Figuring out where you want to live when you retire isn’t an easy decision. You’ll need to factor in lifestyle, as well as access to leisure and medical facilities, amenities, and transport connections. Being close to children and grandchildren in retirement years is also important for over 60s. We take a look at a few of the popular places to retire that could tick all your boxes.
Sunshine Coast, QLD
Queensland is a popular choice for retirees, especially places like the Sunshine Coast because it has great beaches and awesome weather year round. Suburbs such as Noosa, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Caloundra offer a relaxed community feel with a range of housing options, excellent facilities and amenities, and aren’t too off the beaten track if you have family in Brisbane, just an hour’s drive south.
Hunter Valley, NSW
What better place to retire than a valley full of wineries? If you’re a wine connoisseur or into gourmet food then moving to Hunter Valley is a logical choice. Its proximity to Newcastle and Sydney also makes it an attractive retirement spot for those who have family in these urban hubs, or for accessing airports if you’re planning on some international travel. There are also plenty of amenities and leisure pursuits for over 60s, including some stunning golf courses.
Mornington Peninsula, VIC
Another favourite haunt for retirees is the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. You can take your pick of quiet, seaside villages to retreat to, and the coastline offers scenic walks galore especially around Port Phillip Bay, Bass Strait and Western Port Bay. If you like markets and organic produce, then you’ll be spoiled for choice with many artisan food producers dotted all over the peninsula. It also offers quick access to Melbourne, in just under an hour’s drive.
Copper Coast, SA
A two-hour drive north-west from Adelaide are the friendly towns of Kadina, Wallaroo and Moonta, heritage mining towns collectively known as the Copper Coast. There is a thriving retirement population here who enjoy the country way of life, the beaches, golf and community spirit. You won’t need to trek to the big city for medical services, supermarkets or facilities either as everything you need is on hand.
Huon Valley, TAS
If you’re after natural beauty, cooler climes and friendly locals, then check out the Huon Valley in Tasmania. Just a 40-minute drive from Hobart, affordable housing and the local feel of the Huon Valley has many retirees taking another look at settling in Tasmania. Townships such as Port Huon, Cygnet, Glen Huon and Huonville, are some of the charming spots that are attracting the over 60s for their beautiful scenery and low cost of living.
Glenis Phillips SF FIN – Designer of Financial Mappers