Melburnians have always bemoaned that the inner city has no proper surfing beaches. Enter Urbnsurf Melbourne.
Urbnsurf Melbourne uses Wavegarden Cove technology to produce consistent quality waves. So no matter when you rock up you know you’ll catch the perfect wave.
Plus its onsite cafe-restaurant Three Blue Ducks happens to be the creation of Masterchef’s Andy Allen, so there’s no shortage of atmosphere.
That’s why many surfers (and the Hemsworth brothers) are choosing Urbnsurf over the beach.
How does it work?
The 25-gigalitre surfing lagoon uses Wavegarden Cove technology. If that makes zero sense to you you’re not alone; let us explain. The pool technology uses multiple sources of power to push out surfable man-made waves.
“We can create up to 800 waves per hour here but for quality purposes, we create about 400 waves per hour,” Urbnsurf spokesperson James Miles explains.
The waves are customisable depending on your ability. There are waves suitable for beginners, intermediate-level and pro surfers.
The Melbourne surf park runs on an hourly cadence. That means when you buy a surfpass, you will surf at a specific hour with a specific wave type that is suited to your abilities.
“Imagine a Spotify playlist of waves. We basically pre-set a playlist of wave types for the day. Intermediate, beginner, back to intermediate then expert,” James said.
Those waves can be changed at the flick of a button at any point throughout the day. Just as you can change the song your listening to whenever you want.
“Urbnsurf’s mission has always been to make surfing more inclusive and more accessible,” James said.
The certainty of catching a wave means that surfers support each other instead of competing.
“There’s a real mix in the demographic we’re getting,” James said.
Whether you’re a young family taking the kids out for their first surf, a world champion or surfing is just a casual hobby that you’re trying to squeeze into your busy schedule, you know you’ll catch a wave. That’s the beauty of the controlled environment at Urbnsurf Melbourne.
The Urbnsurf experience
At Urbnsurf Melbourne your visit will be what you make it. Check out what exactly is on offer.
‘Swim’ or ‘Play in the Bay’ passes allow you to swim, soft board or bodyboard in the whitewater for two hours. The water is patrolled by trained lifeguards.
Learn how to surf with personalised lessons. Urbnsurf offers lessons for learners, beginners, cruisers, intermediates and grom camps for the little ones. Lessons generally run for an hour and 45 minutes.
Spectator Passes give you access to park amenities, including lagoonside hot tubs, day beds, kids playground, change rooms and landscaped spaces. They’re just $5 and free for kids aged 0-5.
For a day out with the family hire a lagoonside cabana. The private spaces hold up to 24 and can be hired for half or full days.
Whether you’ve forgotten your gear or you’re just travelling light you can rent surf gear at Urbnsurf Melbourne. If you really like the board you tried, buy it from onsite surf shop Lagoon Supply Co.
Capture a treasured family memory or up your Insta game with photo, video and private photography offerings.
More than just surfing
Forget bringing the esky to the beach. Three Blue Ducks rounds out the surfing experience with top-tier food and drinks.
Co-owned by Masterchef judge Andy Allen, it’s no surprise the cafe-restaurant is serving up fresh and flavourful breakfast, lunch and dinners.
Victorian wines, beers and spirits are all served on tap. There really is nothing better than having a drink in the alfresco dining area with an impressive view of the surfing lagoon.
Urbnsurf is a versatile space. It can be used for indoor our outdoor corporate events. The Surf Academy space can hold up to 350 guests, ideal for a keynote address or product launch. While The Lawns can hold up to 750 guests for catered cocktail functions.
Let the Maldivian-style lagoon be a stunning backdrop to your corporate event or jump in for a surf – it’s a great team bonding experience.
If you’re more into music than into sport, Urbnsurf Melbourne has you covered too. It held the five-day music festival For The Love which headlined FISHER and Ocean Alley.
Wait there’s more. Urbnsurf Melbourne was even used as a runway for Melbourne Fashion Festival.
Where to find Urbnsurf?
Urbnsurf Melbourne is within spitting distance of Tullamarine Airport. Just a three-minute drive away.
Stay tuned an Urbnsurf Sydney is coming to Sydney by summer 2023/2024.
Urbnsurf Melbourne opening hours: Sunday – Saturday: 6am – 10pm