One of the relatively undiscovered retirement havens areas of Australia is the Copper Coast. It is approximately two hours north of Adelaide, and we researched the area when writing ‘Where To Retire In Australia’. Would you retire to the Copper Coast?

However, it is not just us who think it is a great place, Lynne and her husband, Keith, moved from Adelaide and love the area.

Lynne says:
“We did the compulsory trip around Australia, then escaped most years after that in winter, always keeping an eye on places we wanted to end up in. We lived in an outer suburb of Adelaide, children and grandchildren lived nearby. We checked out NSW, too dear, Qld too hot, Vic too cold,  same with Tassie, WA was a favourite but too far from grandchildren and ageing parents (both in NSW), NT was not an option due to the wet season. So one year while taking one of our grandchildren on a ‘camping’ holiday, we found this place. I fell in love immediately, saw a house put in a bid, was successful and moved here.

What’s the best part about living on the Copper Coast.
Friendly people, great service at the stores, nice weather, close to the water and there is every thing here that we want.

People eating and drinking on board a boat at Wallaroo Marina, retirement location and tourist place to visit
Photo: Wallaroo Marina
South Australian Tourism Commission

What activities are you involved in?
Voluntary work, Service Club, Fishing, Long walks on the beach with our dog

Did it take you long to settle in?
As long as it took us to unpack

Is there anything you miss about living in a big city?
We miss our family and friends but we are only 2 hours away and there is always the phone. I miss going to the Theatre but try and get down to the city every few months

Your advice for anyone thinking about moving?
Check out medical facilities, make sure house is adaptable to your health needs, i.e. steps, garden etc., join a club, have a hobby and remember you are the “newbie” so it is up to you to make friends.

‘There is a self-guided walking trail around the former Wallaroo Mines site. The former Harvey’s Pumping Station (also known as Harvey’s Engine House), dating from 1874, is the last of the former mine pumping stations to survive, and is listed on the South Australian Heritage Register’.

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