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Shirley and Peter are mastering the art of living at Halcyon Waters at Hope Island.

Motorbike enthusiasts Shirley and Peter Opie love pulling up at a café, parking their Harley Davidson and taking their helmets off.

“I love seeing the expressions on people’s faces when they see us,” Shirley laughed.

“They don’t expect us to be the age we are.”

The couple, also keen caravanners, have recently moved into Halcyon Waters at Hope Island, having spent the last 20+ years living on Tamborine Mountain after immigrating from New Zealand 30 years ago. “We love it,” Shirley said.

 “It’s a beautiful community and we are meeting lots of lovely people and we can’t wait to just hit the road as it’s easy to lock and go.”

Peter said they have always had bikes, but this is their first Hog having previously owned Japanese bikes and a Triumph.

“I had said that before I die I had to buy a Harley,” Peter said. “Everybody should own a Harley at least once in their life.”

He said there was nothing better than getting out on the open road on a motorbike.

“There’s nothing better than sitting up on the bike, opening up the throttle and powering it up,” he said.

The couple are looking forward to getting back out on the road in their caravan as they also take the Harley with them. “We get out every chance we can get,” Shirley said.

“We’ve got a proper bike trailer so we cart the Harley around with us so we can ride it in all parts of the country.”

“Australia is an amazing place, there is so much to see and do, we are really so lucky.”