Suburb Profile

Originally known as Anglers Paradise this is an ultimate destination for fishing enthusiasts and boaties. Runaway Bay is primarily a waterfront suburb. To the east is the beautiful South Stradbroke Island and to the west lies a very colourful canal system. The area is also popular because it is located close to major shopping centres, restaurants and parklands.

The Runaway Bay Marina is packed with boats galore, marine services and offers lots of options for boat hire, luxury houseboat hire for exploring the local waterways and trawlers sell fresh seafood from the marina. There are also restaurants, cafes and coffee shops that offer an abundance of wonderful cuisine.

Landlubbers and boaties alike will enjoy the Runaway Bay Shopping Centre which is one of the only shopping centres in Australia where customers can arrive by boat with moorings available on the canal. Sports enthusiasts will be drawn to the Super Sports Centre which is a world class facility that was built as a training facility for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.


Coombabah State Primary
Coombabah State High School
St Francis Xavier – Catholic


11.4km to Surfers Paradise
71km to Brisbane
17.4km to Dreamworld
35km to Tamborine Mountain
47km to Coolangatta Airport
78.7km to Brisbane Airport
6.8km to Gold Coast University Hospital
28.4km to Robina Hospital


Runaway Bay Shopping Centre
Runaway Bay Marina
Super Sports Centre
Runaway Bay Motor Inn
Bay Medical Centre


TRANSLink buses are the easiest option for transport in Runaway Bay. These will take you to shopping centres, the beach and connect with the heavy and light rail network.

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