9.2 out of 10

Runaway Bay

Ranked 12th best suburb in Gold Coast
-27.9120550807299 153.403354744532
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Gym & Fitness
Not great for
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Beach Lovers

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Sep 07, 2017

"Beautiful location on the Broadwater with access to everything you need"

Runaway Bay is a fabulous suburb with the best of everything. Canal living with easy access to the Broadwater as well as great sporting facilities and shopping. movies and entertainment on the doorstep. Suburban paradise.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Sep 18, 2016

"A truly rewarding and relaxing lifestyle"

Consisting of mainly canal estates and benefits from nearby marinas and shopping centres, you need not go any further than Runaway Bay. The resident's canals offer exclusive waterfront homes for those who enjoy boating on the Broadwater.

Residents also enjoy the Sports Super Centre, covering a large range of sporting activities for the public or elite athletes. The shopping centre caters to all as well as being very close to Harbour Town in the neighbouring Biggera Waters.

You could not ask for too much more. You will have a truly rewarding and relaxing lifestyle in Runaway Bay.
Pros
  • Beautiful Parks
  • Waterfront living
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Has everything you could ask for in a suburb
  • Resale / Rental Value
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5
2yrs+

"Its a great reasonably quiet safe suburb with a mix of older people and young families"

Runaway Bay is located at the northern end of the Gold Coast, it's approx. one hour from Brisbane Airport, 40 mins to Gold Coast Airport and approx. 20mins from Surfers Paradise. The area is made up of properties ranging from houses, duplexes, unit complexes, villas, waterfront homes and a few high-rise apartments

Its has excellent Child Care Centres, Private and Public Schools, Medical Centres, Library and two main Shopping Centres (Runaway Bay Shopping Centre and Harbour Town Shopping with its 150+ stores including a Cinema), there is also a Westfield shopping centre approx. 10 mins away at Helensvale. It is only minutes from the beach and the beautiful Broadwater. It has boating facilities for the boaties including a marina, sporting facilities and public transport

There are numerous Al Fresco dining and quality restaurants within the area, including nearby, Paradise Point, Hope Island, Sanctuary Cove and along the Broadwater.
Pros
  • Has everything you could ask for in a suburb
  • Resale / Rental Value
  • Gym & Fitness
Cons
  • None
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great canal development and close to Harbour Town Shopping"

Runaway Bay, located at the northern end of the Gold Coast, was the original hub of residential activity in the northern Gold Coast region.

The suburb is based around some of the best canal development on the Gold Coast and is one of the few areas to boast bridge-free access to the fabulous Broadwater.

Only minutes by boat to the Gold Coast seaway, the area’s excellent boating facilities include a number of public boat ramps in addition to its own wet and dry storage marina.

The area has a great diversity of real estate catering to the first home buyer through to the million dollar investor, with product ranging from duplexes and villas through to high-rise apartments and large canal front homes.

The trend in recent times in both dry and direct access waterfront areas has been the purchase and demolition of the older style homes to be replaced by modern homes making the most of the coastal lifestyle. With vacant land in the area all but gone, it is not surprising that the few blocks remaining are selling at a premium.

First class shopping and educational facilities in the area are attracting families from around Queensland and interstate. Harbour Town’s 130 stores are appealing to the budget conscious while Oxley Drive is developing a reputation as an Al Fresco dining precinct with a number of quality restaurants.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Great feeling among neighbours, high percentage of owner-occupiers near excellent variety of shops."

Suburb has it's own well established shopping center with parking and canal/boat access. The shopping center has Woolies, Coles, Big W, Target and a lot of other stores typical of an average size shopping center. There is a noticeable absence of troublesome juveniles.

A short drive away has access to factory outlet stores and just about any type of eating establishment you would want. 3 dog-off-leash parks are within walking distance.

For commuters, Morala Ave is parallel to the main arterials and access is easy to the M1 highway about 50 min from Brisbane during light to medium traffic. Public transport consists of a bus station at the shopping center.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"One of the quieter parts of the Coast"

I am not a fan of the Gold Coast, but Runaway Bay is a good middle of the road suburb, with a mix of people from all walks of life.
Recommended for
  • Retirees

Best Streets in Runaway Bay

"The Perfect little cul-de-sac"
-27.9200391854 153.3993005316

Unranked Streets in Runaway Bay

"A street with serenity in mind"
-27.9234081762 153.4013086072
"The most beautiful, & User friendly Esplanade"
-27.91875 153.40712
"Quiet, well sort after, very very hard to buy in to street because always held onto"
-27.9239767894 153.39779789

Lae Dr

3.5/5
-27.9127035622 153.3889323044
"Perfect place to raise a family"
-27.9229881195 153.396896305
"Favourite St on the Gold Coast"
-27.92273 153.40524
-27.9188353645 153.399136607