After years working in Kingaroy, new retirees Noel and Robyn Ernest decided to return to their county roots in the Toowoomba region but struggled to find a home that suited their lifestyle, until they came across GemLife Highfields.
Prior to retirement, the couple’s careers left them with little time for socialising, with Mr Ernest working for the Australian Post and Mrs Ernest working as an aged-care nurse.
“I didn’t have time to see my friends or meet new people, which is something I missed and wanted to do after retiring,” said Noel.
“We’d been house hunting for a while but couldn’t find exactly what we were looking for until my sister, who lives just up the road from GemLife, suggested Noel and I take a look,” said Robyn.
After one visit to the resort the Ernests had found exactly what they were looking for.
“I reckon Noel fell in love with GemLife about two minutes after setting foot in the resort,” joked Robyn.
“The people that we’ve met in our short time at GemLife have been absolutely amazing. The people here are really great and go above and beyond to make you feel welcome and help out where they can,” said Noel.
“We were also drawn to the location of the resort. From shopping centres to doctors and supermarkets, everything you could possibly need is close by.”
For Robyn one of the biggest challenges of any move is making new friends, but even that was made easy at the resort.
Having a good group of friends is very important to me and the hardest part of moving was leaving my friends behind,” she said.
“I’m very grateful for all the classes and social groups and events on offer at GemLife because it gives me a chance to meet new friends.”