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  1. Hi there

    If you want to email me if easier, no problem:

    beckyhpritchard@yahoo.co.uk  still kept the old email!



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    Central Coast Newbie

    Yeh the school year switch can be a challenge, depending on your childs abilities I guess. My two are both March babies. My son is March 2008 and he is now in year 5 and will start year 6 next year. He's one of the younger ones, but there are younger! I think he struggles, and has extra help with some subjects. I have friends who came over and children were similar ages, one moved her son to a new school to resit year 5 to give him a better chance. I've spoken to my son about that but he's not keen. The school they're in have mixed year 5 and year 6 classes, so there is my very immature 10 year old year 5, in the same class as some older year 6 girls who can be near enough 13!! My daughter turns 9 next March and will be in year 4 then, but she is extremely bright and a high achiever so I have no concerns about her. School around Avoca/ Terrigal are all pretty good. Kincumber and Terrigal high are the main public high schools, then there are the private school, a good selection of both public and private. There are also opportunity classes at Gosford High for year 5 and 6, and selective places for high school ages. There are definitely areas to of the central coast that have poor school - think carefully about the Penisula (Woy Woy, Umina Beach) to both lives and go to school, they have a bad reputation and there is an issue with ice (drugs) on parts of the the CC. Also the north Central Coast has some poor areas. I'll pm you my email, feel free to ask anything!
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    Central Coast Newbie

    I registered my two into school and they went for the last 3 weeks of term. There are so many people on the Central Coast from the UK that you will be welcomed with open arms, trust me. People went out of their way to make us feel welcome when we first arrived!
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    Central Coast Newbie

    Hi We live in Avoca Beach, it's wonderful! We came out exactly 2 years ago from the UK, we have 2 kids aged 8 and 10 now so schools are on my radar. Avoca and Terrigal can be expensive, but we rent a 3 bedroom house with study, living area/ kitchen, one bathroom, huge garden (relative to what gardens people seem to have over here) and are 5 mins walk to Avoca Beach! We pay £550 per week. Our last rental was a 5 bed house, 2 bathroom and on the lake, so stunning views, but we paid over £900 a week. If you can glimpse the water from where you are, they add $$$$ to the rental cost! When we looked at Sydney rentals when we first arrived, I couldn't stand how much they were asking, we visited the central coast and agreed to move to the CC and my husband bite the bullet with his commute. My husband works in Sydney, Macquarie Park, and it has been gruelling for him. Macquarie park is an arse of a place to get to, he mixes driving with the train from Woy Woy. He has done it for 2 years. I don't know about Alexandria... We did look at Berowra when we first arrived, and it may be worthwhile looking there. You know, some people do it for many years - if he gets the train it will be an early start but people sleep on the train, and it's a beautiful journey on a nice day.....and on a Friday he's heading to the central coast every weekend! Awesome!! If you want to pm me I am happy to give you more info on the area. I am community Occupational Therapist on the central coast so I visit most places. There are areas to avoid for sure, but many stunning places. Good luck Becky
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    Moving to Central Coast

    Yes it's really lovely in Macmasters. We considered there too, but Avoca has more of a village feel, with places to eat and get coffee. Our friends in Mac's love it there though.
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    British passport renewal??

    thank you!!
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    British passport renewal??

    HI Just a quickie...what do I need to do to renew my sons british passport which is due to expire in a few months. We're residents but not citizens? Thanks
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    Moving to Central Coast

