Meet Harry & Charlie Rae

Names: Harry and Charlie

Age: 13 and 12 years

Sex: Male

Parents: John and Helen Rae.

What type of dog are you?

Harry: We’re half brothers. Cocker spaniels.

What’s your favourite food?

Charlie: Lamb necks, for sure. When John and Helen picked us up from the pound a decade ago, our teeth needed some attention. After chewing lamb necks for years they are in extremely good condition for our ages.

What is your favourite toy?

Harry: We are well past the toy stage and were never interested, to be honest.

Which part of Living Gems Caboolture do you enjoy the most?

Harry: I love the new kennel that we got when we arrived. I spend most of my day in it.

Charlie: I’m very happy on the patio off the side of the kitchen. The sun shines down onto the tiles in the afternoon, and it’s a very comfortable place to lie down for a nap.

What’s your most annoying habit?

Harry: We’re lovely old geezers with few bad habits, well at least that’s what we tell ourselves.

Charlie: I’ve even toned down my barking since we moved into Living Gems Caboolture. I’m a good boy!

Do you have a standout moment?

Harry: I went on an epic adventure last week and ended up at RSPCA Dakabin. John and Helen didn’t realise I was missing for around six hours, and in that time I got lost, had a ride in a tradie’s utility, escaped the sales office twice, and was taken to a vet in Morayfield before getting a ride to Dakabin. Luckily, I had recently been registered to my new address so could be tracked to my rightful home.

Charlie: It’s not actually a standout moment, but I had a tick and was a very sick boy for several days. After breaking Mum and Dad’s bank account, I recovered reasonably quickly.

Who treats you the best? Mum or dad?

Charlie: They are both lovely people. It’s Mum for me, because it’s Dad who will always hand out the punishment if we’re naughty.

Top Tips For Cruise Ships

Richard & Robyn Cooper | Living Gems CabooltureRichard and Robyn Cooper have done 13 cruise ship journeys in recent years and have another three lined up before March 2018.

They have travelled on all three of the Cunard Cruise Line ships – RMS Queen Mary 2, MS Queen Victoria, and RMS Queen Elizabeth – as well as six cruises on Princess liners, two with Royal Caribbean and another on a luxury European river cruise.

The trips have created plenty of great memories, including being on board for Cunard’s 175th anniversary trip in 2015, when all three of its vessels entered Liverpool’s River Mersey and completed a synchronized 180-degree turn.

“Coming into Liverpool, the number of people we could see on the shores and standing waist deep in 9 degree water waiting and waving for us as we came in was unbelievable,” says Richard.

Incredibly, on that trip the Coopers met a neighbour from home who had lived nearby for years but whom they had never met – they’ve now done eight trips together.

Richard says, “we just like seeing different parts of the world”, and cruise ships are one of the best ways of doing that.

The Living Gems Caboolture residents’ last cruise to the Mediterranean was cut short early when Richard suffered a broken ankle suffered descending the 1,350 steps of Montenegro’s Kotor Fortress, but that hasn’t shattered the Coopers’ enthusiasm for travelling on ships.

Highlights included days in Barcelona where they climbed to the top of the unfinished La Sagrada Familia ( the Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family) – “absolutely fantastic and unreal,” says Richard – and many other works of the iconic architect Antoni Gaudi – “the vision he had was just unbelievable”.

Up next is a trip around Tasmania in December, followed by New Zealand in February and Dubai in March.

Given the amount they travel, the Coopers appreciate the security provided by Living Gems when they aren’t at home.

“It is one of the main reasons we chose Living Gems,” says Richard. “Back when I were on a quarter acre we had to organise people to look after our property. At Living Gems, everything is taken care of.”

Richard and Robyn know their cruises, and here are some of their tips for a successful trip.

Don’t leave home without travel insurance

A broken ankle prematurely ended Richard’s last cruise in the Mediterranean Sea, when he slipped walking down from Montenegro’s Kotor Fortress. He ascended the 1,350 steps no problem, but fell on the way down as he stepped off the track to let some other tourists walk through. His travel insurance covered the business class trip home and also reimbursed him for the two weeks of the trip that he missed. Richard points out however, that once you are back in Australia, you are back under the auspices of the local health system.

Search around for the best deals

It is worth searching around the internet for the best price on websites such as Cruise Finder and Cruise Guru, however, Richard and Robyn usually don’t book through these sites. Flight Centre will beat any price by an Australian competitor by $1, so the Coopers will take the best price and visit Flight Centre at Northlakes. Booking with a reputable travel agent provides peace of mind. “I get a bit worried when I book with various websites,” says Richard.

