WavePoolMag Guide: Sarah Beardmore returns to Urbnsurf to see what’s changed
From different wave settings and food options, Sarah revisits Australia’s first public wave pool located just outside of downtown Melbourne and adjacent to the Airport. The facility opened in January 2020 and has since set the benchmark for surf park operations. You will find surf club competitions, concerts, corporate events, new food options, hot tubs and heaps more – especially since our first visit just before COVID lockdown. Urbnsurf redefines the wave pool business model. What’s new for 2023? Have a look.
The Lowdown: The first public wave pool in Australia located 20 minutes outside of downtown Melbourne adjacent to the Melbourne Airport opened in January 2020 and has since set the benchmark for surf park operations. You will find surf club competitions, concerts, corporate events and heaps more here as Urbnsurf redefines the wave pool business model. But for us just wanting to go for a session, see below…
Accessibility: Open to the public, all-ages
Type of wave(s): Everything from a killer ‘slab’ setting to gentle beginner rollers to their super popular cruiser sessions.
Wave Generating Technology: Wavegarden Cove
Wave’s Technical Information: Wave height: 2-7 ft, Both left and right breaks, length of rides: beginner 8-10 seconds, intermediate/advanced 12-16 seconds
Hours of operation/Seasonal Hours At this time it’s seven days a week with the first surf slot kicking off at 6am and the last session logging in at 9pm. Note: Not all wave settings are available at all hours. Check schedule.
Waves per hour: 900-1000 waves per hour. Surfers can plan on 10-12 waves per fully booked session.
Pool Structure: Concrete Pool with surrounding amenities including Three Ducks restaurant, bar and shop
What it costs to surf at Urbnsurf: Prices start at $89AUS for intermediates and go up to $144AUS for expert sessions. Urbnsurf has an advanced pricing system, offering memberships and punch cards for heavy users which helps bring the price-per-surf-session down. See the extensive list below:
Cruiser / Cruiser Turns $89
Advanced / Turns $99
10 x Cruiser / Intermediate Sessions $801
10 x Advanced Sessions $891
10 x Expert Sessions $1296
20 x Cruiser/Intermediate $1588
20 x Advanced Sessions $1733
50 x Cruiser Sessioins $3783
50 x Advanced Sessions $4208