Obviously I am biased......but it has to be Hervey Bay!! The lifestyle is perfect, weather is perfect and the cost of living is fairly cheap - there is lots to do that doesn't cost much. My second choice would be Bribie Island.
Lived there boaring.
My pick for retirees would be Halifax, Lucinda, Taylors Beach and Ingham, all little towns around Ingham. (which is one hour north of Townsville) Very affordable housing, low crime rate, (ie leave your keys in the car type of low crime rate) low cost of living, wonderful people, it is lush and green with gorgeous beaches. There are some yummy Italian style eateries and cafes in town. It is a quiet area but people are happy and friendly. You can get a house for about $120,000. Easy living. Its NQ's little secret. Who let the cat out of the bag......No Joke
Hi Meg! I have lived in various places across Queensland, from Burpengary to Cairns and there are a lot of beautiful places in Queensland, but the one that I keep coming back to is Caloundra. Caloundra, is a welcoming ocean side suburb with a family friendly atmosphere excellent schools, highly rated restaurants, plenty of things to do and in close proximity to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, the new health care precinct and only one hour to Brisbane! There are various areas within Caloundra that will best suit the relaxed lifestyle of an individual whom is over 50, these include; Golden Beach, Little Mountain, Caloundra South, Shelly Beach and Pelican Waters. Each town possess's it's own commodities! What are your interests and favorite leisurely activities Meg?, so I can best direct you to the most appropriate town.
Hervey Bay - paradise. Period. End of discussion.
We currently live in Jacobs well but moving to Hervey Bay soon. In Jacobs well we are on tank water and sewage which means lower council costs. We pay $1300 a year. Plus the solar panels bring electricity down to under $300 a qtr. it's very cheap living. it's often referred to as a fishing village. I don't think there is anywhere on the coast like this, but I may be wrong. It has a lot of pluses, and is nice and quite with only being 10 minutes to ormeau train station. It's on border of Gold Coast and Brisbane. For my husband and I, we are moving to be closer to family. Hervey Bay has cheaper housing but living costs more expensive. It has beautiful sandy beaches and walkways. When you say not expensive, does that mean housing or living costs? You may also want to consider what you like to do, Whether family and friends will be close. You should consider your needs and wants first and then research areas that accommodate them within your resources. I love Queensland, from the coast to the beautiful inland towns. Though it's a bit bloody hot today, hence sitting under air conditioner. Wishing you well in your search.
But now I am older doesn't seem as bad from years ago .properly would go back and live again in the the near future.