Residents get hands-on at serene Cedarbrook

The Gold Coast’s newest aged care community – and the first in Australia to incorporate a working horse and cattle farm – is officially open.

Nestled in the foothills of the Gold Coast hinterland at Mudgeeraba, Carinity Cedarbrook was officially opened by the Federal Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM on November 14.

Cedarbrook is an aged care haven unlike any other. It’s a country-style getaway with state-of-the-art hotel-style amenities.

Cedarbrook Residential Manager Kathy Nicholls says feedback from the precinct’s first residents shows they love the sense of community at their new home – a feeling of serenity without being isolated.

“They find it really homely with a nice feel to the place. It’s like living in a rural area while not being alone or remote,” she says.

Cedarbrook offers the tranquillity and privacy of semi-rural living. So much so that residents can watch from their suites as horses and cattle graze on the adjoining Cedarbrook Farm, which will soon have beehives and honey production as well.

The innovation in aged care is made possible through a pioneering arrangement with The Southport School, which uses Carinity’s 31-hectare site for its Science Agriculture operations.

Cedarbrook’s 96 light-filled private suites are situated across three levels with sweeping views of the farm. Each floor features kitchen hubs and a dining lounge, with delicious meals and delectable sweets created fresh daily by an on-site chef.

Catherine Polaschek, whose husband Gerard lives at Cedarbrook, says it is a “very calming and relaxing” way to live.

“Cedarbrook is a delightful place to come to, in the country. The facilities are fantastic! There’s beautiful spacious rooms, the meals are scrumptious, the staff are brilliant. Everything’s really wonderful,” she says.

Minister Wyatt said with Cedarbrook, Carinity is “showing the way to the future of aged care”.

“This is a truly outstanding residence, designed to support the best possible quality of life for everyone who makes it their home,” he said.

Carinity Cedarbrook is now accepting applications for new residents. For more information go to or call 07 3550 3783.

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