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Already living an ideal life, their most recent move made it even more perfect

Armidale is a long way from Victoria and even further from Holland, but Betty and Theo Duim couldn’t be happier with their life there.

Oak Tree Kanwal Residents Yvonne
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Oak Tree Dubbo Residents Trish & Tony


When Susan Hilton was looking for an over-55s community to call home, she didn’t think anywhere with ‘retirement’ in its name would suit – because she wasn’t retired. So, when a friend suggested she consider Oak Tree Retirement Village Goodna, she was very unsure. Until she had a look.

Oak Tree Dubbo Residents Trish & Tony


The travel bug bit Yvonne and Eric McKee early in life. They’ve had 19 trips overseas and spent two years in a caravan travelling throughout Australia. Now living in Kanwal, they’ve never had a better place to come home to.

Oak Tree Dubbo Residents Trish & Tony

Trish and Tony have proven retirement living isn’t only for retirees!

When Trish and Tony decided to move from Lake Macquarie and call Dubbo home, they set their sights on moving into a retirement village.

Oak Tree Moss Vale Resident Rose

Rose has lived a wonderful life, but thinks the best is yet to come

They knew it was time to give up their big home and move to a retirement village, but they weren’t sure what their children would think of their decision. It turns out everyone was thinking the same.

Oak Tree Capricorn Coast Resident Jeni

When it comes to retirement living, Jeni thinks an early move is better than a late one

Jeni Dunn had thought one day she might move into a retirement village, and if she did, she’d do it early. She wanted to be young enough to make the most of the lifestyle on offer. She encourages anyone who asks her for advice to do the same.

Oak Tree Mudgee Residents Lynne & Rob

A life well lived and rich in its rewards

Life in the city delivered many wonderful rewards, but life in retirement in Mudgee continues to be richly rewarding for Lynne and Rob Waller.

Oak Tree Yeppoon Residents Edna And John

Bigger wasn’t better for Edna and John

Now at home in Yeppoon, Edna and John Rambert are a long way from their native South Africa. They came to Australia in 1977 and found what they were looking for, and more.

Oak Tree Goodna Resident Paul Snow

Retirement presented Paul with the time he needed to follow his passion

Paul Snow has always had an interest in the arts. However, his life offered so many other rewards he didn’t have the opportunity to pick up a paintbrush or a sketching pencil until he retired. He hasn’t stopped painting and sketching since.

Oak Tree Kingston Residents

The new experiences keep coming for Robert and Patricia

Robert and Patricia Seymour have very fond memories of a life well lived. Life in retirement continues to bring them new opportunities to live well, and they couldn’t be happier about that.

Oak Tree Cairns Resident Grahame

Sugar cane, cattle stations, award-winning scones and more…

Grahame Stroud has enjoyed a sweet life so far. Born 60 km south of Cairns in Babinda, Queensland, into a sugar cane farming family, he followed in his father’s footsteps and worked the cane himself.

Oak Tree Mudgee Resident Pat

Finding it easy to feel right at home in Mudgee

Life has been a grand adventure so far for Pam Francis. Born near Ipswich in East Anglia in the UK, she is now enjoying retirement in Mudgee, NSW. The path she took to get there has been generous with its rewards.

Oak Tree Skye Resident

Living beautifully, despite life’s challenges

Anne Bamforth says she has lived a busy, beautiful life so far… and she clearly has plenty of busy and beautiful living yet to do. Her latest move in retirement is helping to make that happen, despite being in the midst of a global health pandemic.

Oak Tree Orange Resident Julie Anthoness

Living Every Day To The Full

While growing up in Forbes in New South Wales’ Central West, Julie Anthoness didn’t really know where life would take her. She just knew it was for living, and that’s certainly what she’s still doing even though she’s now in retirement.

Oak Tree Tamworth Residents Graham and Lorraine

It’s retirement, but not as you know it

Graham and Lorraine O’Dell feel right at home in retirement, but it doesn’t mean they’ve had time for life to slow down.

