The best retirement villages in Canberra

You’ve put in the hard work, and now it’s time to reap the rewards.

As you transition into retirement, you have the opportunity to design the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of. For many people, that means moving into a retirement village.

This can also be called retirement living, moving to a retirement community, or simply downsizing. No matter what you call it, here are a few reasons people choose to make the move:

  • Low maintenance. Maintaining a large house and garden can become more difficult as time goes on. Why not let someone else change the light bulbs?
  • Comfort and luxury. This is what retirement is all about, isn’t it?
  • To meet new people in a supportive community. Finding new friends and living amongst like-minded people can make all the difference.
  • To be more active. Maybe it’s regular exercise classes, maybe it’s the occasional game of croquet, or maybe it’s the weekly happy hour.
  • To make ageing a little safer and easier. Most retirement villages are built with your needs in mind, from wider doors for mobility aids to emergency call systems.

If you are looking to make the most of your retirement with a no-maintenance property set in a vibrant retirement village in Canberra, you’ve landed in the right place.

We’ve done our research to put together a list of top retirement villages in the Canberra region. Let’s get started.

What makes a great retirement village?

Not exactly sure what you want in a retirement village? Here are a couple of things to consider:

  • Comfortable, contemporary, welcoming residences. The retirement village you decide on will become your home, so you need to be able to imagine yourself living there. Your property should be comfortable, warm and equipped with all the features you could want.
  • Convenient location. You may be retired, but you probably still want to be a part of the community. Many retirement villages are a short walk or drive to local shopping centres, cafes, restaurants, and other attractions.
  • Transparent financial arrangements and easy to understand contracts. There are many factors to be mindful of when entering into a retirement village contract. Are you responsible for the resale of the property? How about refurbishments? Are you liable for recurrent charges until the property is sold?
  • Activities and services. Staying fit and active is important at any age. Does your village have a gym? Do they run fitness classes? What about social activities? You might not take part in everything, but it’s good to know there are activities to partake in if you feel like it.
  • Easy maintenance. The best part about downsizing is not worrying about home maintenance. Your village will likely take care of the communal gardens, but it’s worth checking to see if they’ll fix a light bulb or help you put pictures up on the walls – and check to see if it comes with an additional fee. Ask what the typical response time is to a maintenance request.

The top retirement villages in Canberra according to you

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

The results are in. Here are the top retirement villages in Canberra as chosen by the region’s local residents.



Supporting Canberra for over 65 years, Goodwin’s retirement living communities give you everything you need to live life to the fullest and remain active, engaged, and social in a beautiful environment.

Offering large one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas and apartments, Goodwin’s award-winning villages are renowned for their high-quality design, exceptional services, and friendly community.

Goodwin villages have a wide range of amenities to help you make the most of retirement. These include communal club houses, cafes, gyms, libraries, activity rooms, flower and veggie gardens, billiards rooms, theatrettes, croquet lawns, business centres, men’s sheds, Ainslie’s much-loved heated swimming pool, and more.

Each village employs a full time Village Manager, Resident Services Coordinator, Lifestyle Officer, and onsite Maintenance Officers. You’ll always have someone to help out when needed – and you won’t be stuck with any surprise maintenance bills.

All properties are mobility aid-friendly, with discretely wide doors, level entries to rooms and showers, and a 24/7 emergency call system.

With no stamp-duty, clear and easy to understand contracts, a six-month settling in period, and no re-sale costs when you leave, Goodwin removes the risks to help make life stress-free.

As a signatory of the national Retirement Living Code of Conduct, you can trust Goodwin to be honest, transparent, and of top quality.

As Paul Hollings wrote on Google, “Outstanding facility, extremely well maintained and beautiful gardens and courtyards.”

Araluen - The Weston Creek Village

Located in the quiet suburb of Fisher and surrounded by parkland, Araluen – The Weston Creek Village has a family-oriented atmosphere and dedicated staff. Its 100+ single-level, independent living units (available with one, two or three bedrooms) are architect-designed with lots of natural light and large living spaces.

The local shops are within walking distance, and a village bus makes regular trips to larger shopping centres.

The Grange Deakin

The Grange Deakin is an established, leafy community offering a relaxed atmosphere, airy, light-filled townhouses and apartments, and a vibrant, welcoming community. The Independent Living Homes feature modern, open-plan living areas and large bedrooms and bathrooms, giving you the peace and quiet you need to unwind. Their Serviced Apartments offer home-cooked meals daily, as well as a weekly cleaning service, giving you the freedom you need to make the most of your retirement.

Marigal Gardens

Marigal Gardens is a new, over 55’s retirement village in Kambah. With a relaxed atmosphere and someone else taking care of the heavy maintenance, you can enjoy the lifestyle that suits you best – now and into the future.

Light-filled and spacious two- or three-bedroom villas are available, with 24 hour emergency assistance and security to give you peace of mind. Marigal Gardens’ community facilities include a library, meeting room, theatrette, hair salon and gym.

Isabella Gardens Retirement Village

Set in the heart of the Tuggeranong Valley, Isabella Gardens is an award-winning village, conveniently located near Isabella Plains shops. Isabella Gardens’ two- and three-bedroom villas are cleverly designed to be stylish yet low-maintenance, while its facilities include an indoor heated pool, gym, library and wellbeing centre.

Who did you pick?

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

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