These are the best places in Australia to be a boomer 18



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Whether you’re considering a tree change or are happy where you are, you’ll be interested to know that there are 21 regions in Australia where baby boomers are doing better than most.

In fact, the Regional Australia Institute says it’s time to throw away the term “baby boomer” and replace it with “super boomer” based on this cohort who are choosing to spend their Third Age in regional Australia.

The Institute has identified the 21 most rapidly ageing regions in Australia and divided them into three categories:

  • High Ageing in Place (dark blue on the map below) – regions clustered in rural areas with older age profiles that Baby Boomers are staying in. These regions are managing the transition of a large portion of their workforce into a new stage of their life while also seeking to maintain and develop their region.
  • High Aged Migration (light blue) – regions with average existing age structures that Baby Boomers are moving to, predominantly in SW Victoria and WA. These regions must engage with new residents and identify how the resources and energy they bring with them will change the community’s future.
  • Fastest Rate of Ageing (green) – regions that Baby Boomers are both staying in and moving to which are clustered along the east coast of Australia and around Adelaide. These regions are experiencing the most intense level of change. These regions must engage with new residents while also facilitating the transition of current Baby Boomers into their next stage

The light blue regions, which include Mildura in Victoria, and Bunbury in Western Australia, are the places where boomers are really thriving.

This is defined by the Institute as having opportunities to continue working, to pas on knowledge and skills through volunteering, and staying healthy, active and engaged with their community.


Take a look at the map and tell us, where does your region fit in?


How does your area compare? Do you think it is a good place to live right now? If not, what changes could be made? 

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  1. I am on Yorke Peninsula a green area. Our town seems to have a lot of former Alice Springs and other NT regional town residents retiring into the town. We retired here from Canberra our neighbours Sydney, across the road came from Alice, next to her a retired miner who’d lived all over.

  2. Tassie has the largest growing rate of ageing population so they say. It hasn’t helped me much lately, but I do love Tassie

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    • Almost let one half of my heart move me somewhere else but stayed, Fran. The other half of my heart won the day! Tassie is more than good enough. Apart from anything else, at least it has four distinct seasons (even if they might sometimes be in one day), Aurora Australia, and daylight saving.

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    • Fran, I wonder if the move to Tas is because of the cheaper housing. Most people I know want to move to more moderate climes. I’m a Tasmanian by birth, but my wife and I are looking at moving to a retirement village at Nuriootpa in SA (from Alice Springs) as we will be able to travel north to visit our kids and grandson more readily. Nuriootpa is in the midde of the Barossa Valley which will be nice too.

  3. We live in an apartment in the Brisbane CBD and love the convenience of having everything within walking distance, three forms of public transport right on our doorstep, many forms of entertainment only a short walk away and many of them free, and three gorgeous gardens/parklands only 500 metres away in any direction.
    We’ve lived here for over 11 years and always thought when my husband retired in November last year that we would sell and move to the Sunshine Coast. Now we’re finding this is perfect for our current way of life so here we stay for a while longer.

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    • similarly in Sydney 100m from the CBD – moved temporarily here for a job – now been here over 24 years and still love it – I reckon walkability is the most desirable feature – you don’t want to be one of those drivers who blacks out and drives into a convenience store !

      incidental exercise – go for a stroll, run into neighbours, stop for a chat, everything going on – all within easy walking distance – no need for a car – in fact I’m thinking of selling mine to rent out the carspace for a little extra spending money !

  4. We’re very fussy, we love Tassie, lots of land to spare, but actually we don’t want to share….
    Tourists are welcome!!!!

  5. We live in a town in northern Tassie. Everything we need day to day is within walking distance. Launceston is an easy 20 minute drive. Both of us have had unexpected health issues since moving from Adelaide 14 years ago. Our new friends in the town have been so kind and generous to us. We miss our family and friends in Adelaide, but living in Tasmania is so nice and largely free from stress. We both work part time and spend as much time as we can enjoying the beautiful countryside and the numerous activities nearby. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a healthy and happy life.

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  7. I am in Toowoomba in Queensland the Biggest Retirement Village in Australia and yes it does feel like that very retiring is all that happens here. Heaps of things for over 70’s to do not much else. We have great weather most of the time beautiful gardens that attract people to the Carnival of Flowers every September but really there isn’t much else. Public transport is a laugh and nothing on Sundays when things held aren’t available to anyone without a car. So no not a good going forward area at all. in any shape or form.

  8. I love the Gold Coast Hinterland … 2 acres of never ending gardening.. A bliss… Keeps us fit

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