In January, Australia’s first surfable wave park, Urbnsurf, opened in Tullamarine. It closed in late March due to Covid-19, briefly reopened in June, then closed again due to lockdown 2.0.

The wave park, which is a three-minute drive from Melbourne Airport, was more than seven years in the making for founder Andrew Ross.

On Wednesday it will reopen, with 30 surfers allowed on either side of the two-hectare man-made lagoon – 60 in total – in line with current government rules.

With surfing down the coast still off the cards for most of us, it’s a chance for those who live within 25 kilometres to catch some waves – around 1000 roll across the lagoon each hour. (Read about Broadsheet’s 2019 test drive here.)

Initially only surfers will be allowed in the park, but spectator visits will resume when restrictions ease further.

Likewise, Urbnsurf’s on-site cafe – the fifth outpost of Sydney’s Three Blue Ducks, run by Masterchef judge Andy Allen – is expected to open soon.

Bookings for surfing sessions open at 4pm on October 19.