The card game 500 is known as Australia's National Card Game even though it originated in the United Statesaround the year 1900. It has similarities to euchre and bridge in that it is a trick scoring game.

The game is usually played by 4 players with two of the players acting as partners who work together to beat the other two players who are also partners. The game can also be played with three, five or six players with rule variations. At Hervey Bay Sixty & Better, we do not play for money although the "sheep stations" can cause some hilarity.

At Hervey Bay Sixty & Better our afternoon card group can vary from twelve to twenty-four players depending on people's availability, with things such as holidays, health issues and family commitments impacting on attendance. New members and those who are not sure if they remember how to play are welcome to join us and once we have helped them and explained the game to them, they can join in and enjoy a fun filled afternoon.

We occasionally have other groups from nearby areas join us for the afternoon and it is always interesting to compare notes and rules of play.

Many of the card players also enjoy other activities and services provided by Hervey Bay Sixty & Better such as bus trips away, special lunches and interesting guest speakers to name a few. Interested parties are welcome to come along any Monday and Wednesday afternoons to see for themselves the card game 500.


Monday & Wednesday, 12:30pm to 3:30pm
(3rd Monday of the month in the Gazebo)


$4.00 Members


Beginners can have lots of fun drawing with pencil, charcoal and pen and ink, progress to watercolours, acrylics and oil painting, learn layout, perspective and methods.

Come and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and have fun with art.

There is always time for an afternoon tea break.

So why not join us,



Thursday 1:00pm to 4:00pm


$5.00 Members




1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month 8:30am to 11:30am


$4.00 Members



Just to give you a little information on our craft group.
We meet every Monday (excluding public holidays)

We're only a small group at present. At most, when we all attend, there are 10 of us and we are always willing to welcome newcomers with open arms.

We're a friendly bunch and we not only create great crafts but we get into quite a lot of friendly chatter and solve the world's and our ageing health problems...ha ha.

We've covered many crafts, some being - chicken scratching, plastic canvas needle cases, decorated tins for gifts, stocking and material flowers, "GREAT for putting on your shopping bags", many varied cards, quilling, jewellery making, etc. etc.

We always encourage our ladies to let us know if they are interedsted in learning anything new (we may not have this far introduced) and we will endeavour to get someone along who can teach us to do whatever it be.

We have chaned our format a little to oblige the people who have unfinished items sitting at home and encourage them (perhaps once a month) to bring some along and finish the project whilst in the company of friends.

Sp if you're feeling crafty, please feel free to join us - you will be most welcome and we could use some new ideas.

Looking forward to seeing you!


Monday 9:00am to 12:00 noon


$4.00 Members



The TUESDAY guitar group is a pathway for people who want to develop their guitar skills and technique, not just strumming a few chords, but playing their instrument and making it sound something special. Although the guitar group is primarily aimed at providing instrumental arrangements of all genres and music, people have been known to burst into song, given the chance!

Basic chord structures and progressions are obviously the initial building blocks for guitar playing and that is just a start. Very little music theory is taught as the object is to play that guitar. You will learn a multitude of different rhythms, boogie riffs, famous guitar licks, beautiful melodies and much, much more.

You will learn to play music from around the world, from Peru to Greece, from Brazil to Cuba with maybe the odd Beatles song thrown in for good measure.

The group is a fun group to be with. All abilities are catered for, everyone involved in playing has something to offer as you will be part of the "band", and you will never feel left out. Many guitar secrets will be shown.

So come along, let your hair down and join a great bunch of like-minded people who enjoy playing music, a guaranteed cure for all ailments.

The THURSDAY Guitar group started late in 2016 as a teaching workshop for beginners to more advanced players. It has since evolved into a "band" of enthusiastic lovers of the instrument, playing all genres of music with varied skill levels and having fun in the process. The emphasis is on learning to play in a group situation, strumming pattern, timing, chord progressions and ear training.

We don't read music, we aren't professional teachers of guitar but we assist in developing good techniques, how to practice and basic theory, vocals, transposing keys etc.

Should you be an advanced player and want to help, feel free to come along, we all leave our egos at home!

