About Us

Sawtell Catholic Care of the Aged is a not-for-profit organisation which includes Marian Grove Retirement Village including Villa Maria self care units, and Mater Christi residential aged care facility.

The location of Marian Grove and Mater Christi on the North Coast of New South Wales, ensures an idyllic lifestyle and climate. The surrounding country side is one of golden beaches and semi-tropical rainforests reaching up into the Great Dividing Range. The district is famous for its spectacular vistas and interesting villages and craft communities.

Within easy reach of the facilities lie the following centres and services:

Centro Shopping Centre is located within walking distance, approximately 1km, and contains two major supermarkets, financial institutions, newsagent, specialty shops, video shop, liquor store, post office and petrol station. Busy Bee Shopping Centre nearby, contains a hardware store, doctors, dentists, accountants, library etc.

Sawtell is a seaside village located approximately 3km east and offers safe patrolled beaches, as well as most sporting activities including golf, bowls, tennis, croquet and fishing. The main street is dotted with small specialty shops, banks, post office, caf├ęs, clubs, hotel, professional services and a heritage listed cinema.

Coffs Harbour
Coffs Harbour is a University City, located approximately 10km north and is a major business centre for local and surrounding communities. Coffs Harbour includes most services associated with a city, including two hospitals, emergency services, shopping centres, cinemas, hotels, restaurants, race course, olympic pool, professional services, botanic gardens The Coffs Harbour Education Campus (CHEC) is located between Sawtell & Coffs Harbour and includes Southern Cross University and TAFE North Coast Institute.


  • Air: Coffs Harbour Airport is situated centrally and offers daily flights to adjoining capital cities i.e. Sydney and Brisbane. A direct flight to Melbourne is also available each Saturday.

  • Rail: The main North Coast railway line runs through the region with stations at Sawtell and Coffs Harbour.

  • Bus: Local bus companies operate daily. Most interstate services operate through Coffs Harbour.

Sporting and recreational facilities are abundant. These include bowling (lawn, indoor, Tenpin), golf, tennis, swimming (surf, indoor/outdoor heated/non-heated pool), boating, fishing, bush walking, cards (bridge), all codes of football, cricket, croquet etc.

Most health professions are represented in the Coffs Harbour area. In addition, the Coffs Harbour Health Campus, Baringa Private Hospital, Radiology and Pathology services are available to residents of Coffs Harbour and surrounding communities. Other emergency services including police (land and water), ambulance, fire, State Emergency Service (SES), North Coast Westpac Rescue Helicopter are also available.