Point Cook: a vibrant community to retire
In Melbourne’s west, Point Cook and its surrounds is a great place for seniors to enjoy an active, healthy retirement. Conveniently located, it’s an accessible destination for friends and family to visit. RCA chose to build architectural award winning Point Cook Village here because it’s one of Melbourne’s choice areas to retire, surrounded by the diversity and energy that young and growing families contribute.
All roads lead to Point Cook
Scenically located on Port Phillip Bay’s coastal plain on the western fringe of Melbourne, Point Cook is surrounded by lakes, parklands, wetlands, popular tourist destinations, nature reserves and a marine sanctuary. The city of Geelong and the magnificent beaches and mountain ranges of the Bellarine Peninsula are also within easy reach.
Almost a straight trajectory across the bay from Brighton, Point Cook is less than a half hour drive on the freeway to Melbourne’s CBD, 35 minutes to Geelong, a half hour to Tullamarine Airport and 20 minutes from Avalon Airport.
Access to and from Point Cook is easily found via the Princes Freeway, Westgate Freeway, Western Ring Rd, Western Freeway, Deer Park Bypass and the Geelong Ring Road.
Fresh produce and retail therapy aplenty
Supported by the City of Wyndham – one of the quickest growing municipalities in Victoria– Point Cook is serviced well by Point Cook Town Shopping Centre including food courts, commercial spaces, major retailers such as Target, Aldi and Harris Scarfe, a large medical centre and plenty of specialty shops.
Sanctuary Lakes Shopping Centre is conveniently located just across the road from Point Cook Village and also includes major retailers such as Kmart, Coles and Aldi; and a medical centre with physiotherapy and osteopathic services; a pharmacy; travel agency and plenty of convenient takeaway and dining options too.
The two major retail precincts of Werribee and Hoppers Crossing are both less than a quarter hour drive and easily accessible by car or public transport.
Continuing its legacy from its recent rural past, Werribee South is a green hub of fresh produce supplies from market gardens and grazing lands. Point Cook’s broad range of services and facilities supports a mix of residents from young families to empty nesters and retirees.
Download this fabulous map of fresh produce suppliers throughout Wyndham from Wyndham City Council’s website > Where to buy fruit and vegetables in Wyndham Map.
Entertain visitors with parklands and tourist hot spots
Graced by iconic tourist destinations such as the original and majestic 1870s Italianate masterpiece that is Mansion Hotel and Spa at Werribee Park and its beautiful garden setting, the Victoria State Rose Garden, the tranquility of Werribee River, Shadowfax Winery, Werribee Open Range Zoo, You Yangs Regional Park, Skeleton Creek Wetlands, RAAF Museum and Point Cook Coastal Park and Homestead, the area is popular year round with visitors. What better way to entertain family and friends than packing a picnic for the day and exploring, all within a comfortable, half hour drive? Don’t forget to keep an eye on the Victorian Seniors Card discounts directory and check for any discounts that may be available to you throughout the Wyndham area.
Golf, walking, cycling, boating and more
If golf is a treasured pastime, the well regarded, multi-award winning Sanctuary Lakes Club is a great place to take on 18 challenging holes in a Greg Norman designed picturesque course. Werribee Park Golf Club is another option, offering nearly four decades of history and 18 holes set alongside the Werribee River.
Vast public parklands, coastal plains and wetlands mean that there are infinite options for packing a day pack and heading off for a walk or a meander on a bike. Federation Trail, Lollypop Creek Trail, Werribee River Trail, Heathdale Glen Ordern Wetlands Trail and Skeleton Creek Trail are just a handful of options. Point Cook Coastal Park and You Yangs Regional Park provide a range of walking challenges from easy to difficult.
Wyndham Harbour Marina is under development and promising a purpose built landscape for boating, cycling, walking and cafe enthusiasts to enjoy equally. The Marina has also developed two new beaches for local residents and visitors to indulge in.
Summer polo events are often hosted at Werribee Park Mansion. And if horse racing is an interest, Werribee Racecourse is only a 15 minute drive away.
Or is arts, history and culture more your thing?
Wyndham City Council boasts four public libraries, the Wyndham Cultural Centre, including Performing Arts auditorium, Tattersall’s Theatre and Wyndham Art Gallery and lots of art and cultural community events.
On days where the outdoors beckons, Werribee Park Sculpture Walk hosts a changing collection of work by Australia’s leading sculptors all year round.
For a day of history, culture and indulgence, Werribee Park is the place to visit. Find out more by visiting Parks Victoria’s Werribee Park pages.
And the essentials – hospital, medical and vet clinics
Werribee Mercy Hospital services the south western residents of Melbourne. Located on the Princes Freeway, Werribee, it is less than 10 minutes’ drive from Point Cook. It offers the full suite of hospital services. There are also too many medical centres and veterinary clinics in close proximity to mention.
The University of Melbourne Veterinary Clinic, U-Vet is located in Werribee if you want some of the best pet care in Australia for your other family members.
The larger medical centres include Point Cook Medical Centre, Point Cook Superclinic, Werribee Family and Children Medical Centre and Hoppers Crossing Medical Centre, all of which are within a quarter hour drive from Point Cook.
The commuting to and from anywhere is easy
Our residents at Point Cook Village have use of the Village Bus to get to local shopping precincts, local points of interest or public transport stations to travel further afield. Because Point Cook and its surrounds provides a broad range of services, any travel beyond the Village Bus tends to be for leisure, visiting, a day out with friends or family or holidays.
Travelling to and from Point Cook by car
To get to Melbourne’s CBD, the entrance to the Princes Freeway M1 from Point Cook Road is merely a hop, step and a jump away and will take you straight over the Westgate bridge and across to the spoils of the city just 23 kilometres away, or less than a half hour toll-free drive.
Travelling to and from Point Cook by rail
If you are eligible, your Seniors Card is your ticket to inexpensive travel by public transport.
Metlink trains run every 20 minutes, 7 days a week to and from Werribee station to the Melbourne CBD. Werribee station is situated in the heart of Werribee’s retail shopping precinct.
The nearest railway stations for Point Cook residents on the Werribee line include Williams Landing, Werribee, Laverton and Aircraft stations and are all no more than 8 minutes drive from the centre of Point Cook. It is approximately 40 minutes to commute to Melbourne’s CBD by rail.
For more detailed information on rail transport, visit www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au.
Travelling to and from Point Cook by bus
Taking a flying holiday? Picking up interstate guests?
Avalon Airport provides connecting flights to most major Australian cities and is just a 20 minute drive along the Princes Freeway M1 to Point Cook.
Point Cook is a half hour drive north east from Tullamarine Airport via the Western Ring Road and the Princes Freeway M1.
Interested in continuing to learn, or learn something new?
There are a number of options available for study. Victoria University is located in Hoppers Crossing. University of the Third Age (U3A) popular with knowledge hungry seniors and retirees is less than 15 minutes away in Werribee. Wyndham Cultural Centre also run community classes on topics of interest. For more information, Wynlearn is a web site designed by the Wyndham Library Service to bring together information about local learning opportunities.
Like to know more about living in Point Cook?
If you’d like to find out more about retiring in, or visiting Point Cook here are some websites you may find helpful:
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