The most anticipated surf event of the last two years is here: Australia’s first surfable wave park, Urbnsurf, opens today in Tullamarine. And it’s just a three-minute drive from Melbourne Airport.
The wave park, which Broadsheet test drove in 2019, is more than seven years in the making for founder Andrew Ross. It’s broken up into three zones: the first has knee-high whitewater for beginners, the second has unbroken waves around waist-height for intermediate surfers, and the third is for experienced surfers with waves up to two metres high.
In addition to the 2.1-hectare man-made lagoon (with waves rolling in at a rate of around 1000 every hour), Urbnsurf will soon be home to the fifth outpost of Sydney cafe Three Blue Ducks, by newly-appointed Masterchef judge Andy Allen. The 250-person restaurant will champion ethical and sustainably sourced ingredients in dishes designed for a post-surf refuel (think woodfired sourdough pizza).
Group surfing lessons cost $69 for adults and $59 for kids, and one-hour sessions without instruction (around 12 waves) start at $25 for adults and $15 for kids. Private lessons, weekday discounts and multipacks are also available.
Non-surfers are welcome too – there are day beds and cabanas for spectators, and hot tubs are set to arrive this autumn.