    Hi I live in Avoca Beach. It's beautiful around here, great great outdoors family life. Most communities are very surf/ beach orientated. Terrigal is lovely but busier, more nightlife, shops etc Copacabana is also lovely, not much to do except the beach. All have surf clubs and lot happens around these. We moved out here in 2016, husband works in Sydney but none of us wanted to live in Sydney. So husband commutes daily and it sis wearing. Lots of people from Avoca commute to Sydney bit many are able to work around thew commute and maybe work a few days at home. If you're used to London, and want the opposite then it will be perfect for you. There is hardly any nightlife and very few 'pubs' although there is a lot developing up here so things are changing. As others have said there are area to avoid and these are mainly north central coast and lower south central coast- The Penninsula (Woy Woy, Umina). Over toward Long Jetty and The Entrance does have a bad reputation too although both have a lot of positives. I'm not saying every area in these places is bad, but a lot of areas have a bad reputation for ice addicts, theft, bogans so chose carefully. There's sort of a 'bubble' that includes Avoca/ Copa, Terrigal, Wamberal, Erina, East Gosford/ Point Frederick and few other areas where the schools are good, the rent and house prices are expensive, (there are loads of Brits here). Depending on the age of your kids you may want to research hard into the schools in other areas. Gosford has a lot to offer but needs some regeneration, but on the face of it looks a nice city when you're used to the grey of the UK. Have you looked Newcastle? If you can get work there maybe consider it too? I would happily live there but my husband can't get work up there. Happy to answer any other questions, or catch up with you when you come over. Becky (we have an 8 and 10 year old) both at Avoca school and love it.
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    Just realised from an earlier message (last year) that we may be from the same part of the world- North Wales!!
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    Hi I live in Avoca Beach, which is beautiful and very expensive but still more affordable than Sydney. As a place to live Avoca, Terrigal, Macmasters, Wamberal are all great and about 20 mins from Gosford. There are lots of really nice places around Gosford. East Gosford is better than West Gosford, also Point Frederick, Point Clare etc. North Gosford has some nice locations particularly if you want some acreage (some are pricey). There is not much in the town itself, which is a bit depressing and run down but I believe there's money being spent. There's a nice looking waterfront with restaurants etc. It's definitely a good option for commuting to Sydney. The whole of the central coast is very up and coming with loads of hip new places opening, there are good and bad areas everywhere. There are plenty of Brits up here. Some parts of the Gosford and the Central Coast have a reputation for drugs problems (ice particularly) so chose carefully and research well. Generally 'coasties'are great people and it's a relaxed lifestyle choice! If you have any further questions feel free to pm me. Becky
  11. We need an a live in au pair for 2-3 weeks from around the 8th May when I will be overseas and my husband works long hours. Based in stunning Avoca Beach on the Central Coast, NSW. Kids are used to babysitters and have had an au pair before. Work is pretty routine, mainly being 'mum' to the kids (ages 8 and 10), getting them to school on time and meeting them out of school, supervising homework and getting them to after school activities. Day times are mainly free time (9.30 till 3pm) and weekends are free. Can pay $200 per week with full board and use of a car. I'm keen for a young person to apply as the kids are fun and energetic - they love kicking a ball around and playing games, hide and seek etc. Need basic household skills ie can shop and cook a family meal, and use a vacuum etc I will screen closely anyone that's interested and must have excellent references and be fluent English speaking. pm me if interested.
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    What to do on a short trip to Brisbane?

    Would the South Bank be an area to look for accommodation? Nothing fancy, like an airbnb or chalet? Which areas of Brisbane have campsites with chalets?
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    What to do on a short trip to Brisbane?

    Thanks guys, that's great- loads of good suggestions!
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    What to do on a short trip to Brisbane?

    Hi It's just for a short trip - 5 days. I think we'd prefer to explore Brisbane City itself, maybe the mountains would be good. We live on the Central Coast in NSW so are 5 mins away from stunning beaches anytime, so not desperate to be near the beach. But any suggestions for things to do in the city and/ or outer suburbs.
  15. Hi We (husband and two children ages 8 and 10) are flying up to Brisbane from NSW in 2 weeks for a 5 day trip, to have a look round and a bit of an explore. Can anyone recommend things to do, not to miss out (or definately miss out!). What areas would you be looking for accommodation in that won't make getting around too difficult. What's the best way of getting around in Brisbane? Is it worth hiring a car when we're there? What's the best thing for kids to do in Brisbane? Thank you