Surf Lakes to open Australia's first wave pool near Rockhampton

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

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."

 

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cswells commented Wednesday, 15 Nov 2017 at 2:21pm

Not instilled with confidence in the quality, the only prototypes they seem to have are scaled-down pool concepts.

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fitzroy-21 commented Wednesday, 15 Nov 2017 at 3:06pm

I will assume it will suit the type of waves they are use to up there.......somewhat lacking in any power..........

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maxe commented Wednesday, 15 Nov 2017 at 3:57pm

The good old "commercial in confidence", councils love this dodgy deal making behind the scenes, doesn't inspire any confidence whatsoever with me when I hear those three words.

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freeride76 commented Wednesday, 15 Nov 2017 at 3:58pm

Hey mate...easy up I spent a year in Rocky surfing Farnborough and Emu Park...it gets better than you think

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velocityjohnno commented Wednesday, 15 Nov 2017 at 9:04pm

How good do those pointbreak setups between Emu Park and Yepoon look on the map?!
If only we could say the same of Karratha...

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Blowin commented Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 at 8:09am

Karratha Yes

Rockhampton No

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pigdog commented Wednesday, 15 Nov 2017 at 5:44pm

i thought melbourne were getting the first wave pool..."wavegarden"...??? near tullamarine...under construction already...????

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hoody commented Wednesday, 15 Nov 2017 at 6:30pm

Where's Webber in the mix?

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Halfscousehalfc... commented Wednesday, 15 Nov 2017 at 8:49pm

Croc country?? I still prefer the ocean for waves personally.

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freeride76 commented Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 at 6:31am

It is croc country.

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freeride76 commented Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 at 8:27am

And also insane Barra fishing and threadfin salmon in the Fitzroy now that they fucked the netters off.

I'm warming to this idea.

Cheaper real estate up there too.

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Bungan33 commented Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 at 9:59am

To give them credit they are being pretty bloody clear about still being in the pre-commercial operation phase:
"We still have to prove the waves at full scale with further tuning and commissioning. It is all research at the moment so we cannot guarantee anything yet."
I wouldn't be buying into any off the plan "Wave pool condos" just yet....

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Tarzan71 commented Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 at 11:30am

How insane is this, Slater wave pools and Webber have awesome credibility with proven R and D, The Rockhampton model has even admitted that their concept lacks proper quality testing if they cannot guarantee anything yet.....
Id keep my money in a pyramid scam at the moment.

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indo-dreaming commented Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 at 3:42pm

So this is just a test site, kind of like Kellys, just to build and see if it works?

Ada gula, ada semut!

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stunet commented Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 at 3:46pm

At the moment, but it may well turn into a commerical operation, and going on the language the council is eager to green light it.

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freeride76 commented Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 at 5:09pm

I tell you what, those Yepoon locals are pretty hard core, don't be expecting to fly in, fly out and get first dibs on that pool.

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oiley commented Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 at 3:06pm

if the hueys sponsored it, that thing in the middle could be a paddle-up bar with 'the captain' on tap.. could also put some fish in there

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Legrope commented Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 at 4:45pm

I surfed the wave pool in Thailand. Didn't have my board with me so hired a softboard. Was a gutless wave and a shit board but I actually had some fun. Couldn't take it seriously and out of 12 guys, only me and a frenchman could surf. Got heaps of waves in the hour. It was a proper workout paddling back out and catch another straight away. Felt surfed out by the end. Still, I wouldn't be back in a hurry. I hope this wave is better, longer, more power or it will be a try it once experience and no hurry to do the long drive to return. The non surfers will probably get more use from it, swimming around in the shorey. I hope it is a success. The location doesn't hit a target clientele though.

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chook commented Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 at 6:02pm

ah, so maybe it's more a water park with surfboards, rather than a real wavepool. not really made for regular surfers, but fun for those that ride a disney-themed bodyboard (with no swim fins) in the shorey between the flags on a saturday afternoon.