Australia / Queensland / Gold Coast
North-Facing Waterfront Townhouse
Our waterfront townhouse is located in a secure gated complex in the quiet residential suburb of Runaway Bay in the Gold Coast.
It is north-facing, so warm in winter and cool in summer.
It fronts directly onto one of the palm fringed waterways for which the Gold Coast is famous, which leads directly to the Broadwater lagoon and sea.
The villa is on two levels, with ground floor comprising open-plan entrance, sitting room, dining area, and small gymnasium (with exercise cycle, rowing machine and treadmill).
The sitting room and downstairs area have large sliding windows opening onto a sunny patio and a small garden, then a beach area with our own private pontoon or jetty at which a boat can be moored.
The dining area connects to kitchen, and that to a laundry area and that to a garage.
There is a downstairs toilet.
Upstairs are three bedrooms, with two north-facing and large sliding windows opening onto a balcony overlooking the water.
There are also two bathrooms upstairs, whereof one is en-suite.
The Runaway Cove complex in which our villa is located has a large swimming pool, a hot spa pool, a fully equipped gymnasium, a tennis court, and a barbecue area.
There are cafés and restaurants in our immediate neighbourhood (a few minutes' walk away), and three very safe white sand swimming beaches on the Broadwater a few minutes' walk away (two to three hundred metres).
Kayaking along the waterways from our private pontoon (jetty) to the Broadwater beaches takes about twelve minutes (depending on the tide - a little longer if its coming in).
The closest surf beach is at Main Beach, which is about ten minutes' drive away, or thirty minutes by bike.
Runaway Bay shopping village and library are ten minutes' walk away, several restaurants and cafés are an easy walk away, and there are many other options a short drive away.
Our home is approximately ten kilometres (ten minutes' drive) from Southport (the commercial hub of the Gold Coast) and Surfers Paradise (the main holiday and recreational centre).
The Gold Coast has a population of approximately 600,000 and is a major holiday and recreational destination attracting over ten million visitors each year.
A striking feature is that it is located on two hundred and seventy kilometres of waterways, canals, and lakes.
It is known for its long sandy beaches and water sports, such as snorkelling, kayaking, sailing, jet-boating, fishing, surfing and paddle boarding.
Jet-skis, paddle boards and small or large boats of all kinds can easily be rented or chartered.
There are extensive cycling tracks, and many excellent golf courses.
Other attractions include numerous theme parks (e.g. Dreamworld, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild), an aboriginal cultural centre, wildlife parks, hot air balloon rides, horse riding, go-karting, helicopter rides, bowling alleys, and mountain climbing for beginners or experts.
Although our home is located in a quiet residential suburb, the glitz and glitter of high-rise Surfers Paradise is only ten minutes' drive away and features a vibrant nightlife with clubs, bars, casinos, beachfront market, a huge variety of restaurants, eateries, and cinemas, and large shopping malls. There is something for everyone.
Our home is about four kilometres away from the extensive Coombabah Lake and Wetlands nature reserve, with many hiking and cycling tracks. Here you will encounter indigenous wildlife and see many kangaroos, and wallabies (which are remarkably tame), and if lucky even spot Koala bears up in the trees.
We are also about thirty to forty minutes' drive from each of the three mountain national parks of Tamborine, Springbrook, and Lamington, which also have extensive hiking trails, and in the case of Tamborine, many cafés, galleries, and a famous rainforest skywalk.
There are many wineries and vineyards close by.
The most extensive area of tropical rainforest in the world, the Gondwana rainforests, is located a short drive away.
Public transport from our home is good, with an excellent bus service running down Bayview Street to virtually all Gold Coast locations. There are bus stops in either direction, very close to either entrance to the complex on Bayview Street.
The nearest large city is Brisbane, seventy kilometres away, which is the state capital, with a population of over one million. Brisbane has numerous cultural attractions, museums, art galleries and art centres.
There is an excellent train service between Gold Coast and Brisbane (the nearest station to our home is Helensvale, which is about four kilometres away).
Brisbane International Airport is just one hour's drive away from our home, and Gold Coast Airport about forty minutes' drive away.
The Gold Coast being in south-east Queensland has a subtropical climate, so summers are hot and humid, but for the remaining nine months of the year it is pleasantly warm, dry and sunny. Even in winter day time temperatures rarely drop below twenty degrees centigrade.
We are a quiet, mature couple in our late sixties.
John recently retired from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he was professor of social psychology, and he still keeps an active connection with the university.
Inez is a psychiatrist working at the Gold Coast Hospital in Southport, and has just downsized to being half time.
We enjoy kayaking, cycling, hiking, films, music and eating out.
We are new to home exchanging, as we have had very limited opportunities to get away with both working. With John now having retired we are hoping to get more time to be away from home.
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|Sleeps||3 (3 Bedrooms)|
|Airport||Brisbane (70 km)|
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