Retirement lifestyle locations in the spotlight: Pakenham

Retirement lifestyle locations in the spotlight: Pakenham

Pakenham, in Melbourne’s south-east and part of the Cardinia Shire, is an excellent location to enjoy your senior years. With infrastructure designed to support a growing population, Pakenham is an easy destination for friends and family to visit.

Casey Cardinia, is a region that has retained its lush farming heritage with green pastural lands that still support grazing, dairy and fruit-growing. At the same time, it is bustling with a growing population and all the services and amenities you need to live local, and live well. Yet, despite its popularity, it has kept its close, small community feel.

What makes Pakenham a great place to live

Culture and history

Pakenham is part of Cardinia Shire, which is located on the traditional lands of the Bunurong/Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation. “Kar dinn yar” means “looking to the sunrise” in Bunurong.

The local community celebrate the traditional owners and you can learn more about the Aboriginal history of the area by viewing artefacts along Winjeel’s Trail. The trail winds through a 1.5-hectare park in Lakeside Pakenham Estate, it features native plants, cultural artefacts that were found at the site and a playground inspired by dreamtime stories.

Cardinia Life recreation centre also celebrates the rich Aboriginal heritage of the area with a display of Aboriginal artefacts that were uncovered when the site for the centre was being excavated in 2004. The display includes historical maps and artworks.

The Berwick-Pakenham Historical Society museum located in the 1912 Shire Office on the Main Street in Pakenham has a display of 2,000 items pertaining to local history including photographs and books. The Society covers an area spanning the old Shire of Berwick including Narre Warren, Berwick, Beaconsfield, Officer, Pakenham, Nar Nar Goon, Tynong, Garfield and Bunyip.

Shopping and cinemas

Pakenham has several shopping centres right on your doorstep that will cover all your day-to-day needs. As one example, along with takeaway, butchery, bakery and fruit and vegetable vendors, Pakenham Place also has both Coles and Woolworths, as well as Target. If you’re looking for something more, just a short 20-minute drive from Pakenham is the expansive Fountain Gate Westfield shopping complex, with cinemas, dining and a comprehensive list of retailers and services.


Just outside the main town centre is Pakenham Golf Club, a flat and easy to walk par 71 course of 5,860 metres. The club has membership options and warmly welcomes visiting golfers.

If you’re happy to go further afield, Mornington Peninsula provides even more golfing options. The Peninsula is an easy 60-minute drive from Pakenham and boasts some of the best golf in Victorian, with 15 clubs, 3 courses listed in Australia’s top 10 and another 6 listed in the top 100!


Home of the mighty Lions, Pakenham Bowls Club has a warm, welcoming feel and all the facilities you need for social, barefoot or competitive lawn bowls. The club has two synthetic greens for bowling year-round, and hosts twilight competitions during summer.


RCA’s Main St Village and Cardinia Waters Village in Pakenham both boast extensive community facilities for village residents including gym and swimming options. Outside of the villages,  there are a number of fitness and sporting centres in the Pakenham area including Cardinia Life aquatic and recreation centre and Pakenham regional tennis centre.

What you’ll find nearby

Under an hour’s drive from Pakenham is the Bunyip State Park, named for the mythical Aboriginal Bunyip or “Buneep” spirit that punishes bad people. The park has a variety of natural settings including green heathlands, bubbling creeks and Mountain Ash forest and is home to native wildlife and birds. Facilities include three separate picnic grounds and six easy to moderate rated walking trails ranging from 45 minutes to 4 hours return.

Pakenham’s proximity to the Dandenong Ranges, provides many opportunities for exploring lush bushlands, gourmet food and drink, scenic drives, and unique cultural and historical sites. Some of the Dandenong Ranges most popular attractions include the Cuckoo restaurant, Mt Dandenong Sky High, Tesselar Tulip Festival, Puffing Billy historical railway, William Ricketts Sanctuary, Trees Adventure tree top walk, and the U Pick Trail.

RCA retirement villages in Pakenham

Just 64 km south-east of Melbourne, nestled in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, Pakenham ideally hosts two of RCA’s vibrant villages Main St Village and Cardinia Waters Village.

Come and explore Pakenham for a day, and book in a tour at one of our more recent retirement villages, Main St Village.  Call to arrange a tour on 1800 72 02 22.

Anna Rogan | Content Services Melbourne

If you are interested in exploring the possibility of a move to a modern retirement village around Melbourne. Booking a tour at one of the RCA Villages around Melbourne can be a great place to start. Visit the website of the village in the region you would like to visit for contact details.

South East Melbourne

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