Castlemaine, Melody Ayres Griffiths

Front Photo: Castlemaine, Melody Ayres Griffiths

Victoria in Australia, is a state that is attractive for retirees and those chasing a relaxing lifestyle. Some of Victoria’s interesting retirement locations are listed below

We’ve researched many places in Victoria for our work on Where To Retire In Australia. Here’s just a small snapshot!

Lake with reflection of boathouse and trees in late afternoon
Lake Daylesford, Victoria, Jacob Dyer

Daylesford: This small town is well-known for its hot springs and baths, which make it the ideal location for rest and renewal. It has a population of 9,955 and a median age of 53 years (ABS 2021 Census). There are numerous galleries and shops to explore in the town’s thriving arts and culture district.

Aerial view of a country town with lots of autumn scenes of the trees
Castlemaine, Akash Dhurbarry

Castlemaine is a charming town with a lengthy history that is situated in the heart of Victoria’s goldfields. In the 2021 Census, it had a population of 10,577 and a median age of 50 years. The town is home to numerous exquisite historic structures, a lively artistic scene, and a humming weekly market. You can read why Kerry Anderson loves Castlemaine here.

Aerial view of white topped waves crashing into the sand
Anglesea, Daniel Anthony

Anglesea: For retirees who enjoy the great outdoors, this coastal village is a good choice. There is a lot to discover and enjoy, including lovely beaches, hiking trails, and a national park. A welcoming neighbourhood and a variety of attractions, such as stores, cafes, and restaurants, can be found in Anglesea. Population in the 2021 Census was listed asa 3191 and a median age of 54 years. It’s is not far from the city of Geelong.

Mouth of a river merging into the sea. Two large rocks of yellow and brow colour are in the foreground.
Hopkins River Mouth, Warrnambool, Jayne Harris

Warrnambool: This bustling regional city has a lot to offer retirees, such as lovely beaches, a strong arts scene, and a lot of parks and gardens. Together with a variety of stores and services, the city is also home to several fantastic restaurants and cafes. You can read more about Warrnambool here

Trees with autumn leaves either side of a bitumen road with a white line down the centre
Bright, Victoria, J Weeks

Bright: A favourite vacation spot for retirees who like outdoor pursuits including hiking, cycling, and skiing, Bright is situated in the Victorian Alps. Together with a bustling local market, the town also includes a variety of cafes, restaurants, and retail establishments. There’s a median age of 49 years and a population of 2481 (2021 ABS Census). The autumn colours of Bright are simply beautiful. Have a look at some of the attractions here.

Victoria has a lot of wonderful lifestyle retirement locations, each with its own own charm and attractions. Whether you like the ocean, the mountains, or the countryside, there’s something of interest to many.

Stay tuned for some more suggestions.

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Jill Weeks has been an educator and author for many years. She is the author of 21 Ways To Retire, which gives insights into how 21 Australians from different backgrounds adjusted to retirementShe is also the co-author with her husband, Owen, of several editions of Where To Retire In Australia and one of Retire Bizzi

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