Once an area given over to farming and fishing, Biggera Waters is
now home to a large direct outlet shopping centre known as Harbourtown.
Fishing charters, 4WD trips to North Stradbroke Island, and day trips
to Sanctuary Cove and South Stradbroke Island operate from Biggera
Waters. ust north of the estuary is a marina and Pacific Park, which
has picnic tables, both within the suburb of Runaway Bay.
A ferry departs from the marina adjacent Runaway Bay Shopping Village
for South Stradbroke Island (see entry on Stradbroke Island) and
Runaway Bay is a base for cruises to South Stradbroke and Sanctuary
Cove and for 4WD treks to South Stradbroke. Runaway Bay also has a
Sports Super Centre and skating facilities.
There is a boat ramp at the northern end of Runaway Bay (off Howard
St). Just north of here are the Hollywell marina and, nearby, two boat
ramps on Centenary Drive. There is a yacht club adjacent the walkway
out to Ephraim Island. To its north, Sovereign Islands, the mouth of
the Coomera River and Coomera Island Conservation Park signal the end
of settlement along the Broadwater. 1800 acres of land at the river
mouth were granted in the 1860s to Louis Hope, a pioneer of the
Queensland sugar industry. Nearby Hope Island was named in his honour.
Cable Ski World
Located on Oxley Drive at Runaway Bay, Cable Ski World began as a
waterskiing park but it has since diversified to include such aquatic
and non-aquatic activities as kneeboarding, bungy jumping, jetskiing,
wakeboarding, mini-golf, go-karts, mini speed boats, aqua bikes, paddle
boats, fish-feeding and slingshot bungy. Instructors ensure a safe
environment and there are separate areas for beginners and advanced
skiers, with barefooting and ski jumpingf sessions. It is situated on a
95-acre site, consisting principally of five freshwater lakes,
surrounded by sandy beaches and tropical rainforest. Facilities include
a restaurant, kiosk, barbecue facilities, playground with paddle pool
for young children, games room and beach volleyball.
Cable Ski World is open from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily, with
closing time extended to 9.00 p.m. in the summer months. Each activity
incurs a separate charge. For further information ring (07) 5537 6300.