Runaway Bay, Queensland

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Runaway Bay
Gold CoastQueensland
Population9,068 (2016 census)[1]
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 Broadwater
Biggera Waters Biggera Waters Main Beach

Runaway Bay is a coastal suburb on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. At the 2011 Census, Runaway Bay had a population of 8,912.

The neighbourhood (former town) of Anglers Paradise is situated within Runaway Bay.[2] It is the southern area of Runaway Bay developed before 1967.


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.[3]

The Runaway Bay Library opened in 1992 with a major refurbishment in 2011.[4]


Runaway Bay Shopping Village is the main shopping centre in the suburb. Harbour Town Shopping Centre is located nearby in Biggera Waters. The Gold Coast City Council operate a public library in Lae Street next to the community centre.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

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[edit]

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

See also[edit]

City of Gold Coast Libraries


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Runaway Bay (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 February 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Anglers Paradise - neighbourhood in the City of Gold Coast (entry 613)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Heritage Tours – Runaway Bay". City of Gold Coast. 4 January 2005. Archived from the original on 9 September 2007. Retrieved 12 November 2007.
  4. ^ "Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016-17" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. November 2017. p. 13. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Runaway Bay Library". Gold Coast City Council. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Sports Super Centre – Introduction". Retrieved 12 November 2007.
  7. ^ "Runaway Bay Seagulls – Club History". Archived from the original on 17 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011.

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