We are looking to retire in qld from wa. What are the pros and cons of SMBIs. Thanks

We are looking to retire in QLD from outer metro Perth and have sort of narrowed it down to 2 areas, Hervey Bay or Macleay Island.
Any help on the matter would be gratefully received.
We know the obvious drawbacks ie. Distance from Brisbane and Ferry/barge problems, but are there any good solutions to these?
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Dave Gosden Mar 04, 2020
If you are looking to build QLD Project Builders have a display home on Russell island worth checking out qldpb com next time you visit.
They also have house and land packages
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Harvey bay is further away from the big smoke of brissy if you require some mainland services and is a much larger community than SMBIs.
SMBIs offer a sleepy country Town feel except when you fart and the grape vine can go to work in both good and bad ways, Plus I get the holiday feel and smells of past holiday locations eg. Boreen Point just north of noosa. No 4x4 beach camping like fraser island you need a boat to explore the South Morten Bay Islands or just jug around in the ferry. The group of islands have different reputations expressed by mainlanders and island residents a like, you need to come and visit and explore for your self and get your own vibe on what it can offer you, The only thing the islands don't have is a hospital and high school .
The Island life is not for everyone, but if you wanting to kick back and move along at your own and or extremely slow pace and not the mega fast pace of Australian mainland living of parking lot high ways traffic lights and round abouts, it might just be for you!
I wish I had found this 20 or 30 years ago.
Enjoy your new adventure!
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