Epic Queensland The Surf Lakes wave pool confirms opening to the public
Surf Lakes in Yeppoon has been a surfing secret for years. Now it’s made public. Photo / Rambo Estrada; Instagram, chrishemsworth; Provided
A wave pool research and development site in central Queensland will open to the public in 2024.
The Surf Lakes site between Rockhampton and Yeppoon, around eight-and-a-half hours north of Brisbane, has been operating as a prototype to test and develop unique wave-making technology since 2018.
Since then, the global surfing community has been captivated by a steady stream of images from the site.
But when or if it would ever open to the public has been largely kept under wraps – until now.
Global Surf Parks (GSP), a wave pool development and operation company, has confirmed that it has signed an agreement with Surf Lakes International to transform the research and development site into a mainstream surfing experience.
“Having worked with Surf Lakes over the past few years to develop and manage the in-water experience, we know how amazing the experience will be, and we know the technology is by far the best in the world,” GSP Wayne Dart, director of business development and media, said.
“We know that it will be an internationally recognized preferred destination not only for passionate surfers but also for families, school groups and businesses. We are really super excited.
The wave pool involves a central wave device [plunger]which falls in the middle of the lake.
The waves created hit “reefs” of different shapes as they travel towards the edge of the lake, creating a range of waves that cater to all skill levels.
The site, which has already marketed the technology to global interests, has water sports royalty including Mark “Occy” Occhilupo, Ryan Callinan, Ben Player and Barton Lynch, who have put the wave technology to the test .
The site even hosted Chris Hemsworth, an avid surfer himself, earlier this year, where his son hit a big surfing milestone.
“My eight year old’s very first hit – something he and I will remember forever,” Hemsworth posted on social media.
“Amazing to see him attack again and again, and finally everything lined up.”
Aaron Trevis, founder and CEO of Surf Lakes and Yeppoon product, was eager to see the site go commercial.
“Having seen the enthusiasm for surfing and the now global interest in Surf Lakes technology, and also knowing how special Surf Lakes Yeppoon’s location is, we can’t wait to see the site go commercial,” he said. -he declares.
Mary Carroll, head of the region’s leading tourism and economic development organization – Capricorn Enterprise – said the move would be a boon for the region.
“And with the commercial facility now becoming a reality and being a major experience-driven development, we really expect the appeal of the destination and region to be elevated to a whole new audience,” he said. she declared.
A development application for the existing site, accommodation, a catering area, eco-camping and glamping, and an events and entertainment area has been approved in 2021.
The site will also see its 15-acre footprint expand to 100 acres.
Construction is expected to begin next year, with opening to the public in 2024.