Ah, Ormeau. My lovely home. Probably yours too, if you’re on this page and reading this blog.
What a fantastic place we live in! The sense of community here is so strong – and I know that you could probably say that about most communities within Australia, but I believe Ormeau is the best. Okay, so I’m clearly biased – is that so bad?
For those that don’t know, or are looking for information on the area, Ormeau is 49 km south of the Brisbane CBD, and a suburb in the City of Gold Coast in Queensland.
A well known fact is that the current name of the town came from the estate of a sugar planter, one Major Alexander Jenyns Boyd, in the 1860’s. As his wife Isabella was born at Ormeau Road in Belfast, their estate was named Ormeau house and is French for ‘young elm’.
The original native name for Ormeau was ‘Nulgul’, which means Dingo. Hmm. The names are definite polar opposites!
Ormeau has long been known for large homes in rural settings – and why not? The countryside that surrounds us is amazingly beautiful. Who wouldn’t want to live here? There are also multiple housing developments to suit first home buyers – meaning that if you are looking for somewhere to raise the family, you’ve found it. And us – yes, that community I mentioned before.
We are close enough to Brisbane that people can commute, and we are close enough to the Gold Coast CBD that we can experience all that this beautiful area of Queensland has to offer. As you always hear in real estate, Location, Location Location!
Ormeau even has a ghost story, about a well-educated character named Dick Edwards, who apparently haunted the Pimpana Hotel back in 1878. I can’t say for certain whether he’s still in the area or not, but I’m sure some minor sleuthing could clear that up. Just nowhere near Halloween. Or after 5.00PM. Or alone. Or…. Maybe not.
Other less, little known facts only come about from the locals. Such as knowing that Angie and Courtney from Oasis Storage run one of the cleanest and organised storage facilities I’ve ever seen. Or that Bruce and Willow from The Lucky Charm not only stock all of the usual newsagency items, they also have a fantastic gift ware range (handy to know while we’re heading up to Mother’s Day).
There is a reason that I call Ormeau my lovely home. Because it is. And I hope you view it the same way. And if you’re visiting this page and don’t live in the area? Move! Move Here Now! It’s so worth it! (And you can tell I truly believe this by an excessive use of CaPiTaL LeTtErS!!).
Until next time,