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A boutique retirement village in Highton

Charles Brownlow Village, located in Highton only 15 minutes from the heart of Geelong, currently have a number of serviced apartments available now. Nestled between parklands and a quaint shopping village, this leafy suburb is a prestigious location featuring scenic hills and the Barwon River. If you live in the area, you’ll know that it’s the ideal setting to embrace everything retirement living has to offer.

A Ryman village like Charles Brownlow offers living choices to suit everyone, giving you the freedom to live the way you want. You can choose from independent apartments and villas, and if you need a little extra support, assisted-living in a serviced apartment could be just what you need. A state-of-the-art aged-care centre is available within the same village community offering residential aged care (low care and high care), and specialist dementia care. 

The village epitomises what it means to live life to the full in retirement. 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 independent apartments and villas are fully sold but you can join our waitlist by registering your interest. Serviced apartments are available now and we welcome tours - enquire today

Learn more about our namesake Charles Brownlow

Watch a tour of an independent apartment


Walk-through an assisted-living apartment



Upcoming events at Charles Brownlow

Independent and assisted living


Charles Brownlow village will offer living choices to suit everyone, so residents can live the way they want and blaze their own trails. Our villas and apartments will be light and spacious with well-considered layouts, and have balcony or patio options. For year-round comfort, all apartments and villas are air conditioned and heated.

We also offer assisted-living apartments and a range of care options. Its all part of what we like to call the Ryman Difference.


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

*Some conditions apply. 

Independent and assisted-living amenities


Connect and unwind

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


Skills and passions

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

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Active and thriving

Incorporate regular activity into your everyday routine or enjoy the camaraderie of a little game time. The village will feature a swimming pool, spa pool, gym and bowling green.

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

Jennett McGaw - Ryman independent resident


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. 

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Home Care Packages are suitable for those who need help with a number of everyday tasks, from home cleaning and daily support to transport and social outings.


Aged-care when you need it

Our retirement villages offer a range of care options - not as an add-on, but woven into the fabric of our villages. 

Charles Brownlow 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. 

Care centre amenities

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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. 


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.


Calm spaces

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

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

Brian - Ryman independent resident


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. 

Village location

What's in the neighbourhood?


Shopping centre and local amenities

The village is located just down the road from Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre and close to local amenities such as Leisurelink Aquatic and Recreation Centre and Epworth Hospital.


Easy access to cities via the Freeways

Charles Brownlow Village is approximately a 15-minute drive from Geelong city centre and is only 7km from the ring road freeway. Offering convenient access to Melbourne.

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Local parks and attractions

The natural beauty that is Highton and its surrounds includes Buckley Park Falls only a short drive away, and St Augustine's Water Hole and Parklands.



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Each Ryman village is named in honour of a Kiwi or Aussie trailblazer: Anthony Wilding, Lady Diana Isaac, Evelyn Page. They pushed further and set the bar high for others to aspire to. In creating communities that challenge the expectations of ageing, Ryman villages are also setting the bar high. They’re demonstrating that a retirement lifestyle brimming with new experiences, connections and fulfilment is something we should aspire to. Our Aussie and Kiwi namesakes represent the measure of inspiration, while Ryman villages represent the measure of retirement living.

Charles “Chas” Brownlow (1861-1924)

Geelong born and bred Chas Brownlow is one of Australian sport’s most influential figures. A forefather of Aussie rules, Chas began his playing career in 1880 and captained the Geelong Football Club in 1883, leading it to a premiership that season.

But it was after hanging up his boots in 1884 that Chas would make his biggest impact on the competition we know as AFL. Overseeing the game in its infancy, Chas helped shape its rules and build the foundation of our beloved AFL. By day, he earned a living as a watchmaker operating a store in Geelong.

Chas served as secretary of the Geelong Football Club for 37 years, retiring from the position a year before his death. He became Geelong’s delegate on the Victorian Football League board from 1902-1922. As a member of the VFL board, he was vice president, the VFL’s delegate on the Australian Football Council from 1911-1916, and chairman of the permit and umpires committee from 1911-1922. Chas became president of the Australasian Football Council in 1919 and served the game in that position until his death.

Committed to shaping the game in its early years, Chas had a significant impact. Upon the foundation he helped build, the VFL spread across Australia in the 1980s, changing its name to the AFL in 1990. In 1997 Chas was inducted as an administrator into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

In the 1924 season immediately following his death, the VFL named an award for the competition’s fairest and best player in his honour. The Brownlow Medal continues to be one of the most sought-after individual accolades in the sport, with recipients recognised as among the greats of the game.

Chas spent his sport administration career dedicated to excellence and integrity. And his commitment to Australian football shaped our national game. It’s fitting that his name continues to be synonymous with those values.