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Melbourne's first inland surf park is opening in January

Urbnsurf site 2019
Photograph: Urbnsurf/Jarrah Lynch

It’s been promised for a while now, but it looks like it’s actually, almost, neaaaarly there. Australia’s first inland surf park Urbnsurf is set to open in January and by the looks of these latest photos, it's well on track. 

This inland wave pool will be the first full-sized surfing lagoon to use Wavegarden Cove technology (which creates long, man-made waves in a closed environment). They say it will be able to pump out up to 1,000 perfect, two-metre-high ocean-like surfing waves every hour. 

Urbnsurf media day

Photograph: Urbnsurf/Jarrah Lynch

Back in October, the Urbnsurf team finished filling the two-hectare surfing lagoon, which is located near Melbourne Airport in Tullamarine. The site will also house a food and bar precinct (including a new outpost from Sydney café Three Blue Ducks), lagoon-side amenities including hot tubs, beach cabanas and even a playground for kids. 

This month, the Urbnsurf team welcomed surfing pros and journalists (including this surfing novice) to come try out the space before it's opened to the public. (Stay tuned for the review!)

Urbnsurf Melbourne is expected to open in January 2020. Stay tuned for the exact dates.

In the meantime, you can hang ten at some of Melbourne’s best beaches.

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