Runaway Bay

Escape enthusiasts will adore Runaway Bay and not just for the name. Bracketed by South Stradbroke Island to the east and a colourful canal system to the west, it's simple to see why this northern Gold Coast suburb was originally better known as Angler's Paradise. For it's a fishing feast galore here where you can opt for deep sea reef and game fishing, or select the more sedate option of dropping your line in a calm water estuary.

The waterways around here are known for their local snapper, kingfish, pearl perch, tuna, wahoo or mackerel or if you venture out deeper, you might just bag yourself a marlin or sailfish. In the early 1970s, this parcel of land was transformed into the more upmarket Runaway Bay, but the laid-back vibe remains.

These days, there's a local marina packed with luxury yachts and cruises and also plenty of options through which to explore the local waterways though houseboat hire. You don't need the big bucks either as there's plenty of budget options. Landlubbers will enjoy the Runaway Bay Shopping Centre, while sports enthusiasts will be drawn to the aquatic and sports centres nearby. All up, it sounds like the perfect escape.

Lae Drive
Runaway Bay, Gold Coast Area
Queensland
Australia

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Diamondvale Cottages

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$175 - 250
Diamondvale Cottages - privacy, tranquillity, comfort and only two kilometres from town. They have five self-contained cottages, amidst 30 acres of unique granite bushland, along Quart Pot Creek. Snuggle up with someone special next to the romantic log fires.

Girraween Environmental Lodge

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$250 - 295
Experience the Granite Belt from a secluded chalet at the Girraween Environmental Lodge. Set on 400 acres, abundant with native wildlife, surrounded by National Park. Close to wineries and Ballandean restaurants.

31 The Rocks

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$170 - 240
31 The Rocks is stylish, modern Stanthorpe accommodation in deluxe villas only minutes from Granite Belt wineries set amongst granite boulders with individual bush settings. The self-contained cabins are located on a 10 acre property located within the Stanthorpe Township, making it the perfect place for special occasions, short breaks or extended stays.

Sundown National Park Camping

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$6.35 - 25.40
Journey along back roads to the spectacular wilderness of Sundown National Park on the Queensland–New South Wales border. With its dramatic landscape of sheer-sided gorges, tree-lined ridges and peaks rising over 1000 metres above the Severn River, discover for yourself the park’s wild isolation.

Ridgemill Estate- Cabins

Severnlea, Southern Downs Area
From AU$180 - 285
Relax in one of their eight intimate contemporary self-contained studio cabins, enjoy spectacular vineyard views with interiors that exude luxury. Complement the pristine natural environment and provide a private place to rest, relax and refresh.

Girraween Country Inn

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$155 - 275
The Girraween Country Inn Ballandean is best described as a small friendly comfortable country style Boutique Hotel, consisting of a selection of tastefully designed king ensuited rooms for accommodation, including a fully cooked hearty breakfast for all inn house guests.

Girraween National Park camping

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$6.35 - 25.40
Girraween, meaning 'place of flowers', is a park of massive granite outcrops, large angular tors, and precariously balanced boulders. Spectacular wildflower displays splash colour among the granite in spring.

Possum's Hollow and Hooter's Hut

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$150 - 245
Possum's Hollow and Hooter's Hut (possum and owl themed) are gorgeous two bedroom cabins hidden away amongst 60 acres of scenic natural bushland in Queensland's Granite Belt, offering spacious comfortable accommodation for up to six people each.

Alure Stanthorpe

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$360 - 495
Alure Stanthorpe is exclusively for couples who want to indulge in a sublime, romantic retreat and experience the ultimate in sophisticated, self catering bed and breakfast accommodation. This first class luxury tent camping/glamping experience is complete with every convenience you could never imagine you'd find in a tent.

Loughmore House and Cottage

Eukey, Southern Downs Area
From AU$210.00 - 280.00
Comfortable and cosy house and cottage accommodation in the heart of south east Queensland's Granite Belt wine region. Relax with family or friends in their fully renovated three bedroom Queenslander, or take a quiet break in their fully self-contained one bedroom cottage.
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