As much a part of the great Australian dream as owning your own property, retiring to a peaceful beach side town or somewhere in-land, away from the congestion of the city, is on the to-do list for many Australians.
New research released by CoreLogic has revealed the top retiree hot spots around Australia, located in some of the nation’s most scenic areas.
With 15 per cent of the population already aged 65 or over, and a further 4 million set to reach that benchmark in the next 15 years, retiree hubs are becoming more defined. Some council regions have populations in which as many as 1 in 3 residents are retirees which contributes greatly to forming the local culture and lifestyle.
The South Australian region of Victor Harbor has topped the list with 37.9 per cent of the population over 65 years of age. A picturesque sea-side region known for its natural attractions, Victor Harbor sits just over an hour out of Adelaide making it a relatively easy drive for those with relatives in the states capital.
Queenscliffe, Victoria is not far behind with 35.3 per cent of residents in the retirement age group. Situated on the Bellarine Peninsula, a popular holiday destination for Melbournians, the quite region offers a range of entertainment options from dining out to the Queesncliffe Music Festival in November.
Rounding out the top three is New South Wales’ Great Lakes region which includes Forster/Tuncurry, a well-known retirement hub. Retirees in the area have access to some beautiful coast lines and nature parks while being a just over an hour from facilities in Newcastle and a three-hour drive from Sydney.