With a holiday vibe  

To live in a coastal paradise such as Ocean Grove is in itself something special. Imagine a retirement village set amidst that same coastal paradise that offers living and aged care options within the same village community. That’s the retirement lifestyle on offer at Deborah Cheetham Retirement Village.

The village will epitomise what it means to live life to the full in retirement. Upon completion, it will be home to more than 300 residents, making it a great way to stay connected and active with like-minded people. You’ll gain a lifestyle and a community you can thrive in. And for those local to the area, it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy our village within your local village.

Our next stage will be released in the coming months. Don't forget to register your interest to be among the first to receive apartment plans and pricing. 

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Stroll through the lovely gardens, explore our village amenities, and step into a beautiful villa, apartment, serviced apartment or care room. Navigate your way through each featured room or area of the village and really get a feel for the place. All without leaving your house. 

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Ryman Pioneers Freedom


Deborah Cheetham retirement village will offer living choices to suit everyone, so residents can live the way they want and blaze their own trails. Our two and three-bedroom villas will be light and spacious, with clean lines and a clever open plan design layout that provides an easy flow throughout.

If down the track you need more support, we will offer assisted-living apartments and a full range of residential aged care options. That freedom and flexibility is empowering for residents and knowing care can be dialled up as needed means, quite simply, ‘no worries’. It's all part of what we like to call the Ryman Difference


Our pioneering approach to retirement living includes resident-friendly terms designed to protect you and your family. Our base weekly fee is fixed for the entire time you occupy your villa or apartment*, and our deferred management fee is capped at 20 percent – one of the lowest in the retirement sector.

These are just some of the ways we’re pioneering a new way of living for a new retirement generation.

*Some conditions apply. 


Enjoy all the upsides of living independently in a Ryman village. Easy living, security, plus a huge bonus – the support of a vibrant village community.


Assisted-living apartments come with support you can count on. A chef-prepared meal, housekeeping – it's great for you and reassuring for your family.


It's hard to put your finger on why Ryman villages just feel different. For the inside knowledge, check out our guide. 

"The people here are absolutely fantastic. They welcome you, and I love that."

Jennett McGaw
Ryman independent resident 

Independent and assisted-living amenities

Ocean Grove Cafe

Connect and unwind

Community is central to the lifestyle so we offer amenities that encourage that sense of togetherness. The village will include a café, dining room, bar, hair and beauty salon, and shop.

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Skills and passions

Retirement is a great time to sharpen your skills on the passions and pastimes that you love. Spend time in the workshop, craft room, billiards room, and library.

Ocean Grove Swimming Pool

Active and thriving

Incorporate regular activity into your everyday routine or enjoy the camaraderie of a little game time. We will offer a swimming pool, spa pool, terrace, gym, bowling green, and village walkway loop.

Pioneers Care


Aged care is not an ‘add on’ at a Ryman village, it is built into the fabric of our villages from the very beginning. It’s comforting for couples and friends to know they can still be near each other even if their health needs are different.

Ocean Grove Village will offer a full range of aged care options including residential aged care (low care and high care) and specialist dementia care. Like all aspects of our villages, we constantly look for ways to improve both the aged care we provide and the innovation behind it. Aged care is customised using our myRyman care app and residents love the food in our seasonal Delicious menu, which is prepared fresh on site by village chefs. 



Personal attention, warmth and building trusting relationships are all crucial to the customised care we provide at our care centres.


Nurturing and caring dementia care communities. Residents are supported to live in the moment, and to feel kindness, love, and security.


It's hard to put your finger on why Ryman care centres just feel different. For the inside knowledge, check out our care guide. 

"My wife is being looked after very well. It gives me a sense of relief."

Ryman independent resident 

Care centre amenities

Beauty Salon

A little pampering

You will be able to treat yourself to a pamper session in our hair and beauty salon or a sweet treat in the shop. 

Communal area

Relax and connect

Lounge and dining areas will provide spaces to relax and enjoy mealtimes. The food tastes great and the social interaction is good for the soul.

The beautiful outdoors

Calm spaces

Tranquil outdoor spaces dedicated to our care residents will allow you to relax and meet with family and friends.

Village location

What's in the neighbourhood?

Ocean Grove Beach

Beautiful beaches

From the family-friendly Ocean Grove Main Beach, to the stunning Thirteenth Beach, Ocean Grove has some of Australia's best beaches on it's doorstep. 


World class golf courses

With multiple picturesque golf courses nestled within the Bellarine Peninsula, you won't be short of options when it comes to playing a round of golf.


OG Winery

Award winning wineries

The Bellarine peninsula is home to a variety of award winning wineries. Take a tour to sample the best of cool climate wines and grazing platters.


Pioneering is part of who we are



That’s why each Ryman village is named after an Aussie or Kiwi trailblazer. Charles Brownlow, Weary Dunlop, Deborah Cheetham to name a few. They lived with passion and purpose, they pushed further, they went beyond the ordinary. That’s exactly what we strive to do every day at Ryman. To pioneer a new way of living, for a new retirement generation.

Deborah Cheetham, AO (1964)

Deborah Cheetham is a pioneer of the Australian arts. A Yorta Yorta woman, she works tirelessly to lift the profile of Indigenous artists and deliver their talents to the nation.

Her candid nature, commitment, and determination have helped her create a platform that promotes a greater understanding of Aboriginal history in Australia.

A soprano, composer, educator, and artistic director, Deborah is known for innovatively pairing the beauty of our Indigenous languages with the intensity of classical music.

She is the co-founder of Short Black Opera, a not-for-profit Indigenous opera company committed to the development of Indigenous singers. Deborah was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2014.

Well known and highly regarded as a leader in the Australian arts for over 25 years, Deborah is passionate about highlighting the strength and importance of Aboriginal history through her art form.

With music and song, she showcases Aboriginal culture and perspectives for all to enjoy and appreciate.

Deborah is a member of the Stolen Generations. Her personal journey took 30 years. She found her way from her adoptive Sydney childhood back to her grandmother’s Yorta Yorta Country.

Her connection to Aboriginal culture flows through her music and operatic storytelling with determined intent. She is not only sharing her story but the stories and history of Aboriginal Australia.

Having graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music Education, Deborah went on to study at the Metropolitan Opera and Julliard School of Music in New York.

Her busy career features a critically acclaimed one-woman play White Baptist Abba Fan, establishing the Dhungala Children’s Choir, an Aboriginal-led children’s choral program, and a commission to write and perform an original composition in the language of the Gadigal people.

This was performed as the Welcome to Country for the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Her achievements have been recognised through many awards.

“Music is my way of knowing the world and giving meaning to everything in it. As a performer, composer, artistic director, producer, and educator I have worked to build pathways for Indigenous artists and new audiences alike.

The work continues while there are still more barriers to breakthrough. I draw on the strength of my ancestors every day and thank them for the song that lives in me.”