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Published July 12th 2016
As baby-boomers age and retirement becomes a reality, the focus on career or being the perfect domestic goddess shifts. Endless choices abound with plenty of time to indulge those interests or activities that you only thought about.
What participation has crossed your mind? Maybe community connections through libraries, volunteering, service clubs, dancing, singing, markets, bocce. Getting more active outdoors with bowls, hiking, cycling, tennis, croquet, golf, all the water sports including swimming, fishing, boating. Or indulging time with like-minded friends in arts and crafts, galleries, museums, travel, leisurely lunches at the trendy or budget cafes, shopping in the malls. Or extend your friendships by joining groups for friendship, meet-ups, walking; a neighbourhood centre or community garden; or a support group for every possible affliction/cause. Or keep your mind active with further studies at the university or 3rd aged uni, reading and writing, bridge or renovating.
Theoretically you could indulge these activities in many areas but why is the Sunshine Coast the fastest growing region in Australia? Well it offers a sunny warm climate with all these possibilities in a central area with easy vehicle access. Okay, so their public transport system falls short but if you still drive it's very comfortable access and parking. There are mobile van parks for those not ready to part with their colder intestate homes yet. With free train rides to Brisbane for the big games or the Caravan and Campers shows, etc, the infrastructure is gradually improving. But you will definitely need a spare room as family and friends will visit you to embrace the sunnier climate.
And when you mention local facilities the Buderim area came instantly to mind – it boasts a bowls club, croquet club, large bridge club and a dog park all opposite some top quality retirement villages. Within a kilometre radius by bus is the beachfront, private hospital and plaza.