Life begins at Halcyon

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Cooking up a comfy home away from home

23 November 2018 | by Halcyon

Halcyon home owners love putting their heart and soul into a good cause and their huge support for Ronald McDonald House (RMH) at Herston is a testament to this.

The three-level complex right next to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital provides comfortable accommodation and support services for seriously ill or injured children and their families.

It is one of three such facilities run by Ronald McDonald House Charities South East Queensland (RMHC SEQ) with two others at South Brisbane, where one is within the Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH) and the other located opposite the QCH and Mater Mothers’ Hospital.

The organisation also ...

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Cooking on the menu for Greens’ Spice Boys

23 November 2018 | by Halcyon

Male home owners at Halcyon Greens are discovering their inner MasterChef after project director Scott Ng put cooking lessons on the community’s menu.

Scott, renowned throughout Halcyon for his cooking prowess, sparked a culinary uprising when he presented his first ‘Spice Boys’ cookery class.

He dished up the lesson with the aim of arming the community’s blokes with some kitchen skills to surprise - and impress - their better halves.

“It came about after I had been chatting with some of the home owner ladies who were saying how lopsided the cooking duties were at home,” he said.

“I suggested to the guys that ...

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Spotlight on Bli Bli

23 November 2018 | by Halcyon

For decades Bli Bli was the Sunshine Coast’s salad bowl – a patchwork of family farms growing everything from sugar cane to lettuce and strawberries in the rich, fertile soil surrounding the Maroochy River.

Today, the area’s enduring rural charm and location at the geographic centre of the Coast are driving growth of a different kind.

Bli Bli is now home to more than 7,000 residents and a spectacular new town centre thanks to its successful blend of thoughtful planning, unmatched connectivity, and lush river catchment.

Residents of this evolving and increasingly popular coastal village have easy access to magnificent beaches to the ...

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Keith and Kathy tap into an easier life

23 November 2018 | by Halcyon

Halcyon Glades’ newcomers Keith and Kathy Elliott are making the digital revolution work for them.

Like a growing proportion of older Australians (1), they are finding that the online world is a user-friendly place that can make their life easier, simpler and better.

Just by tapping on their smartphones and laptops, Keith and Kathy are accessing library books, music, movies, YouTube, news, online banking, and are keeping in closer touch with their family in France.

They reflect the trend across Halcyon communities, where tablet and smartphone usage amongst home owners has risen almost 10 per cent over the past year.

“I’ve made an effort ...

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The pets that live at Halcyon

23 November 2018 | by Halcyon

Shadow at Halcyon Glades

Taking a cat on a daily bike ride sounds impossible. But not for Halcyon Glades home owner Larraine Olzard and her fabulous feline, Shadow.

Every afternoon, Larraine sets off on her trike for a leisurely ride around the community with Shadow calmly - and comfortably - sitting right in front of her in his quilt-lined cage.

“I think I’ve created a stir,” she said of the surprised looks she gets as she rides around.

“People do a lot of double takes. They are fascinated by it and they say, ...

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Halcyon Waters hosts athletes with a new lease on life

23 November 2018 | by Halcyon

Halcyon Waters celebrated the life-changing gift of organ donation when the community made its debut as a host sporting venue for the Australian Transplant Games in October.

The Hope Island-based community was chosen as the location for the Games’ triathlon event thanks to its welcoming home owners, beautiful swimming pool, and wide, quiet and safe streets.

Close to 70 home owners put their hands up to help organise the day. Their hard work and support helped make this inspiring event an outstanding success, and one that the athletes branded the best they had competed in.

Rainy weather did not deter the athletes but ...

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Putting the fun in run…Halcyon style

28 September 2018 | by Halcyon

Team Halcyon was a streak of blue amid the thousands of runners and walkers who hit the pavement during the Gold Coast Marathon event at Southport last weekend.

More than 115 Halcyon home owners and staff laced up their runners and donned their ocean-blue shirts to take on the 5.7km Gold Coast Airport Fun Run on Saturday morning.

After a lively group warm-up with personal trainer Jessie, Team Halcyon – representing Halcyon Waters, Vision by Halcyon and Halcyon Greens - was ready for the challenge. 

For many it was more of a walk than a run, ...

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Allan and Marian all aboard with move from Steel City to Sunshine Coast

28 September 2018 | by Halcyon

Halcyon Lakeside home owner Allan Williams has landed a sweet job at what is possibly Queensland’s most iconic and beloved landmark – The Big Pineapple.

Once a week, Allan drives the heritage-listed pineapple train that takes visitors on the state’s biggest, curviest and steepest climbing track through the landmark attraction, which is being revived by new owners.

Allan is delighted to have landed the plum frontline gig at the resurgent Sunshine Coast icon after working for BHP in Newcastle for almost 40 years. 

“I love it - what little boy doesn’t love driving a train,” Allan laughed.

“I ran a department for BHP and ...

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Freewheelers park up at Halcyon Greens

28 September 2018 | by Halcyon

PASSIONATE ‘motorhomers’ Barbara and Colin Gard have found the ideal base for their nomadic lifestyle at Halcyon Greens in Pimpama.

After living just across the border in Tweed Heads for the past 25 years, the well-travelled couple was looking for a more convenient location, safe off-street storage for their beloved motorhome, and the chance to surround themselves with like-minded neighbours.

“Tweed Heads has changed, it now has what I call the creeping Surfers Paradise disease,” Colin said.

“The character of the place has changed, there are problems with young people roaming the streets and it’s more aggressive.”

“Our motorhome had to be parked on ...

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Sunshine Coast welcomes 500th Halcyon home owner

28 September 2018 | by Halcyon

Terry and Barbara Whimp’s decision to spend the next chapter of their lives at Halcyon Lakeside in Bli Bli has delivered Halcyon its 500th home owner on the Sunshine Coast.

The couple have joined the hundreds of home owners who are taking it on or taking it easy at Halcyon Parks in Caloundra, Halcyon Landing in Bli Bli and at Halcyon Lakeside.

Back in 2004 Halcyon Parks broke the mould for over 50s living showcasing ground-breaking design and was the first master planned community. Now in 2018, that hereditary of Halcyon Parks runs through the veins of Halcyon Landing and Halcyon Lakeside.

With ...

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