What makes a great retirement town?
- Medical facilities
- Arts and activities
- Natural beauty
- Cost of living
- Access to retirement style housing
Hervey Bay, a coastal city in southern Queensland, is widely known as a site for observing humpback whales and it’s perfect climate. It is said that Hervey Bay averages a temperature of around 26 degrees celsius (78 Fahrenheit) all year round. Hervey Bay is a city in the Fraser Coast Region of Queensland, Australia. The city is situated approximately 290 kilometres (180 mi) or 3½ hours highway drive north of the state capital, Brisbane. It is located in the opening to the Coral Sea, as part of the mainland of Queensland and protected from World Heritage Listed Fraser Island.
Hervey Bay is a retirement hotspot due to its wonderful temperature, access to state of the art medical facilities and beautiful natural wonders. There is many options in Hervey Bay for lifestyle living and retirement style housing.
Essentially a string of interconnected villages – Urangan, Torquay, Scarness, Pialba and Point Vernon – Hervey Bay sprawls along the shoreline in a series of small shopping centres and a seemingly endless run of holiday units, motels, caravan parks and flats. A true holiday suburban city.
The Urangan Pier– Stretching 868 metres out into the sea (it was originally 1107 metres long) and now over 100 years old, the Urangan Pier was originally built to create a deep water facility which could ship sugar, timber and coal from Hervey Bay.
Whale Watching– Hervey Bay’s status as one of the best whale-watching destinations in the world was officially recognised in October 2019 when the region was chosen as the first Whale Heritage Site declared by the London-based World Cetacean Alliance. Humpback whales use the calm, protected waters around Fraser Island as a calf kindergarten to teach their young how to adult. From flip slaps and blowhole spurts to full, 40-tonne out-of-water aerial displays.
The Fraser Coast has been a retirement hotspot for some time, even though only a quarter of the population is over 65. With close to 900 people aged over 45 deciding to make the move there from other parts of Australia in 2017/18, it’s now the fourth most popular retirement destination in the entire country.
Mornington Penisula, Queensland
The Mornington Peninsula is just over a one-hour drive south of Melbourne. It is surrounded by Port Phillip to the west, Western Port to the east and Bass Strait to the south, and is connected to the mainland in the north. Geographically, the peninsula begins its protrusion from the mainland in the area between Pearcedale and an area south of Frankston. The Mornington Peninsula is a wonderful place to live. There are excellent schools and recreational facilities. Not only is access to the Peninsula Health sites easy, but living on the Peninsula offers beautiful beaches and an enviable lifestyle. Mornington hosts great Beaches, Walking Tracks & Parks, short drive to World Class Golf Courses, Wineries & Outstanding Schools. The town offers a plethora of Restaurants & Cafes. Mornington is a slightly premium option when it comes to cost of living.
The Mornington Peninsula is home to more than 50 cellar doors. Pinot noir and chardonnay are the region’s specialties, however shiraz, pinot gris and pinot grigio are beginning to share the spotlight.
Operating from the coastal village of Sorrento, Moonraker Seal and Dolphin Swims will take you out into Port Phillip Bay. Or replenish and rejuvenate among the natural hot springs at this award-winning coastal oasi around Mornington. Steam baths, plunge pools, saunas, family bathing area and natural skin treatments are all available.
Mornington has access to the calm waters of Port Phillip Bay or head out the back to the surf beaches of Victoria such as Gunnamatta
Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Comprising the towns of Mooloolaba, Caloundra, Coolum and Maroochydore, the Sunshine Coast has a relaxed community atmosphere, local airport, beautiful beaches and year-round sunshine. It’s quiet and peaceful with more national parks than any other area in Queensland, but is still close to Brisbane, and has great dining options.
Prices can range from about $500,000 to $2 million, or if you’re not wanting to buy, there’s plenty of rentals available too. You’ve also got a pick of retirement villages, with a number of affordable options close to amenities. An hour’s drive north of Brisbane, it’s a great place to base yourself that’s quiet and peaceful, but not too far out of the way that you can’t easily visit family in other parts of the country.
A favourite area with retirees, it’s hard to separate Coolangatta and Tweed Heads, the neighbouring towns on the Queensland/New South Wales border. Much quieter than its glitzy cousin, Surfer’s Paradise, Coolangatta has a relaxed and friendly vibe that’s easily accessible to all parts of Australia, with the nearby airport.
Good shopping centres, close proximity to leisure and entertainment options, and plenty of community groups, clubs and associations to get involved in, this area has everything an over-60 could want. The popular Twin Towns club is beloved by retirees on both sides of the Queensland/New South Wales border, with affordable dining, entertainment (in the form of classic film showings and live music), live bands for dancing, and let’s not forget the great views of the Tweed River!
Unlike the glitter strip of the Gold Coast, which can get a little noisy when school leavers descend on Surfer’s Paradise and surrounds, Tweed Heads is relaxed, peaceful and an ideal retirement spot for many. Between Tweed Heads and Coffs Harbour, as well as further south towards Foster-Tuncurry, Aussie retirees are spoilt for choice. If you’re looking in this area, take a few days and go for a drive to find a place that feels right for you.
Adelaide Hills, South Australia
The Adelaide Hills lie to the east of Adelaide and start around 16 km from the CBD. It is rare for any city in the world to be able to offer a direction as simple as, follow Glen Osmond Road south east and you will soon be in the Adelaide Hills. Although you can be in the Adelaide Hills in just 20 minutes from Adelaide, it feels a world away. Part of the Mount Lofty Ranges but not far from Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills is a top wine producing region with cold nights and a generally cool climate. It’s also home to great food and several annual food and wine events. Get up close with our nature and wildlife – interact with our curious creatures and enjoy the elevated landscape, where corduroy vineyards intersect with rambling forest and steep ridges yield to rolling hills and orchards. Known for its cool-climate wines, it centres on the mountain and busy city of Mount Barker. Former German settlements include leafy Hahndorf, with its pubs and galleries, and Lobethal, famed for its handicrafts and Christmas lights.
Prior to occupation by Europeans the Adelaide Hills were home to the Peramangk Aboriginal people for at least 20,000 years. The coastline was first explored in 1802 when Matthew Flinders, during his epic circumnavigation of Australia, sailed up the coast. He sighted Mount Lofty.
Huon Valley, Tasmania
Sharing the love around Australia, you can’t forget Tasmania. If you’re love for natural beauty and open spaces can master the cooler climate you’re going to experience here, then Huon Valley is an ideal retirement spot. While many retirees opt for places with warmer weather. Outstanding natural beauty, clean air, and relatively low living costs just 20 minutes from Hobart, the Huon Valley is also known for its produce, wine and seafood. The climate is cool, but the valley gets around 300 days of sunshine a year.