BEAUTIFUL LIFESTYLE: Bribie Island couple Alan and Trish Gallagher reckon the island is a great place for retirees.
BEAUTIFUL LIFESTYLE: Bribie Island couple Alan and Trish Gallagher reckon the island is a great place for retirees. Dominic Geiger

Stats show Bribie is a haven for elderly

BRIBIE retiree Trish Gallagher, 61, doesn't like the island's colloquial nickname of "God's waiting room".

She prefers "Retirement Island".

"When you get to our age you wouldn't like to say it's God's waiting room," she said.

Whatever you call it, data published last week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics has backed up what anyone who's spent time on Bribie has suspected - it's a stronghold of the elderly.

According to the numbers, the median age on the island is 58.6 - effectively making it the suburb with the third oldest population in the country.

Bribie was only beaten by Tuncurry (59.6) and Tea Gardens (60.6), both in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales.

By contrast, parts of the country with the youngest populations included Yarrabah (22.9) in Far North Queensland, Acton (22.9) in the ACT, and Thamarrurr (23) in the NT.

Having moved to the island two years ago from Landsborough with husband Alan, Mrs Gallagher said she could understand why it was so popular with older people.

"It's got everything we want here," she said.

"It's flat, you can walk everywhere, ride everywhere.

"It's just a beautiful lifestyle and you can go to Brisbane in an hour."

Mr Gallagher, 65, said Bribie was a great place to take the couple's grandchildren.

"They can swim, you can take them fishing," he said.

"It's a good safe environment."

Mr Gallagher even had praise for Moreton Bay Regional Council's work on the island.

"I think the council do a magnificent job here," he said.

"And they clean the barbecues every day."

When asked whether there were any pitfalls about living on retirement island, Mr Gallagher only had this to say:

"You just have to be a little careful when you're driving," he said with a laugh.

"Be aware there are a lot of older people here."

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