Australia’s First Premium Surf Lodge
The ‘luxification’ of Australia’s surfing industry continues to swell.
On the surface, the pitch sounds a little absurd. A luxurious surf lodge some 35km from the nearest coastline. But that’s exactly what’s planned.
Located 60-minutes from Sydney CBD or 45 minutes by boat from Palm Beach, Wisemans Surf Lodge – in Wisemans Ferry, NSW – will boast a wave pool roughly the size of four football fields powered by US-based wave pool technology, Surfloch. The technology has the ability to generate 2.5-metre waves on the main peak ideal beginner waves on the second peak and everything in between.
As the world’s first surf lodge and Australia’s first resort-style surfing destination, it’s not limited to a luxurious surf experience, with a 9-hole golf course, 54 hotel suites, restaurant, bar, conference facilities also located on the 45-acre grounds.
The scheduled opening comes off the back of other local projects such as UrbnSurf and Aussie Surf Lakes that sees the further commercialisation of the surfing experience.
Co-founder John Du Vernet says, “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. We’ve focused on creating a space that thinks about everything beyond the pool, even for the non-surfer, within a resort-like facility in a magical, and somewhat secret part of Sydney.”
Elsewhere, the resort will feature a remodel of a former hotel spearheaded by Sydney’s Kelvin Ho (Akin Atelier), best known for his work across a number of Merivale flagship venues. Ho will bring a nostalgic nod to the Australian surfing culture.
Access to Wisemans Surf Lodge will work on a membership-model, with more information to be revealed in 2021.