Tips for Australia Day on the water

Australia Day on the Gold Coast is becoming officially one of the busiest days on the Gold Coast waterways which is why if you are planning on being out on the water, there’s a few things to keep in mind:

Do not drink and drive:The water police will be out in force on Australia Day and for good reason.  It’s one of the highest traffic days on the Gold Coast waterways which means there is little room for those drivers who are doing the wrong things and possibly causing accidents. If you are going out on the boat and intend on having guests on board enjoying a few coldies, ensure everyone knows from the first minute you jump on the boat, who is the designated driver for the day.

Ensure you have the correct amount of life jackets and safety equipment: Most people have a boat so they can invite friends and family along.  If you are planning on having extra guests on the boat, firstly ensure your vessel is allowed to carry the intended number of passengers and secondly ensure every single person has a life jacket.  It is also worthwhile to check all of your standard safety equipment and first aid supplies.

Fuel up: It may sound obvious but you will more than likely be out on the boat on Australia Day longer than usual so ensure that your petrol tank is full.

Join VMR: If you only use these guys once, you have more than paid for your annual membership fee.  Even the most experienced boatie and well-maintained vessel can experience difficulties and being a member of the Volunteer Marine Rescue can make a bad situation a lot more bearable! Click HERE for more information

Stock up on water: Australia day is notoriously hot so make sure, for everyone’s sake, you have stocked up on lots and lots of water.

Have a happy Australia day!


50% Off Hardstand Special


During the months of May and June, the Runaway Bay Marina Shipyard is offering a 50% off hardstand deal*.

Have your vessel lifted out on any Thursday or Friday and relaunch on the following Monday or Tuesday and pay only two days hardstand*.

As boat owners ourselves, we understand how valuable your time is. So don’t waste yours by travelling all the way up the river for shipyard services.

We have all the trades and services you need right here at Runaway Bay. If you prefer to use your own service provider, they are more than welcome to work on your vessel at the Runaway Bay Marina Shipyard*.

Phone our friendly and helpful staff on 55771400 today to make your booking.

*Terms and conditions apply.

Chermoula Prawns Recipe

It’s that time of year when the prawns are fresh and the BBQ’s are firing.  We’ve found this delicious recipe for Chermoula Prawns which is perfect for those occasions when friends drop over or you’re just wanting something light for dinner.






  1. Combine onion, coriander, parsley, garlic, cumin, paprika and turmeric in a large bowl. Stir in oil.
  2. Add prawns. Toss until prawns are well coated. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to marinate.
  3. Preheat a barbecue plate on medium-high heat. Place half the prawns, in a single layer, on barbecue. Spoon over half the marinade.
  4. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes each side or until prawns turn pink. Transfer to a bowl.
  5. Repeat with remaining prawns and marinade.
  6. Serve warm prawns with lemon wedges and tzatziki.
  7. Eat!



Runaway Bay Marina staff burn some rubber!

The engines were revving and the competition was fierce as the crew from Runaway Bay Marina took to the tracks at Slideways Go Karting Gold Coast.  The venue was chosen for the teams 2016 Christmas party and the atmosphere was electric!

Not surprisingly our resident forklift driver, Marty who spends more time behind the wheel, took out pole position and the checkered flag.  Coming in a close second and third were Russell and then Luke from the Marina office.

The rest of us will be sticking to boats and water activities!



Welcome to our new look Runaway Bay Marina website!

Runaway Bay Marina has just undergone a major refurbishment, online.  We appreciate the importance of keeping our visitors, tenants and boat owners informed with a website that is easy to use.

Our updates included more information on our boat storage facilities, marine services and boat sales services in a format that is modern and easy to navigate.

A big thanks to the team at Shared Marketing, who are one of our long-standing tenants at Runaway Bay Marina for the fresh new look website.

If you need any more information regarding any of our services, please contact our Runaway Bay Marina management office today.

Prawn & Chilli Fettuccine

Beau the trawler man is now back and selling his fresh prawns to the public again. Make sure you arrive early to avoid missing out!

