These days, 60 is almost the new 20! Approaching retirement age gives you the freedom to enjoy fewer responsibilities, more travel and plenty of free time.

For those of us who have raised our children and taken a step back from work, there is so much to do in The Hills District to keep a spring in our step.

Here we discuss ideas to make your retirement years some of the best of your life in our thriving and diverse part of Sydney.

Fun with the grandkids

One of the best things about The Hills District is that most families tend to remain close, with several generations living within easy distance of each other. If you have the opportunity to look after your grandchildren and enjoy spoiling them a little, then there are so many activities you can enjoy together.

Local Hills Shire farms

Once semi-rural, The Hills region of Sydney still offers glimpses of agricultural life. Choose from these three popular farm location, all of which are child friendly:

For active kids in the Hills

If you’re feeling fit (and brave), why not join in some of these energetic activities?

For inquisitive Hills District kids

Get the littlies excited about the world around them. The Museums Discovery Centre in Castle Hill has been described as one of Sydney’s best-kept secrets.

Mini golf for active kids and grandparents

A timeless way to spend an afternoon! Perhaps some putt-putt can introduce the kids to your passion for playing a few holes!

Fill your schedule

There is so much to do in and around The Hills District, who needs the other generations tagging along!

Learn a new skill

You’re never too old to gain some technology know-how or master a hobby which has always intrigued you. From dressmaking to Facebook, there are plenty of classes for seniors.

Take a look at our recent update that discusses how learning never stops in the Hills for a list of courses on offer, or prehaps you’re interested in learning to dance ballroom, tap or even ballet, like we said, it’s never too late!

Return to nature

Another drawcard for the beautiful Hills District is our lush bushland surroundings. Many of us live here for the country feel and enjoy that ‘back to nature’ lifestyle without having to travel too far to Sydney CBD. We’ve recently covered details on some of the most popular walks and tracks in the Hills District to help inspire you to venture out into the great outdoors.

Get handy

Men’s Sheds are a modern take on bringing people together, building community spirit and reducing isolation which can be experienced by older citizens. They’re easy to join as they welcome new members. Here’s two local Men’s Sheds;

The popularity of this movement has given rise to Women’s Sheds too, bucking the stereotype that only men are interested in handywork. The nearest District Womens Shed is in Parramatta. It provides females with a safe and supportive space to learn skills like hanging pictures, using power tools, and doing basic plumbing or carpentry.

Club life

Seniors clubs offer an excellent way for anyone 60+ year of age to meet other people and catch up with what has been going on in the local community.

The Hills District has ample clubs offering activities for seniors, here’s come of the best:

Resort living

Once you bite the bullet and decide to downsize your home, you’ll discover the choices and activities at local retirement villages are extensive, particularly in The Hills. Modern complexes include lifestyle benefits such as golf courses, clubhouses, in-house cinemas, lawn bowls, swimming pools, spacious gardens and beauty salons.

Here’s three local Hills Shire options to consider:

Stay connected

With younger generations staying in touch with people like them on Facebook and other social media sites there’s absolutely no reason why seniors and grandparents can’t do the same. With Hills District Mums and Hills District Dads active parent groups online, perhaps it’s time for a ‘Hills District Grandparents’ group too… let us know if you’d like to join!

Grandparents and retirees run a racket in the Hills!


Jane Booty, Tony Didd and team

Jane Booty, Tony Didd and team

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