Runaway Bay, Queensland

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Runaway Bay
Gold CoastQueensland
Bayview Harbour, Runaway Bay, Gold Coast, February 1989.jpg
Bayview Harbour, 1989
Runaway Bay is located in Queensland
Runaway Bay
Runaway Bay
Coordinates27°54′51″S 153°24′02″E / 27.9141°S 153.4005°E / -27.9141; 153.4005 (Runaway Bay (centre of suburb))
Population9,068 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,225/km2 (3,174/sq mi)
Postcode(s)4216
Area7.4 km2 (2.9 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location
LGA(s)City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s)Broadwater
Federal Division(s)Fadden
Suburbs around Runaway Bay:
Coombabah Hollywell South Stradbroke
Coombabah Runaway Bay South Stradbroke
Coombabah Biggera Waters South Stradbroke

Runaway Bay is a coastal suburb in the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Runaway Bay had a population of 9,068 people.[1]

The neighbourhood of Anglers Paradise (27°55′24″S 153°23′56″E / 27.9233°S 153.3989°E / -27.9233; 153.3989 (Anglers Paradise)) is situated within Runaway Bay.[3] It is the southern area of Runaway Bay developed before 1967.

Geography[edit]

The suburb is bounded by Poinsettia Avenue in the north, by Oxley Drive and Pine Ridge Road to the west, by Coombabah Road and Biggera Creek (27°55′30″S 153°24′22″E / 27.9249°S 153.4060°E / -27.9249; 153.4060 (Biggera Creek)) to the south. In the east, the suburb's boundaries extend into the Gold Coast Broadwater.[4][5]

Of the actual land surface, the land use is residential with the exception of the north-western corner of the suburb which is part of the Pine Ridge Conservation Park (27°54′00″S 153°23′34″E / 27.9000°S 153.3928°E / -27.9000; 153.3928 (Pine Ridge Conservation Park)) which extends north into Hollywell.[5]

Within its sea area, there is:

There is a bridge in the south-east of the locality across the mouth of Biggera Creek to the Lands End headland in Biggera Waters to the south.[5]

History[edit]

In 1939, Robert George Oates (as the Anglers Paradise Development Company) bought 350 acres (140 ha) of land along Biggera Creek (around Ocean Street) and the Broadwater (around Bayview Street). By mid 1950s, there was a town water supply and about 50 homes, both permanent residences and holiday homes.[8] In 1960 the construction of the bridge across the mouth of Biggerna Creek to Lands End (then in Labrador) encouraged further development in the area.[9]

In 1967, the Lae Enterprises company bought 182 hectares (450 acres) of land north of Anglers Paradise along the western shore of the 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.[10] Initially the name was rejected as an official suburb name, but it was used for the local post office, which led to it becoming the official suburb name.[2]

St Francis Xavier's Catholic School opened on 28 January 1975.[11] From that time until 1980, Catholic church services were held at the school by priests from the Southport parish. On 5 October 1980 a separate parish was formed with Father Basil Nolan as the first priest. The Holy Family Catholic Church opened in 1983.[12]

The Runaway Bay Library opened in 1992 with a major refurbishment in 2011.[13]

The Sports Super Centre was established in 2000 by runner Ron Clarke. In 2010 it was expanded to include an education program for schools. In 2011 it was sold to the Queensland Government.[14][15]

In the 2016 census, Runaway Bay had a population of 9,068 people.[1]

Education[edit]

St Francis Xavier School is a Catholic primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 160 Bayview Street (27°54′35″S 153°24′07″E / 27.9096°S 153.4020°E / -27.9096; 153.4020 (St Francis Xavier School)).[16][17] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 627 students with 36 teachers (31 full-time equivalent) and 34 non-teaching staff (24 full-time equivalent).[18]

Runaway Bay Sport and Leadership Excellence Centre is a government sports education centre on the corner of Sports Drive and Morala Ave (27°54′38″S 153°23′51″E / 27.9105°S 153.3975°E / -27.9105; 153.3975 (Runaway Bay Sport and Leadership Excellence Centre)).[16][19]

There are no regular government schools in Runaway Bay. The nearest government primary schools are Biggera Waters State School in neighbouring Biggera Waters to the south and Coombabah State School in neighbouring Coombabah to the north-west. The nearest government secondary school is Coombabah State High School in neighbouring Coombabah to the south-west.[5]

Facilities[edit]

Runaway Bay Police Station is at 190 Morala Avenue (27°54′43″S 153°23′52″E / 27.9120°S 153.3977°E / -27.9120; 153.3977 (Runaway Bay Police Station)).[20]

Runaway Bay Ambulance Station is at 2 Sports Drive (27°54′40″S 153°23′52″E / 27.9112°S 153.3977°E / -27.9112; 153.3977 (Runaway Bay Ambulance Station)).[20]

Runaway Bay has its State Emergence Service facility off Sports Drive (27°54′41″S 153°23′45″E / 27.9113°S 153.3958°E / -27.9113; 153.3958 (Runaway Bay SES Facility)).[20]

Amenities[edit]

Runaway Bay Shopping Centre is in Lae Drive (27°54′46″S 153°23′59″E / 27.9129°S 153.3996°E / -27.9129; 153.3996 (Runaway Bay shopping centre)).[21] Runaway Bay Post office is within the centre.[22]

There is a cluster of fast food restaurants on the corner of Lae Drive and Oxley Drive (27°54′45″S 153°23′20″E / 27.9126°S 153.3889°E / -27.9126; 153.3889 (fast food precinct)).[23]

The Gold Coast City Council operate a public library in Lae Drive (27°54′41″S 153°23′57″E / 27.9113°S 153.3991°E / -27.9113; 153.3991 (Runaway Bay Library)) next to the community centre.[24]

Holy Family Catholic Church is in Simbai Street (27°54′32″S 153°24′04″E / 27.9090°S 153.4010°E / -27.9090; 153.4010 (Holy Family Catholic Church)) adjacent to the Catholic school.[21]

Natural amenities include Pine Ridge Conservation Park and numerous other parks:

There are two boat ramps in Runaway Bay, both managed by the Gold Coast City Council:[31]

Sport and recreation[edit]

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 in Lae Drive (27°54′33″S 153°23′50″E / 27.9093°S 153.3973°E / -27.9093; 153.3973 (Sports Super Centre)) includes a stadium, sports medicine facility, gymnasium and Olympic aquatic centre.[32]

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.[33]

Bayview Harbour Yacht Squadron has a 2.2-hectare (5.4-acre) marina on Oatland Esplanade (27°55′25″S 153°24′23″E / 27.9237°S 153.4065°E / -27.9237; 153.4065 (Bayview Harbour Yacht Squadron)) with access to the Gold Coast Broadwater.[34][35]

A number of well-known sporting teams represent the local area, including the rugby league team, the Runaway Bay Seagulls.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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