As so many Queensland Starts at 60 readers will attest, the Sunshine State is a place you can truly feel at home.
It’s a state seemingly built from the ground up for new retirees, with beautiful beaches, agreeable temperatures and an enormous range of friendly communities to choose from – many refreshingly affordable.
Whether you prefer relaxation or an active lifestyle; tranquil coastal towns or convenient metropolitan hotspots; there’s bound to be somewhere you can feel truly “at home”.
If you’re still thinking about where you’d like to spend the next chapter of your life, here are some of the most popular and idyllic retirement options Queensland has to offer.
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Hervey Bay has a widespread reputation as the place to retire in Queensland, and it’s easy to see why: every day there feels like a holiday. This beautiful beachside hotspot is an absolute haven for nature lovers, with secluded beaches, scenic forest walks, and some of the world’s closest, most spectacular whale-watching opportunities.
The city itself has a brilliantly laid-back atmosphere, mixing small town comfort with larger city amenities. And thanks to its subtropical climate, it’s a thoroughly pleasant place to live all year round.
A huge number of Queensland retirees have fallen utterly in love with the Brisbane Bayside area. If you’d like a little distance from the city without feeling too “cut off”, Redcliffe offers the perfect solution: a suburban escape just a short drive from the city, but with a unique charm and identity all its own.
The Bayside area’s thriving food scene, friendly parks and beachside fish and chip shops make this the perfect place to sit back and enjoy life’s biggest pleasures.
This inner-city Brisbane suburb lets you spend your retirement however you see fit, with a lifestyle that can be as relaxed or as active as you wish. While Carina itself is peaceful and self-contained, it’s also an ideal central hub to the very best Brisbane has to offer, offering incredibly easy access to the CBD, shopping centres, parklands and medical facilities.
Not only can you enjoy Brisbane’s bustling arts scene and ever-changing culture; you can also retire with the peace of mind that you’ll always be close to the things you need.
This laid-back city is the perfect gateway to some of North Queensland’s most picturesque attractions: the Great Barrier Reef, World Heritage listed tropical rainforests, and – just a short ferry ride away – the beautifully serene Magnetic Island.
For all its larger city features, Townsville’s friendly local atmosphere brings the feeling of a smaller, more intimate town, which has proved the perfect balance for a great many Queensland retirees.
This active coastal city is surrounded by gorgeous World Heritage listed attractions: in one direction, the breathtaking Whitsundays; in another, the crystal-clear swimming holes of the Pioneer Valley.
For those who love the arts, Mackay enjoys a huge range of festivals and cultural events all year round, making it a community you can feel truly proud to call home.
If you love a smaller region with history, character and down-to-earth locals, you’ll feel right at home in Bundaberg. It’s a place to enjoy the simple things: fresh local produce, charming local galleries, friendly pubs and a true sense of belonging.
Bundaberg is surrounded by some of Queensland’s best beaches and scenic walks, meaning peace and serenity are never hard to come by.