Runaway Bay, Queensland

Runaway Bay
Gold Coast, Queensland
Population 8,912 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4216
LGA(s) City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s) Broadwater
Federal Division(s) Fadden
Suburbs around Runaway Bay:
Coombabah Hollywell
Coombabah Runaway Bay Broadwater
Biggera Waters Biggera Waters

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

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.[2]


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.[3]

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.[4]

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.

Notable residents

Alleged Ponzi scheme mastermind, Barry Tannenbaum is a resident

Sport and recreation

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

See also

City of Gold Coast Libraries


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (2011) 2011 Census QuickStats
  2. "Heritage Tours – Runaway Bay". City of Gold Coast. 2005-01-04. Retrieved 2007-11-12.
  3. "Sports Super Centre – Introduction". Retrieved 2007-11-12.
  4. "Runaway Bay Seagulls – Club History". Retrieved 2011-08-19.
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