Life begins at Halcyon

Daredevil Don is hooked on the freefall

22 May 2019 | by Halcyon Parks

The sky’s the limit for the fearless Don Pearsall who can’t wait to achieve his skydiving hat trick.
Don, who lives at Halcyon Parks with wife Mary, plunged into 2019 by taking his second tandem skydive from about 3km above Caloundra in January.

The New Year’s leap into thin air came just months after Don celebrated his 95th birthday with his very first skydiving adventure.

“I had wanted to do one of these trips for quite a while,” he said.

“I had to have a go before I got any older.

“I had this guy strapped to my back and we had a freefall ...

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Wanderers find perfect home base

22 May 2019 | by Halcyon Greens

Paul and Eleanor Scully’s shared spirit of adventure and discovery was always going to play a big role in their next life move.

Their love of escaping in their motorhome was the deciding factor when they swapped an inner-city Brisbane riverside apartment for a new home in Halcyon Greens at Pimpama last year.

The move came almost 15 years after the couple’s first motorhome adventure in 2005. They’ve subsequently clocked up thousands of kilometres, seen spectacular sights, made great memories and are currently on their third motorhome.

Eleanor has become so invested in the lifestyle that she is a director of the Campervan ...

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Judy masters her trilogy dream

22 May 2019 | by Halcyon Lakeside

Completing the final instalment of her fictional trilogy is literally a dream come true for late blooming author Judy Masters.

Judy’s three-book series takes readers into the lives, loves, betrayals and tragedies of a wealthy Australian family during and after World War II.

The idea for the books – described as Australia’s Downton Abbey and likened to A Place to Call Home – came to Judy while she was sleeping.

“The whole genesis of the story comes from a dream that I had while I was doing The Year of the Novel course through the Queensland Writers Centre in 2011,” Judy said.

“The scene ...

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Home owners on the road to marathon season

22 May 2019 | by Halcyon

Ash O’Neil and Carolyn Rose are among the hundreds of Halcyon home owners preparing to walk or run in events with Team Halcyon at the upcoming Gold Coast Marathon (6-7 July) and Sunshine Coast Marathon (2-4 August). We spoke to them about their motivations, goals and the benefits of taking part.

Ash O’Neil - Halcyon Parks - 5km walk in the Sunshine Coast Marathon

Why are you entering?

It’s my third time doing the 5km event. I’m doing it for the enjoyment, the companionship and for the fundraising that Halcyon does for Ronald McDonald House. Because it’s a charity that we’re contributing to I ...

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Meet the Bings - Australia’s first couple of pickleball

22 May 2019 | by Halcyon

Pickleball devotee Keith Bing discovered the “addictive magic” of the sport within hours of jetting into sunny Florida in 2012.

He and wife Sharon had returned to live in the US after spending more than 25 years working and travelling abroad.

Their first stop was visiting a college buddy of Keith’s at The Villages retirement community near Orlando.

The friend insisted that Keith immediately join him for a game of pickleball: a blend of tennis, badminton and table tennis, and the fastest growing sport in the US.

It was the last thing Keith felt like doing.

“I was completely jet-lagged and all I wanted to ...

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Home owners raise $50,000 for DV Connect

22 May 2019 | by Halcyon

The Halcyon family has dug deep to raise a whopping $50,000 for Queensland’s peak domestic violence support organisation, DV Connect.

Home owners, staff, family and friends have organised and attended events ranging from a trivia night through to a gala ball for this very worthy cause.

The funds will be used to furnish DV Connect’s new bridging accommodation complex, currently being purpose-built by Halcyon and Mirvac on the northern Gold Coast.

Due to open in June, the facility is the first of its kind in Queensland and will help affected women and their children start a fresh chapter in their lives.

The largest of ...

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Where the wild things are at Gainsborough Greens

22 May 2019 | by Halcyon Greens

Halcyon Greens at Pimpama sits on the edge of the Gold Coast’s largest manmade wildlife sanctuary.

The 300-hectare wilderness hugs the northern edge of Mirvac’s Gainsborough Greens masterplanned community and provides a green haven for native flora and fauna.

For 15 years, conservationist Matt Keys has worked with Mirvac to oversee the transformation of the massive swamp, forest and farmland parcel into a purpose-built ‘lifeboat’ for the area’s native animals.

Today the fenced sanctuary comprises several large manmade freshwater lagoons, planted native forests, a thoughtfully redesigned 18-hole golf course as well as 50ha of preserved old-growth forests with trees up to 700 years ...

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Lynne and Trevor take the plunge

22 May 2019 | by Halcyon Lakeside

A whirlwind romance that started over an online word game has blossomed into marriage with a beautiful wedding at Halcyon Lakeside’s Recreational Club.

Surrounded by family, friends and fellow home owners, Lynne Shields, 60, and Trevor Renn, 63, signed, sealed and celebrated their partnership on Saturday 2 March.

It was the third wedding ever held in a Halcyon community, and Lynne said they had plenty of neighbourly support in pulling their big day together.

“You forget how much organisation a wedding takes,” she laughed.

“A lot of our friends here helped us out with the wedding; so many putting up the decorations, setting up ...

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Vision’s blokes have a big appetite for their breakfast club

22 May 2019 | by Vision by Halcyon

Halcyon has plenty of ‘ladies who lunch’, so it’s good to know there are also ‘blokes who breakfast’ at Vision by Halcyon.

Once a month, many of the community’s male home owners head off to a Runaway Bay cafe where they sit down to a hearty breakfast and a big helping of camaraderie for an hour or so.

Home owner Marcel van Hooft said the Vision men’s breakfast group started in 2016 by five of the community’s ‘early settlers’ who yearned for a big brekkie of lamb’s fry and bacon.

“These were the men with strong stomachs,” Marcel joked.

“They hunted around for a ...

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Top tips for selling the family home

22 May 2019 | by REIQ Media and Communications Manager Felicity Moore

Selling the family home is a big step, and for many people the decision to sell is understandably difficult. After all, our home is a sanctuary, it’s where we raised our family, and it’s where we can truly be ourselves. We form deep emotional connections with our homes and deciding to leave all that behind for somewhere new can be challenging. 

But as our circumstances change, our homes no longer become fit for purpose and it’s clear that it’s time to move. For many, this decision is closely followed by the next difficult decision – when should I sell to ensure ...

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Northern Gold Coast’s own wildlife sanctuary

18 April 2019 | by Halcyon Greens

A major new ecological habitat spanning more than 58 hectares has been created on the northern Gold Coast by one of Australia’s leading environmental experts.

Habitat’s Matt Keys has transformed a tired cow paddock into a thriving ecosystem at Gainsborough Greens in Pimpama, adjacent to lifestyle community Halcyon Greens.

The region is now regarded as one of the most ecologically diverse areas on the Gold Coast and home to koalas, kangaroos, gliders, eagles, owls and dozens of bird species.

Mr Keys said that careful planning and design started 15 years ago to create a dual function for the ...

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