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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 living. For many, joining a thriving community of like-minded individuals is a vital part of that lifestyle.

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 consulted local feedback and put together this list of the top three retirement villages in the region. So, without further ado, let’s get started right away.

What makes a fantastic retirement village?

Not exactly sure what you want in a retirement village? Here are a couple of traits to look out for on your search:

  • Comfortable, contemporary, homely residencies. The retirement village you decide on will become your home. Your property should, therefore, be comfortable, warm and equipped with all the contemporary features you could want.
  • Stunning surroundings. Retirement allows you to spend more time doing what you love, and for many Australians, that means getting out into nature. Stunning natural surroundings make the perfect backdrop for fishing trips, family BBQs, afternoon walks, and more.
  • Convenient location. You may be retired, but you still want to be a part of Canberra’s bustling community. Many retirement villages are situated a short walk or drive to local shopping centres, cafes, restaurants, and other attractions.
  • Excellent facilities and socialising opportunities. From heated swimming pools and BBQ areas to social occasions and local outings, the best retirement villages offer a whole host of facilities and activities so you can create and live your dream lifestyle.

Agree with our criteria? Is there anything else on your must-have list?

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.

Ridgecrest Village

Want premium comfort, absolute convenience, and top-notch security in the heart of Australia’s capital? Explore Ridgecrest Village, an established, pet-friendly, tight-knit retirement community. There, you’ll find all the facilities and services you need to make the most of your years of freedom: an alfresco BBQ area, a village bowling green, quick access to public transport, a busy schedule of village activities, a visiting nurse, and a 24-hour call system, to name a few.


Goodwin’s Canberra retirement living community gives you everything you need to live life to the fullest, to remain active, engaged, and social. Offering one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas and apartments – all of which feature award-winning architectural designs – you can rid your life of time- and money-consuming home maintenance. That means you’ll have the freedom to enjoy the resort-style facilities and innovative Lifestyle Club, which offers daily classes just for residents. Goodwin’s retirement living community truly makes living your dream lifestyle possible.

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.

Have you or your family member had experience with a retirement village in the Canberra region? Let us know in the comments area below by sharing your thoughts and feedback.

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