Runaway Bay, Queensland
Gold Coast, Queensland
|Population||8,912 (2011 census)|
|LGA(s)||Gold Coast City|
The locality of Anglers Paradise is situated within Runaway Bay. In 1967, the Lae Enterprises company bought 182 hectares of land along the western shore of the Gold Coast Broadwater. Development started in 1972 to transform the subdivision into a residential and boating area. The name "Runaway Bay" was coined to promote the area as a tranquil retreat.
Runaway Bay Shopping Village is the main shopping centre in the suburb. Harbour Town Shopping Centre is located nearby in Biggera Waters. Runaway Bay also contains a public library branch, next to the community centre. Natural amenities include Pine Ridge Conservation Park and various parklands along the western shore of the Broadwater. The Runaway Bay Marina, along with the resident Yacht Squadron, is located just north of the suburb, in Hollywell. Like in many other Gold Coast suburbs, many homes in Runaway Bay are situated along artificial canals.
The Sports Super Centre is a premier sports training and events facility in the Gold Coast. Facilities accommodate athletics, cricket, AFL, netball, soccer and indoor sports. The sports centre includes a stadium, sports medicine facility, gymnasium and Olympic aquatic centre.
The suburb is also home to the Runaway Bay Junior Rugby League club, which was formed in 1974 after local residents met at the old Runaway Bay shopping centre with the intention of forming a club for kids to play sport.
St Francis Xavier School is the only school in the suburb. Biggera Waters Primary school is located in the adjacent suburb of Biggera Waters, and Coombabah High School is located in the adjacent suburb of Coombabah; A. B. Paterson College (P–12) is also located in nearby Arundel.
Sport and recreation
A number of well-known sporting teams represent the local area, including the rugby league team, the Runaway Bay Seagulls.