We took the plunge and we?re glad we did
FOR Alan and Gabrielle Barker it would be a turning point in their life.
They were sick and tired of being hustled and bustled in Sydney, and with both being Internet savvy, had searched for new digs on the web.
Several possible locations had been pinpointed in a bid to secure a bright new future for themselves and their two children.
But the decision to settle on the Capricorn Coast happened by chance after Alan flew in for a day's work but missed the last flight home.
"It gave me time to have a look around and I liked what I saw,'' said the now assistant principal at a Rockhampton primary school.
"I drove out to the Great Barrier Reef International Resort late that afternoon and fell in love with the place.
"I went back to Sydney and told Gabby that I had found the right spot and she was happy to make the move sight unseen.''
The Barkers, who bought a lot overlooking the golf course and with terrific views of the islands from their second storey balcony, have never looked back.
"People in Sydney always keep saying that when they retire they'll move up the coast.
"We thought, why wait? Let's do it now.
"So here we are.
"We bought a boat, the kids like snorkelling and I like scuba diving.
"So we get out on the reef at every opportunity and we've become a family again.
"We couldn't be happier.