Biggera Waters

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.

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