I lived in H'Bay for 24yrs, but for the past yr & a bit I've been elsewhere.
There are quite a lot of daycares & schools, so it may depend on which area you guys will be living. When I was there, there wasn't any particular school that stood out as being 'the best' or 'worst', which is great. I went to Pialba primary & that was a terrific school. If you're after a private school, I probably would recommend Fraser Coast Anglican College. As for daycares, I heard the ABC on Boat Harbour Drive Urangan was quite good, its only a few years old now.
There are loads of activites/sports for kids. Contact the PCYC on O'Rourke st behind Boat Harbour Dve at Pialba for the indoor stuff (basketball, netball, soccer etc) 4124 5211. Outdoor stuff, most of it is located on Tavistock st at Torquay, right near the aquatic centre. Theres also skating at Newhaven Gym Urangan.
With a new bub on the way, you might like to get in contact with the Health Nurse across the rd from Woolworths at Pialba. They can set you up in a mothers group once you've had the bub, great if you don't know anyone & want to make friends. The H'Bay hospital delivered my first child, & they were great. The hospital is lovely. Don't hesitate chasing up your midwifes in your stay at the hospital, they get really busy there & sometimes forget you!! That's if you're having your bub there though.
Its a great little city & I hope you settle in ok. I'm sure you'll get great use out of the beach, there's no surf so its great for the littlies. Shelley Beach was my fav as it wasn't crowed with people. Torquay beach was the next best, but that's where alot of people go.
Anyway, if you want to ask anymore questions you can contact me on email@example.com if you like.
Carlie, Ella & Ky