ASB MAGAZINE: A new surf park could be on the cards for Melbourne, as part of $100 million water park plans lodged with City of Kingston in Melbourne’s south-east. Melbourne’s Pellicano family are behind the four-hectare Dingley Village project and have formally resubmitted plans for its Surf ‘n Play Aqua Park that, if approved, would include a wave pool with waves of up to 1.8 metres high. Construction of Melbourne’s second wave park would kick-off within 12 months, subject to approvals.
Privately-owned developer Pellicano has spent the past 18 months working through key items with Melbourne Water and VicRoads reaching ‘agreements in principle’, allowing the developer to lodge its plans with council.
If plans are approved the development will become the second wavepark for Melbourne, with Urbnsurf opening its $40 million Tullamarine project in the past 12 months. Pellicano’s new wave pool will deliver six waves per minute using Endless Surf technology.
The tech behind Endless Surf is developed by Whitewater, the team that developed Sunway Lagoon way back in 1989. Sunway continues to be one of Asia’s most popular wave park attractions to this day. According to Whitewater;
“We’ve taken that heritage and, with expert wave designers, enhanced the reliable pneumatic technology to create Endless rolling sets, designed for operational ease, flexibility, high capacity, and above all else, safety”.
Whitewater have installed over 400 wave pools, wave rivers, and stationary surf simulators in almost every corner of the globe. Their systems are energy efficient, using 80% less power to make a wide variety of waves including their patented FlowRider® stationary waves.
Pellicano said the first Endless Surf park was being built in Paris, with Melbourne next in line, and would see it become the largest indoor and outdoor waterpark in the southern hemisphere.
“We always wanted to accommodate a surf park within the facility, but, at the time of lodging back in 2019, WhiteWater West—our equipment provider—did not have its technology finalised,” said Pellicano.
If approved, the development would have 1.8 hectares of indoor pools and 1.3 hectares of outside space incorporating man-made beach.