Top 5 Places to Enjoy the Romance of Resort Retirement in Sunny Australia

Post by Sharon Freeman, freelance Australian writer and blogger

When you think of Australia, whether you are from here or elsewhere, the tendency is to think of a bright and sunny place with rolling deserts, exotic plants, wildlife and endless beautiful beaches. With more and more seniors enjoying active lifestyles well into retirement, there is a new kind of retirement community beginning to gain momentum, known as the ‘retirement resort.’

With all the amenities and enjoyment of a permanent vacation combined with that perfect Australian weather, some of the best new resorts up and down the East and West coasts are made for those 50 and over. Check our recommendations of the retirement resorts in the country.

1) The National Lifestyle Villages

Located in West Busselton, Western Australia is the Busselton at the Bay retirement resort. This resort is owned by the National Lifestyle Villages and only a short drive or pleasant walk from the town centre.

Unlike yesteryear’s retirement facilities designed for 65-and-overs, those operated by National Lifestyle Villages are designed for people aged 45 and up. This young and fun vibe is great for hanging out by the pool, playing tennis, having BBQs or beverages in the outdoor entertaining area or relaxing in the spa. Enjoy the surrounding natural environment of Geographe Bay, Naturaliste and area attractions like Margaret River Vineyards and the Busselton Jetty.

2) Lifestyle

Taking the idea of ‘resort living’ very literally, Lifestyle has a handful of top retirement resorts both existing and in-development across the country.

Victoria offers one of the best retirement experiences and the Lifestyle Warragul retirement resort is one of them. Mixing a ‘Country Club’ environment with resort amenities, Warragul offers a spectacular rural setting an easy drive outside of happening metropolis, Melbourne. Enjoy an active lifestyle with the bowling greens, gymnasium, billiards room, tennis courts and even dance floor! Choose from a range of custom-made 1 and 2 bedroom homes for ultimate comfort and relaxation at home. Just south of the Sunshine Coast, this is a Queensland retirement dream!

3) IRT Parklands Currimundi

For those retires who like the beach, bush and bustle of the city all in one centrally located resort retirement community, Currimundi is the best option.

Currimundi has beautiful world-class beaches and only less than an hour’s drive away from Brisbane. Heading to the west, you can enjoy the serenity of the Glasshouse Mountains and surrounding National Parks. Even without leaving home, residents here live amongst a rainforest habitat and enjoy seeing the natural wildlife wandering the grounds on a daily basis. A unique feature here is the availability of 3 bedroom homes, whereas many retirement resorts offer only 1 and 2 bedroom units. This is great for visiting family and friends. Residents here must be over 50 and pets are allowed.

4) Crighton Lifestyle Resorts

If you aren’t quite ready to retire, it might be worth waiting for The Hermitage Lifestyle Resort- Tea Gardens.

Located just north of Sydney and between two top-touring destinations of Sydney and Byron Bay, this New South Wales retirement village already has several stages completed and more phases to come. Retirees who enjoy golf will love the chance to play a round at the top-tier country club while enjoying the scenery of Waterlilly Lake. For an extra touch of luxury and romance, take a stroll through the “Monet”-inspired grounds and gardens. Check out the newsletter on the official Hermitage website for an idea of what is going on in the community and with the development.

5) Palm Lake Resort Deception Bay

You can find this little gem, the Palm Lake Resort, on the beautiful Deception Bay in Queensland. The resort is truly designed for retirees who want a quiet retirement and those who want to continue enjoying an active lifestyle.

In addition to the usual pools (indoor and outdoor), bowling greens and tennis courts, this retirement resort features a croquet lawn, craft room and handyman work shop. If you are more interested in molding your mind than working with your hands, there are other facilities – a full library and a computer room. If you’re more musically-inclined, enjoy the baby grand piano in the clubhouse. Located right on the water, many residents own watercraft or enjoy dining, shopping and nightlife in town.

Sharon Freeman is an Australian freelance writer and blogger. Since 2007, she has been writing about buying, selling, renting real estate and articles for companies like