There are no Eric Claptons or Django Reinhsardts in our group, but we do make good music and have lot of fun.

Come along and watch, bring your guitar and see if this is for you!!


Tuesday 9:00am to 12:30pm
Thursday 12:30pm to 3:30pm


$4.00 Members



Hand and Foot is a card game invented in North America, which is often compared to Canasta. The objective of the game is to get rid of the two sets of cards in your hand, known as the hand and the foot.

If you are keen to learn, you are most welcome to come and join us for a lot of fun and laughter.


Thursday 10:00am to 3:45pm


$4.00 Members



Mah Jong is a traditional Chinese game which has been adopted with great enthusiasm by western nations. The MahJong game on your computer is a very simple game of pairs and what we play is a more involved combination of tiles.

It is a fast moving and exciting game which is easy to learn, yet has intricacies which provide great enjoyment to experienced players.

The game of Mah Jong is played with 144 tiles set up on the table in a square 2 tiles high and a8 tiles long on each side. There are three suits (Bamboos, Circles and Characters) numbered 1 to 9 and a set of honour tiles made up of winds (East, South, West amd North) and 3 dragon tiles (green, red and white). Also there are 8 tiles known as flower tiles.

The main objective of the game being to complete a hand containing 14 tiles from the wall or from discards throughout the game to achieve the tiles that are need for a hand.

A dice is needed for deciding who is going to start and which wall on the table is going to be Broken. The players at Hervey Bay Sixty & Better all use a book called "The Mah Jong players Companion" which has a large collection of hands to be used for playing the game.

Why not come along, meet a new group of people having an enjoyable time and get Hooked on Mah Jong.


Friday 9:00am to 12:00 noon


$4.00 Members



Our Patchwork & Quilting Group is a friendly gathering of enthusiastic members who share a love of the various aspects of Patchwork. We meet weekly to work on a range of projects of our own choice and generously share ideas with each other, whilst enjoying the social contact.

This group is very well-equipped with several sewing machines, rotary cutters, cutting mats, quilting rulers, embroidery threads, sewing thread and some donated fabric. In addition, we have a large range of Patchwork magazines and patterns available for borrowing, as well as templates for Applique and designs for Embroidery. Each member's individual interests are catered for.

An "optional extra" group activity involves making baby quilts for the Neo-natal Nursery at the Hervey Bay Hospital. These are small quilts made without batting and backed with soft flanelette. Recently, the group has begun making "comfort" quilts for young children in hospital. These are made with traditional techniques - cotton batting, plus hand or machine quilting.

This group has a range of donated fabric for this purpose. Whilst there is no pressure to participate in the project, many members enjoy making these small quilts.

As well as the opportunity to make a contribution to our community, this also gives us scope to learn new Patchwork blocks and various techniques of Applique and Embroidery.

Newcomers with an interest in Patchwork & Quilting are always welcome. We would love you to come along and share your experience with Patchwork. On the other hand, if you are interested in learning a new sewing crafr, you are welcome to come along and see what we are doing. Individual help with getting started is available if needed.

Patchwork & Quilting at Hervey Bay Sixty & Better offers a wide variety of sewing techniques and projects both small and large to enjoy.

There is certainly no need to be bored!


Thursday 9:00am to 11:30am


$4.00 Members



Scrabble is a fun, classic word game. The object of the game is to get the most points by playing words on a board that you connect to words created by your fellow players.

To play Scrabble, you need at least one other player. You will also need an official Scrabble board with all of its components. As you play the game, you create words, rack up points, challenge your opponents, and even exchange tiles if yours are not working for you. All the while, a scorekeeper tallies up each player's points to determine who will win at the end of the game.

Come along and have a go.


Tuesday 9:00am to 12:00am


$4.00 Members



As played in hotels, clubs and casinos around the world.

Easy to learn or to quote Mike Sexton from the WPT (World Poker Toup) "It takes a minute to learn and a Lifetime to Master".

You can see games from past tournaments on You Tube. (Search "Poker" on You Tube.

Played in the "Card Room" at Hervey Bay Sixty & Better


Monday 12:30pm to 3:00 pm


$4.00 Members


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