City comfort or countryside relaxation? Finding your balance in retirement 7

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Do you prefer the convenience of city living, or somewhere a little quieter? This month’s Featured Village offers the best of both worlds.

Living Gems Opal Gardens over 50s’ lifestyle resort sets the scene for pleasure and leisure. Do as much or as little as you wish and enjoy hassle free living in a harmonious community.

This resort is set in the in the heart of Logan Village in tranquil country surrounds within easy walking distance of shops, medical facilities and services. Public transport is at the gate and there is a resort bus.

Choose from a range of affordable free standing and duplex style two and three bedroom homes. Enjoy the resort facilities and become part of an active, friendly community.

Living Gems Opal Gardens Resort rewards hard working baby boomers with all the good things in life. There are no entry fees, exit fees or council rates. Sell at anytime and retain all of your capital gain.

This pet friendly and secure lifestyle resort is set on 18 hectares of landscaped grounds around a 6000 square metre lake, it’s a haven for birds, native wildlife and swans. Live it up at Opal Gardens. Sell the lawnmower; the onsite managers mow the front lawns.

Plan a fitness regime, walk the dog through the grounds, swim in the heated pool, play lawn bowls, tennis or croquet, work out in the gym or take up tai chi.

Practice your swing on the putting and chipping green, play snooker or darts in the games room, learn a new skill in the fully equipped workshop, enjoy a good read in the library or hone your talents in the music room.

Become a social butterfly. Meet friends in the country club; enjoy morning tea, lunch in the restaurant or cocktails at sunset. Catch a movie in the luxurious cinema, bring back the romance with dinner and a dance in the grand ballroom, have a picnic by the lake or a barbecue on the pavilion.

To find out more about the Opal Gardens Resort lifestyle visit or phone 1800 051 481 to arrange a resort tour followed by complimentary morning or afternoon tea.

Where is your ideal retirement: the city, the countryside, or somewhere in between?

This Featured Village is sponsored by Living Gems. For more information about their over 50s lifestyle resorts, please visit the Living Gems website.

Living Gems

Living Gems' award-winning communities are designed with over 50s in mind. The multi-award winning resorts feature top quality architecturally designed homes in master planned communities with five-star resort-style facilities. Live the lifestyle you deserve at Living Gems.

  1. Looks quite stunning. I love the country but will probably always live close to a city because of medical facilities.

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    • Some large country centres have all that the city does without the hustle and bustle. Wagga for instance has a new public hospital as well as a private hospital, a couple of day procedure centres and another huge one under construction. There are over 100 specialists located in Wagga covering virtually all areas. Some people say Wagga doesn’t have much to offer but after moving here 17 years ago, I would have to say unless you’re very hard to please, better places offering as much are hard to find.

    • Graham Jackaman, I guess I was thinking more of where my husband’s family come from which is Inverell. Even minor operations or to see a specialist, they have to travel some distance . I know Wagga. My husband is ex-air force. Would they have facilities there to do knee replacements?

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      • Helen they have great medical facilities in Wagga and yes they do knee replacements, I have had 2 done under Dr Andrew Regment both very successful at Calvary Hospital.I live in Griffith so it’s not far for me to go for any appointments.

  2. Why would anyone closing in on retirement want city convenience, hence 60% go nomading.

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    • I can only assume that you are all in pretty good health. The thought of being a grey nomad just doesn’t do it for me. We have a dog, and whilst I believe people travel with their animals, it would not be for me. But to each their own.

  3. A lovely idea,alas we in WA have very little to compare with this. Many of these centres are a mix of transportable type homes built on cheap land near industrial areas, and on very busy intersections ,poor facilities and cramped living accommodation,and the prices are very high,often more expensive than a 22 square home on a 800 square block.Poor value.Maybe I should move to Qld.???

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