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Best Places in Australia to Retire

Australia has so many beautiful retirement spots; where you end up settling down really comes down to how much money you have in your managed or self-managed super fund, and the kind of lifestyle you prefer. This article lists some of the retirement locations that take in the best of the city, the bush and the sea.


The Apple Isle is a stunning place and many couples who visit on fly-drive holidays end up coming back to live in retirement. The scenery is magnificent around every corner, property prices are still low compared to much of the mainland, the people are friendly by nature and nothing is very far from anything else.

Climate is not a problem either. Yes, it can get cold in winter, but, contrary to popular belief, Launceston in the north of Tasmania receives less average rainfall than Melbourne and the summers in Tassie are mild and picture-perfect.

If you like craft markets, historic buildings, sweeping coastlines and fresh local produce, Tassie could be your ideal retirement destination.

South West WA

This is the jewel in Western Australia’s crown. From the majestic coastline between Albany and Esperance to the dense forests of Manjimup and Pemberton, the south west corner of Western Australia boasts a little bit of everything.

There’s an endless array of recreational pursuits from boating and fishing to whale watching and wineries and the climate is cooler than Perth to the north.

Property prices are more reasonable too and towns like Bunbury and Albany have all the necessities in the way of hospitals and major shopping centres.

Sunshine Coast

If you’d like to retire to Queensland, but don’t want the frantic pace of Brisbane or the Gold Coast, then the Sunshine Coast may be just what you’re looking for.

Development has been more relaxed here, so you can still be near the glorious beaches of Noosa and Maroochydore and yet live in a rural or bush setting.

Home of the stunning Glasshouse Mountains and Australia Zoo, the Sunshine Coast is the perfect blend of coast and hinterland and it’s all just an hour’s drive north of Brisbane.

House and land prices are still very affordable compared with Brisbane and the Gold Coast and many retirees have chosen the Sunshine Coast’s for its agreeable climate and relaxed lifestyle.

Adelaide Hills

If you want to be close to a capital city, yet still live in a rural setting, then the Adelaide Hills is the place for you. With a cooler climate, clear skies and panoramic views, the Hills are just 30 minutes from the city. Dotted with quaint villages, the Hills are a mecca for the best in locally grown produce and some of Australia’s best cool-climate wines.

Adelaide is a very liveable city too, with acres of parkland, beautiful old churches and a laid-back atmosphere that is the envy of Sydney and Melbourne.

Because of its close proximity to the city, house prices in the Adelaide Hills have been rising steadily, so if your managed or self-managed super will stretch that far, now’s the time to check it out.

The best retirement option for many people is one that offers a country lifestyle within easy reach of the city. The above suggestions are just the tip of the iceberg, so if you’re looking for the best of both worlds, use your next holiday to see just how much this amazing country has to offer.

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