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Runaway Bay Accommodation, Hotels, Tours & Information

Runaway Bay

Escape enthusiasts will adore Runaway Bay and not just for the name. Bracketed by South Stradbroke Island to the east and a colourful canal system to the west, it's simple to see why this northern Gold Coast suburb was originally better known as Angler's Paradise. For it's a fishing feast galore here where you can opt for deep sea reef and game fishing, or select the more sedate option of dropping your line in a calm water estuary.

The waterways around here are known for their local snapper, kingfish, pearl perch, tuna, wahoo or mackerel or if you venture out deeper, you might just bag yourself a marlin or sailfish. In the early 1970s, this parcel of land was transformed into the more upmarket Runaway Bay, but the laid-back vibe remains.

These days, there's a local marina packed with luxury yachts and cruises and also plenty of options through which to explore the local waterways though houseboat hire. You don't need the big bucks either as there's plenty of budget options. Landlubbers will enjoy the Runaway Bay Shopping Centre, while sports enthusiasts will be drawn to the aquatic and sports centres nearby. All up, it sounds like the perfect escape.

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Runaway Bay: Where To Go / Sightseeing

The local marina is a great place for lunch and to admire the yachts and luxury cruisers at berth. For anglers, this is also the spot to step on board a fishing charter for a day on the water. Choose from deep sea reef and game fishing or fishing in the calm water estuary. With luck you might find yourself dining on fresh local snapper, kingfish, pearl perch, tuna, wahoo or mackerel. Deep sea fishermen can pit their strength and will against a mighty marlin or sailfish.

Explore the beautiful waterways at your own leisure by embarking on a houseboat holiday. Houseboats are available for hire at Runaway Bay and make for a novel and budget-friendly getaway with family or friends.

Runaway Bay: Shopping

Away from the water, Runaway Bay has a large shopping village, aquatic centre and sports centre and is just five minutes’ drive from one of the state’s biggest brand direct outlet shopping centres.

Runaway Bay: Travel Tips

Runaway Bay is approximately 45 minutes’ drive from the Coolangatta airport and 10 minutes drive from nearby Helensvale train station. Brisbane airport is approximately one hour away by car.