Oak Tree Moss Vale Resident Pat Pierson

Pat Makes Her Best Retirement Decision

A tree falling in a storm made Pat Pierson see life very differently. It also resulted in her packing up her home of 59 years and returning to her birthplace. She says she couldn’t be happier with the change

Oak Tree Gunnedah Residents Laurel and Ben Hall

A rich and rosy life

For Laurel and Ben Hall, their home has always been their pride and joy, and it’s the same in retirement.

Confident their latest move was one of their best

For Beverly and Graham Bryant, it was love at first sight and it led to a lifetime of wonderful memories. Now in retirement, they are loving their most recent move.

Oak Tree Darling Heights Resident Rhonda White

Growing new friendships in retirement

Having spent almost all her life in the bush, Rhonda White is no stranger to putting the kettle on when someone ‘blows in’. Now in retirement and living amongst new friends, that kettle is still getting a workout.

Oak Tree Orange Resident Kerri Breheny

New friends and a new lease on life

The eldest of five children, Kerri was born in Sydney and loved her lively family life in the suburb of Windsor.

At age 13, her dad, a pharmacist, took a new job in Canberra so the family moved to live there. Kerri loved that too. However, after finishing school the call to follow in her father’s footsteps was so strong, she returned to Sydney to study pharmacy at university.

Oak Tree Goonellabah Resident Shirley Stainton

When Neighbours Become Good Friends

When Shirley Stainton heard her neighbours and good friends were moving to a new house, she decided she and her husband should too.

Born in Mildura, Victoria in 1935, Shirley is the youngest of six children. With four brothers and one sister, she lived in a very busy household. She completed her primary and secondary schooling in Mildura and then found a job in a local pharmacy.

Light On Their Feet

When they first met, Barbara didn’t think much of Keith, but having just celebrated 53 years of marriage, it proves first impressions can sometimes be very wrong.

Born and bred in Gunnedah, Keith Constable was one of five children in his family raised on a property some 65 kilometres away at a little place by the name of Colly Blue. His dad was a shearer and great horseman; Keith’s dad also had a great love of the land. It turns out Keith is very much a chip off the ol’ block!

Oak Tree Warwick Residents

A life Well Travelled

How did a wee Scottish lass born in 1944 come to find herself knitting jumpers and more and loving life in Warwick, Queensland in 2019?

Rosemary Rasanen is that lass who journeyed to Australia by ship at seven years of age for what was meant to be a six-year stay. Her father was in the British Army and received a transfer to the Australian Army – it was certainly a very exciting time for the family. So, Rosemary with her mother, father, two sisters and one brother bid a fond farewell to their Celtic homeland.

Oak Tree Burpengary Residents

From Little Things Friendships Grow

Happy hours, barbeques and parties, holidays together – these activities are usually reserved for those young in years, but in this case they are just some of the things that are keeping this wonderful group of friends young at heart.


"I lost my partner Harry ten months after coming here, this meant I had to learn to live alone, which was not easy, but with the love and friendship I found in the village, it made life much easier to adjust."

Ken & Jacelle

"The village has a quiet relaxed feel and a strong sense of community created by good caring people. We look forward to continuing to enjoy the Oak Tree lifestyle for years to come."


"Living at Oak Tree, I enjoy bowling indoor and out, happy hour, morning tea and also the other outings. Just make the will enjoy the lifestyle."

John & Anne

"We enjoy living at Oak Tree Retirement Village so much it is hard to imagine living anywhere else! It’s so many things – the newness, peacefulness, the sense of security, the friendliness of the community, the lack of housework and garden maintenance required by us, and the pleasant surroundings."

Ken & Margaret

"We find the village both very affordable and low maintenance. Our fees cover almost everything including having a gardener to take care of the lovely community gardens. If we ever need anything done, our village manager always makes sure our needs are met. It is so pleasant living at Oak Tree, really, why would we live anywhere else?"


"After my husband passed, my children encouraged me to downsize to a home which would be more manageable. After being at the village for just one month I am adjusting well and I love the peace and quiet that Oak Tree offers. I encourage others to come and see the village for themselves. It’s perfect."