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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Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$0 - 12
25 November 2017 – 18 February 2018
The worlds biggest names in fashion photography are coming to Gold Coast City Gallery at The Arts Centre Gold Coast in Summer 2017 to 2018. Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast celebrates iconic images from the first fashion photographs of the early twentieth century through to the modern day.

Stand Up Comedy at The Avenue - Jonathan Atherton and Paul Mcmahon

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 13 December 2017
Wednesdays are their new favourite with top comedians from around Australia and around the world joining them every week to entertain at The Avenue - this week featuring Jonathan Atherton and Paul Mcmahon!

Christmas in Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
13 December 2017
Experience the sun-drenched magic of a quintessentially Australian Christmas in Surfers Paradise, as Santa dons boardies and arrives in a surfboat sleigh drawn by kangaroos to spread festive cheer to families and visitors throughout the world-famous holiday precinct from Wednesday 13 to Sunday 24 December.

Avenue Comedy Night Every Wednesday Night

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 13 December 2017
Every Wednesday night, The Avenue welcomes local and international comedians to the stage for a hilarious night of entertainment. With free entry, electric atmosphere, talented guests and a delicious menu, make Wednesday night at The Avenue your new weekly ritual.

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 13 December 2017
The iconic Beachfront Markets have been adorning the foreshore of the popular tourist precinct of Surfers Paradise since 1995, catering year-round to holiday-makers and locals alike. Each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening, from 4pm to 9pm, thousands of visitors make their way to the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets to enjoy some relaxed retail therapy by the world-famous beach.

Karaoke at The Avenue

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 18 December 2017
The Avenue hosts the Gold Coast most popular Karaoke show every Monday night from 8.30pm. Featuring the amazing Karin from Red Hot Entertainment. Come and join the fun, where everyone becomes a star.

A Taste of Ireland - The Christmas Spectacular

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$59.90 - 69.90
19 December 2017
The magical tale of two star crossed lovers born of an Irish soul, told through music and dance. As one leaves the homeland in search of their freedom, their heart stays in the Emerald Isle waiting for their return home.

Ballroom Christmas Day Lunch Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$79 - 199
25 December 2017
Be merry this Christmas and let them do all of the work! A cheerful display of Christmas treats await as Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise host the annual Ballroom Christmas Day Lunch. Explore a variety of Queensland Christmas lunch favourites including fresh seafood, traditional meats, salads and kid’s buffet.

New Year's Carnival in Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
27 December 2017 – 1 January 2018
Surfers Paradise will go off with a bang this New Year’s Eve, as the renowned holiday playground gets set to host a colourful carnival of rides and attractions for all ages, as the fun-filled New Year’s Carnival culminating in three spectacular fireworks displays on December 31, lighting up the skies across over the ocean in the New Year.

New Orleans Mardi Gras New Year’s Eve

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$25 - 175
31 December 2017 – 1 January 2018
Brace yourselves Surfers: Hard Rock Cafe has been possessed by party spirits from the deep south of the USA to bring you New Orleans Mardi Gras New Year’s Eve. Rockers can expect to jam to a live jazzy funk band followed by a vibin’ DJ, with party props and all-around party vibes on par with Mardi Gras celebration made famous by the American city of New Orleans.
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