Surf Lakes to open Australia's first wave pool near Rockhampton
With construction advancing smoothly, Surf Lakes today announced the location of its first wave pool. The pool, which will be Australia's first, is being built between Yeppoon and Rockhampton on Queensland's central coast.
Yeppoon is inside the Great Barrier Reef so has few surfable waves, yet despite the lack of local surfers Surf Lakes CEO Aaron Trevis told Rockhampton's Morning Bulletin that the site was ideal for their needs.
"We needed a site that was flat and had ample water available so we could get under way quickly," Mr Trevis said. "The added benefit of the site we chose was the weather is perfect for an all-year round community attraction."
Six hours north of Noosa and ten minutes from Rockhampton is the site of Surf Lakes, Australia's first wave pool.
In contrast to Kelly Slater Wave Company's Surf Ranch, which produces a solitary, flawless wave, the Surf Lakes design creates multiple waves of varying quality.
"By using concentric waves and multiple breaks, Surf Lakes is capable of producing more waves per hour, while also offering a variety of waves from hollow barrels, to gentle beginner waves," said Mr Trevis.
The Surf Lakes concept uses a central plunger to create waves that propagate toward the edges of the pool.
Occy and Barton Lynch have been recruited as ambassadors for Surf Lakes, with Occy even having a section of the park named after him.
Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig said Council has been aware of the project for some time. "We have been briefed by the proponents who at the time wished it to remain commercial in confidence," he said.
"In the current format as a test site only, it hasn't required formal council approval however, Council would be delighted to receive a future application should the proponents wish to transition to a fully operational commercial facility open to the public and tourists.
"While this would trigger and require a range of town planning considerations and public notifications, I am confident it would enjoy a broad community support."