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
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.
"Southport - The new CBD of the Gold Coast"
Over the years, traditional single family housing has made way for
larger developments, transforming Southport into a higher density
Investors now make up nearly half of Southport’s housing market and around 90 per cent of the unit/townhouse market.
Part of Southport’s appeal is its beautiful Broadwater parks which
showcase some of the best recreational facilities available, including
an aquatic playground offering a multitude of activities ranging from
swimming, boating, fishing and water-skiing to the extreme of
para-sailing and bungee jumping.
Southport boasts numerous large parks and is renowned for its leash-free dog park bordering the Nerang River.
Shopping facilities in the area include Australia Fair and a variety of smaller shopping centres and convenience stores.
A multitude of cafes, takeaways and restaurants are all within a
five minute walk while churches, chemists, dentists, doctors, a
specialist centre and an after-hours medical centre are all within a 10
One of the Gold Coast’s oldest suburbs, Southport is the hub of the
city’s specialist medical services with more than 200 medical
specialists. The mixed use of residential and commercial buildings in Southport
has proven popular with younger and local buyers and is expected to
attract more affluent residents to the area.
Southport is a well-reputed educational centre, offering both
private and State systems. With the prestigious private boarding
schools, TSS – The Southport School and St Hilda’s located in Southport
it generates a lot of business for the area.
Southport is also the major law enforcement region for the Gold
Coast, with the law district court located in the heart of the suburb.
Offering character, variety and liveability, Southport is only six
kilometres from Surfers Paradise and an easy commute from Brisbane.
Rapidly becoming one of the Gold Coast’s real estate development hot
spots, Southport has several high rise buildings scheduled to be built
over the coming few years. As a key regional centre, Southport enjoys a high rate of
employment, with many local residents walking to work or working from
their home office.