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Local IGA or Mainland IGA + Delivery . . Which is Cheaper?

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Local IGA or Mainland IGA + Delivery . . Which is Cheaper?

We are travelling to Hamilton Island in Mid Jan '18 and am wondering if the prices at the IGA on the Island are noticeably more expensive than on the mainland?

Asking because debating to get IGA online + delivery to HI or just purchase groceries on the Island, dependent on how expensive island prices are compared to mainland + delivery . . . .

Have a family of 4 staying 5 x nights in an apartment, so groceries needed :-)

Thanks All

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Hamilton Island
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1. Re: Local IGA or Mainland IGA + Delivery . . Which is Cheaper?

You cannot get deliveries any longer from the IGA at Airlie Beach, according to their website. After Coles stopped delivering they were getting deliveries from the IGA at Bowen until the one on the island opened.

We always take some food with us as part of our hand luggage, even frozen meat and the like. I haven't been there since the IGA opened but we tended to find that we would over order from Coles and regret it.

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2. Re: Local IGA or Mainland IGA + Delivery . . Which is Cheaper?

Thanks Karen, greatly appreciated.

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3. Re: Local IGA or Mainland IGA + Delivery . . Which is Cheaper?

We are going at the end of January and have the same situation. However we are coming via aeroplane so can't bring much food with us. Would be interested if there is anywhere now we can order food from our is it just as reasonable to purchase from the IGA?

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4. Re: Local IGA or Mainland IGA + Delivery . . Which is Cheaper?

I found the prices at the IGA to be quite reasonable and the range pretty good for a store of its size. I also didn't find the alcohol at the bottle shop that expensive either. We travelled with 2 adults and 2 children in October 2017. We packed a carry on size bag with things like childrens non perishable favourite snacks and breakfast cereals just so we didn't run into any unexpected tantrums.

If you're travelling adults or children that aren't fussy, there is plenty of choice to make your holiday comfortable.

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5. Re: Local IGA or Mainland IGA + Delivery . . Which is Cheaper?

We just got back from HI and found the IGA prices very reasonable. Its nothing like the old HI general store which was the biggest rip off. Items maybe a 20-50c here or there dearer for some items but most within reason considering they have to transport everything from the mainland. They even run the same specials that they advertise in the mainland catalogues. The store is a good size and has a good range of stock including their generic brands like pasta etc which is very cheap. But beware that some items do run out early ie milk, eggs, mince meat etc as the store is very busy. We previously used to order from IGA Bowen but there is no point now as it is much more convenient to just buy as you need from the HI IGA. As for the adjacent bottle shop its bigger and has more stock but I found the prices much more expensive than say my local Dan Murphys. ie 6 pack corona = $25, carton = $75. Great Northern beer carton = $59. Can of Canadian club dry = $9. Not a big range in sprit bottles either and for some strange reason they were mostly 1 Litre. ie Wild Turkey = $75. So in summary forget packing food, but replace it with wine/ spirits in your carry on bags. Hope this helps.

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