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10 Reasons to Retire in Newcastle NSW

Retirement is a rewarding period of your life, a time where you can indulge in all of the benefits of choosing your own lifestyle and taking the time to discover the way you like to spend your days when they aren’t centred around work. For most people, retirement opens the doors to leisure, relaxation and downtime.

With some newfound time on your hands, you can immerse yourself in new experiences like sports or hobbies that you simply didn’t have time for in your working years. Each day holds new possibilities to explore new hobbies and activities. Some people dream of spending their retirement exploring local beaches and hanging out in local restaurants, while others dream of spending long days gardening or catching up on a lifetime of reading. However you decide to spend your retirement, location matters when embarking on this next stage of your life.

Where you choose to retire will affect how you spend your time, the kind of events that may be available to you, the cost of living, as well as the type of people you will have the opportunity to meet based on how welcoming the community is. If you are looking for the ideal place to retire, Newcastle, NSW, might be the place you have been searching for to spend your golden years. This vibrant city on Australia’s east coast combines city life, natural beauty, stunning beaches, and a strong community spirit. Newcastle also provides easy access to quality healthcare services like the renowned John Hunter Hospital.

The best part? Newcastle’s location is only a short drive to Sydney (a two hour drive and a similar timeframe for public transport) and other gems of Australia like Lake Macquarie and Hunter Valley. And we are just getting started… In this article, we will jump into everything that Newcastle, New South Wales, has to offer and why it might just be the perfect place to live out your dream retirement lifestyle in a local Oasis Community in the area.

Excellent Healthcare Facilities

Healthcare is an essential consideration for settling down in a new city. Being close to a quality hospital can provide peace for the proper management of chronic conditions, regular checkups and preventative care, emergency services, specialised care and getting some advice for yourself or a loved one. One of the top reasons to settle down in Newcastle is the top-tier healthcare facilities. Newcastle has a number of healthcare facilities that makes it an excellent location, including:

  • A number of medical specialists located in Charlestown (only 10 minutes away).
  • The John Hunter Hospital, which covers all surgical specialties and has a 24 hour emergency ward.
  • The Calvary Mater Hospital in Newcastle, a public hospital providing cancer surgery and cancer care, renowned for its quality of care throughout New South Wales.

Proximity to Sydney

If you choose to retire in Newcastle, you will only be a short drive (2 hours) from Sydney’s central station. This makes it convenient for friends or family to escape the city and visit you, or alternatively for you to head to the city for a day of art galleries, department stores and all that Sydney has to offer. If you are up for any additional road trips, Lake Macquarie is only a 40-minute drive from Newcastle, Hunter Valley is just over one hour, and Port Stephens is just under an hour away.

Pristine beaches

Newcastle provides you with a range of blissful beaches, such as Bar Beach, Merewether Beach, Newcastle and Nobby’s Beach. Redhead beach and Dudley Beach are even closer to Oasis Communities in the Newcastle region. Whether you enjoy long romantic walks on the beach, hopping in the water or simply watching the sun go down, Newcastle will not disappoint. Even if the beach isn’t for you, living in a beach town like Newcastle still has its benefits, such as the relaxed lifestyle, vibrant cafes and restaurants with fresh, local seafood and, of course, chilled-out residents who appreciate the beauty of the natural environment.

Aerial view of Redhead Beach with cliffs, blue water and surfers. Surf club on the beach and housing in the distance

Newcastle Airport and Public Transport

The airport in Newcastle connects you with other Australian cities with regular domestic flights, so your family and friends can come straight to you. The public transport system in Newcastle provides easy and accessible mobility for residents. Making use of these services means you can spend more time getting to know some of Newcastle’s suburbs, like Redhead, New Lambton, Wickham, or even Stockton by ferry. A bus stop on the doorstep of Newcastle’s Oasis Redhead will keep you connected to all of the best spots around town, while a train station only 10 minutes away connects you to Sydney.

Plenty of shopping

Newcastle is home to numerous department stores, boutiques and beachside surf shops. You can find everything you are looking for in Newcastle, whether for your regular organic grocery shop, picking up bits and pieces for one of your new hobbies or organising the entire family Christmas list. Newcastle really is the ideal place for settling down in a relaxed town without sacrificing the convenience of big city facilities like Westfield Kotara, Charlestown Square, and other shopping malls.

Vibrant dining

Is there anything better than sitting down for a delicious meal? Well… yes, occasionally there is; sitting down for a delicious meal you didn’t have to prepare can be just the thing for a relaxing night or cosy morning. Luckily, Newcastle is full of cosy coffee shops, vibrant restaurants, chilled-out bars, and breweries. No matter your favourite cuisine, Newcastle has you covered.

A thriving arts scene

Art lovers are in luck; moving to a coastal town doesn’t mean saying goodbye to artistic adventures. Newcastle is home to various art galleries, and the city regularly hosts art events, theatre productions, comedy shows and more. For those in retirement, a vibrant art scene can provide a welcomed source of regular entertainment for you and any visitors you welcome to Newcastle for a visit.

Strong Community Spirit

Redhead and the other suburbs of Newcastle, embody a welcoming community spirit. This supportive atmosphere helps to make enjoying your retirement all the more easy and carefree. Retirement is the perfect time to meet new people, develop deeper friendships and involve yourself in new hobbies and activities. Moving to a city like Newcastle with a welcoming community spirit can increase the likelihood of these experiences happening.There are plenty of community events, workshops, wellness groups, interest groups and charity organisations to become a part of. There is also a strong sense of community within each and every Oasis Village over 50’s lifestyle community, so you’ll be connected to a network of like-minded people in many ways.

Premium community living spaces

Newcastle is home to ample community living spaces that can help to make your retirement both comfortable and affordable. Villages like Oasis Communities can provide you with a pet-friendly over 50’s community living in Newcastle with facilities like a swimming pool and village manager. If you are looking for the financial security of owning your own home with the flexibility of lifestyle, a community living space might be the best of both worlds for you.

Affordable Cost of Living

Last but not least is the cost of living. The cost of living in Newcastle is significantly lower than in larger close-by cities like Sydney. Due to Newcastle’s affordability, your money can go towards the things you enjoy, whatever that looks like for you.

So, that’s a wrap on our top 10 reasons to retire in Newcastle. If you are looking for the dreamiest place in Australia to settle down, this city should be at the top of your list. Embrace your future retirement with a city boasting natural beauty, a vibrant city centre, top-notch healthcare facilities, accessible transportation and an incomparably welcoming community of residents. What are you waiting for? Discover all that Newcastle has to offer for yourself.

Suppose you have any questions or queries about community living with Oasis Communities. In that case, you can easily reach out to our friendly team to be provided with all the information you need to make an informed choice for your dream retirement. We are here to help make your retirement everything you want it to be.

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