!

    Oh I am one happy little Hector today as my Bisto arrived!!!!!!! Cheers Ian. Angela
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    Urgent need for Bisto gravy granules!!!

    Wow spooky or what!!!! Australia isnt that big after all eh? I am going to lock myself away in the loo and eat all the minstrels then tell everyone that they were out of stock!!!!! Angela
  16. <p>We are certainly enjoying it!!! We have a house in Scarness, 5 mins walk from Hoolihans!!!!!!</p>

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    Urgent need for Bisto gravy granules!!!

    Made the mistake of asking the bloody kids if they wanted anything!!!!!
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    Urgent need for Bisto gravy granules!!!

    Well that is just too much trouble!!!! Thanks Lynandsean you have just cost me $145 dollars!!!!!
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    Urgent need for Bisto gravy granules!!!

    Thanks for the link, checking it out now!!! Angela
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    Urgent need for Bisto gravy granules!!!

    Oh you little star!!!!! Can I cadge a cup full !!!!!!! Swap you for a cold one, beer that is!!!! Angela
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    Before or after ???

    This made me laugh..... My daughter went to one of the `poshest ` (thats a laugh) schools in the UK and I still had to de lice her every time she came home!!!!! And I mean every time. Angela
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    Before or after ???

    Hello there, We live in Hervey Bay and came here with no jobs, place to stay eyc..... It really is pretty easy so don`t worry. Start by emailing some of the estate agents who rent out properties. Try advantageone, thats who we went through. Also goggle short term rentals in the Bay and contat them. I know a few people who came over and stayed on the Esplanade for a few months and it wasnt very expensive, there are plenty of places. There are also a number of schools around the Bay too. My son goes to Sandy Straits Primary school and loves it. But also look at schools like Torquay Primary and Yaralee Primary on the net. There are also plenty of private schools here too. It really is just a case of having a look around the schools one day, deciding which ones and then starting a couple of days after that. It took my husband about 3 weeks to get a job. Lots of door knocking and letter writing. This is a fantastic place to live. In the last 2 months we have had long weekends in Sydney and Caloundra and really enjoyed going to busier places, but couldnt wait to get back `home`!!!! If I can be of any more help just shout. Angela
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    Nasty wife

    Well i think you are all totally disgusting!! Poor Dave is laid there on deaths door steps and all you lot can do is laugh and sneer!!! SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!! You should be showering the poor guy (hic) with compassion (hic) and warmth. His wife should also put everything else on hold ( hic) and devote herself to his every whim!!!! Ok so the wine is really starting to kicking in now!!!! Failing all above, tell him to wind his neck in and pull himself together!! The big pussy!!! Angela
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    Reccie tomorrow

    Wishing you a safe journey. Don`t forget to give us a bell when you fancy a beer in Hoolihans!!! Weather here today, beautiful, cooler at night.
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    Decision Made?!

    Hi Michelle and family, like you we did the Melbourne and Adelaide reckie a few years ago before moving and finally settled for Adeliade. As you say one of our reasons for picking SA was the seasons but we found them sooooooooo extreme. From 30 degrees one day to 18 the next that we realised after about a year that it really wasnt the Oz we were looking for. We moved up to Queensland last May and the temp is so much kinder and also as you say sooo much more laid back. Anyway I wish you luck with wherever you decide to live but bare in mind that Australia is such a large country........ Angela