An epic wave pool and luxury surf resort is coming to Sydney

A surf experience like no other, featuring a giant wave pool the size of four football fields, is coming to Sydney’s north.

Nestled on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, the Wisemans Ferry Surf Lodge will be the first of its kind in the world.

Due to open in 2022, this 18-hectare property will feature a giant wave pool, a nine-hole golf course, hotel suites, a restaurant and conference facilities. Currently on the site is a 90s-built hotel that will be transformed into 54 suites designed by architect Kelvin Ho. His previous work includes Merivale venues,  luxury first-class lounges as well as resorts in the Maldives.

There won’t be a beach in sight, yet 2.5-metre waves will be generated in the wave pool all year round. The waves will roll in 17 seconds apart in a variety of shapes and last for about 10-12 seconds.

The resort will also operate using green energy, with filtered water from the Hawkesbury River used for the pool.


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“As a Sydney surfer, we don’t have the access to consistent, high-quality waves all year round like other parts of Australia,” said John Du Vernet, the lodge co-founder.

“Advances in wave-making technology can completely change that reality. What we’ll create at Wisemans is a solution to access the types of waves we’d often have to travel overseas for; waves we dream about.”

View of the Wisemans Ferry Surf Lodge wave pool

Du Vernet co-founded the resort along with a team of pro surfers including Stephanie Gilmore and Joel Parkinson. The project is also being overseen by 4 Pines co-founder Jaron Mitchell and Balter Brewing Company co-founder, Sean Ronan.

However, access to the surf lodge may not be as simple as booking your stay. Wisemans Ferry Surf lodge has revealed that it will operate on a membership model. Details on how much this exclusive membership will cost will be revealed in 2021.

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Images supplied by Wisemans Ferry Surf Lodge.

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