Once you get your delicious prawns why not try out our Prawn & Chilli Fettuccine recipe:


  • 350g fettuccine pasta
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 600g medium raw Crystal Bay prawns, peeled and deveined, tail on
  • 2 shallots, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 fresh red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, roughly chopped
  • 4 medium vine ripened tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions.

Step 2
While pasta is cooking, place 2 tablespoons of oil in a large fry pan with high sides over medium-high heat. Add prawns and cook for 2 minutes stirring often. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 3
Add shallots, garlic and chilli to prawns and cook for a further 2 minutes.

Step 4
Add white wine to the pan and simmer for 2 minutes.

Step 5
When pasta is al dente, drain in a colander and add pasta to the prawns and toss gently to mix.

Step 6
Add parsley, tomato and lemon juice to the pan with the pasta along with the remaining tablespoon of oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper and toss well to mix.

Step 7
Using a two pronged carving fork, swirl a quarter of the pasta around the fork. Slide the pasta off the fork, letting it mound in the centre of the pasta bowl. Repeat with remaining pasta.

Step 8
Spoon prawns and remaining sauce from the pan over and around each bowl of pasta and serve.

Concrete Resurfacing at Dry Storage

The concrete within and surrounding the dry storage area of the marina. This maintenance is scheduled to start in the beginning of August.

dry stack concrete resurface

If you have any questions or concerns about our upcoming maintenance of the dry storage please don’t hesitate to contact us and we would be happy to help.

New Tesla Charging Outlet

To keep the Marina’s services up to date with the latest technology we have installed a Tesla charging outlet for patrons with electric vehicles.

The new charging station is located near Gate-D and is ready for use. If you have any questions about this new marina service please contact us.

tesla charging station


For more information on Tesla Charging stations click here.

Are you ready to party at sea? Party Pontoons now at Runaway Bay Marina!

Want to enjoy a little fun on the sea but don’t quite have the funds to purchase your own vessel? Don’t worry about a thing because you can now rent a Party Pontoon and enjoy life on the sea right here in Runaway Bay!

Gold Coast Party Pontoons have moved on in to Runaway Bay Marina offering the most luxurious and best outfitted boats for hire. And don’t worry about your boating license because these fabulous vessels drive themselves.

Each Party Pontoon can carry up to 12 party-goers and are ideal for swimming, snorkeling, fishing or hosting an ocean BBQ as they are outfitted with a huge family-sized cooler, a stainless steel BBQ, a fully enclosed toilet and cafe-style screens to protect the party from wind and sea spray.

Rental rates start at just $450 per day and if you need a little extra assistance in navigating the local seas or are unfamiliar with operating a boat in open water, you can hire a guide to help maintain the pontoon’s course and keep everyone on board safe.

So if you and 11 of your closest mates are ready to live it up on the Gold Coast, contact Gold Coast Party Pontoons today! They are the best self drive BBQ boats on the Gold Coast.

Book Online from this website or call 04 1778 0260 to make a booking.



New Tenants at Runaway Bay Marina

The team and community at Runaway Bay Marina would like to welcome some new marina retailers and service providers that have recently opened.
All of the commercial tenants at the marina are here to make your stay on the water or on the shore as pleasant and easygoing as possible. After-all, life on the sea is the best place to be.

Lightning Boat Builders

Lightning Boat Builders are shipwrights who also offer anti-fouls, boat detailing and repairs.

Call Alan on 0410 564 003 for a competitive quote.

GC Marine Training

If you are in need of a boat license or jetski license, Gold Coast Marine Training are now on site. They can be found on level two of our commercial building or call Heidi on 0487 895 683.
Bookings can also be made online here.

Viking Tackle and Boat Sales

Viking Tackle and Boat Sales for all boat sales and fishing tackle. Call today at 07 5577 2175.

Margarita Cruises

Margarita Cruises offer small group cruises and a water taxi service. They depart from C-Pier and you can book with Neil or Margit on 0438 605 528.

Pro Care Marine

Pro-Care Marine have been around for 13 years.
They offer antifouls, detailing, hull repairs and much more. Call Brendon on 0434 206 788.

Gold Coast Party Pontoons

Gold Coast Party Pontoons offer hire of self-drive vessels with no license required.
They can carry up to 12 people and are located on C-Pier.
Call today on 0417 780 260