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Five of Queensland's best weekend getaways

29 April 2016 | by Halcyon

Queensland, with its endless pristine beaches and exotic lush rainforests, has an other-worldliness that you won’t find anywhere else in Australia. Its size means you’ll be hard pressed to run out of places to explore and its diversity means you’ll never tire of trying.

Here are five of the best getaways you can experience over a weekend.

1. The Glasshouse Mountains

Tucked away in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, the Glasshouse Mountains National Park is only an hour north of Brisbane and make for a spectacular weekend away. 

The sharp volcanic peaks are particularly impressive and are listed on the National Heritage Register. You can ...

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Recipe: Anzac Biscuits

22 April 2016 | by Halcyon

Ingredients
1 cup (150g) plain flour
1 cup (80g) desiccated coconut
1 cup (90g) rolled oats
1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
1/4 cup (55g) brown sugar
125g butter
2 tablespoon golden syrup
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Method
Step 1:


Preheat oven to 180C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Place the flour, coconut, rolled oats and combined sugar in a large bowl and stir with a wooden spoon to combine.

Step 2:
Place the butter and golden syrup in a small saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 mins or until butter is melted. Set ...

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Top three things to look for in a retirement village

15 April 2016 | by Halcyon

A retirement village may represent the next stage of your life, but it needn’t be a stressful, difficult decision. There are countless possibilities out there, which can make the choice harder, but the important thing is to remember your priorities.

Simplify the process by looking at the three of the most vital elements of a retirement village - location, lifestyle, and community.

Location

Much like buying a house, the location will likely be your biggest priority. For example, the closer you are to family and friends, amenities such as shops and entertainment hubs and attractions such as the beach or walking areas, the ...

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Shave for a cure

14 April 2016 | by Halcyon

Article appeared in Marcoochy Weekly, 14 April 2016.

A group of 90 home owners at Bli Bli over 50’s community Halcyon Landing have come together to raise money and awareness for the Leukaemia Foundation.

A third of the community signed up to participate in the World’s Greatest Shave last Friday, and either shaved or coloured their hair.

Home owners raised more than $20,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation, in a cause close to their hearts, some being personally touched by the disease.

It was the third time Halcyon Landing community manager Donna Osborne lost her locks as part of The World’s Greatest Shave.

“For me, it’s ...

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Residents lap up lifestyle

09 April 2016 | by Halcyon

Article appeared in the Courier Mail, 9 Apr 2016.

Hope Island’s Vision by Halcyon residents are reveling in the waterfront community’s newly opened Leisure Club.

Arriving at Halcyon a week before the club opened in March, Chris Podmore said it made her feel as if she was on holidays with its floating boathouse, marina and piazza.

There is also a covered pool and spa, gym, cinema, library, bar, dance floor and space for games and crafts.

“It would be hard to pinpoint my favourite area of the centre,” Ms Podmore said.

“When happy hour’s over there, it’s fantastic and they also have a fantastic kitchen ...

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Three great books on retirement

08 April 2016 | by Halcyon

For those looking to move into the retirement stage of life, it will likely be the first large change in a long time. So how can you navigate these new and unfamiliar waters?

Books by those who have ‘been there and done that’ can be a wonderful resource. Here are three of the best to read to help you figure out your next steps.

How to retire happy, wild and free

This book by life coach Ernie Zelinski is a highly popular one. It covers everything to do with retirement from reaching your retirement goals and using your savings, to staying relaxed and ...

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How to protect your bones through diet and exercise

01 April 2016 | by Halcyon

There are approximately 1.2 million Australians living with osteoporosis and a further 6.3 million with low bone density, according to Osteoporosis Australia.

While women are more likely to encounter low bone density after menopause, men are also at risk and both genders are more likely to be susceptible if there is a history of osteoporosis in the family.

Fortunately, many cases can be helped through diet and exercise.

Calcium plays a huge role in strong bones and the requirement for calcium-rich foods only increases with age, so even if you’ve been an avid milk drinker and dairy fan throughout life, you may need ...

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