Consider booking your own airport transfers

Richard has found that he can get cheaper airport transfers by shopping independently from a travel agent. He recommends Suntransfers as an affordable and reliable option.

Look for cruises with plenty of stops

“It can be boring when you spend five or six nights at sea, so we pick trips that have a lot of ports, such as the trip to the Mediterranean, which had only three nights at sea,” says Richard.

Look after your health on board

With so many people sharing a confined space the risk of falling ill on board is real. Richard and Robyn take precautions such as only using their own toilet, refraining from using hand rails where possible, and washing their hands regularly. Richard says he doesn’t blame the cruise ship company for outbreaks of illness, but rather passengers who arrive already ill.

Living Gems Caboolture August Construction Update

Construction of the Living Gems Caboolture clubhouse is progressing steadily.

The fence around the clubhouse precinct has been erected, the structural steel supports for the roof are in place, ready for the roof trusses, and the blockwork for the main building is almost complete.

Take a look at the progress images below…


The workshop underway
Roof over the bowling green
Entry to the clubhouse
Roof over the bowling green


Steel roof support for front entry portico


Steel roof beams over ballroom


Tennis court area (view from scaffold)


Cyclist rides into Living Gems Caboolture
Cyclist Rides into Living Gems Caboolture

Paul and Heather Nightingale were the first to move into Living Gems Caboolture by a matter of days when they arrived in early September, 2016.

The couple, who have three children and seven grandchildren, moved from Ferny Grove after selling their house of 22 years and were attracted by the community aspect of resort living.

“It’s been fabulous — Living Gems is everything we thought it would be and then some. We’re more than happy.”

Living Gems Caboolture Construction Update

Things are moving along with the construction of the Living Gems Caboolture clubhouse precinct.


Blockwork is well underway. Here’s the view to the kitchen and beyond.


The bar and lounge area is taking shape.


Preliminary pipework for swimming pool complete. View across pool to clubhouse building.


Tennis court lighting and fence posts installed.


Footings for Manager residence/residents workshop being poured


Caravan storage slab ready for concrete pour.


Living Gems Resorts in Toowoomba and Caboolture Shows Support for the Australian Cancer Council

Living Gems Resorts in Toowoomba and Caboolture have shown their support for the Australia Cancer Council and hosted Australia’s biggest morning tea on May 25, and May 31 respectively.

Guests at our Caboolture resort were able to raise $259 for the cause. Residents had a great time with a variety of planned games and activities that helped boost donations on the day.


In Toowoomba, Club Glenvale also hosted a morning tea. Guests enjoyed a selection of sweet treats, savoury canapes, tea and plenty of coffee.

Overall both resorts saw a successful turnout. It proved to be a wonderful morning out for attendees, and all for a fantastic cause. Plans for next year’s event are already in the works!

Living Gems Caboolture Construction Update

We are excited to report that construction on our Caboolture Clubhouse precinct is progressing well and on track to completion.

Currently the under slab plumbing and electrical is finished, as is the pool excavation, with steel work currently in progress. Over half of the footings have been dug out and poured. Block work will commence by the end of May (weather permitting).

Initial Press Release

For the safety of residents and guests, we ask that you please do not enter the construction zone at any time. Please also note that the front entry and exit gates will remain open during the day while the final road sections are completed over the next week. Once this is finished, all trades will be required to enter through the construction entry at the eastern end of the site.


Living Gems Caboolture Resort Open Day – Saturday May 6th

Our Living Gems Caboolture 50-plus resort is having an Open Day on Saturday May 6th. The day starts at 10am and finishes at 1pm. Drop in, say hello, and have a look around!


176 Torrens Rd, Caboolture South

Phone number

1800 288 918

Living Gems Caboolture bedroom interior

Living Gems Caboolture kitchen interior

Living Gems Caboolture living room

Living Gems Caboolture kitchen

Living Gems Caboolture has it all. Enjoy life in a community of like-minded people, make friends and have fun. Nature has provided the surrounds, Living Gems creates the active retirement lifestyle.

Homeowners and their guests have exclusive use of a magnificent swimming pool and spa, a stylish country club featuring a beautiful ballroom with a theatre stage and a luxurious cinema. Sports facilities include a tennis court, a covered bowling green and a gym. Creative people can hone their talents in the art and craft studio, the music room and the fully equipped workshop.

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