Surfing Capricornia

Surf Lakes Capricorn Coast has shared the designs for its approved surf resort, which it hopes will be a unique drawcard for the Far North Queensland region.

07 June 2024


The $187-million, 90-hectare Surf Lakes tourist attraction will include a skate park, renewable energy facility, tourist park and short-term accommodation with cabins and camping sites. Working with sports innovation agency (Kinlab), and renowned architectural firm (NBRS), Surf Lakes Capricorn Coast (SLCC) has curated an immersive surf retreat “designed to allow surfers to thrive and guests to unwind.”

At the heart of the development will be a commercially upgraded Surf Lake. The upgraded machine will provide a significant improvement in wave size (up to 2.6 metres face height) and length (up to 15-second rides), creating a playground of lefts, rights, reforms, and slabs for all ability levels. While benefitting from an aesthetic overhaul, the machine will also be much quieter than the prototype, with the ability to run on renewable electricity.

The waves are also getting an upgrade with CFD-modelled enhancements to the bathymetry and a robust reinforced concrete lakebed. A state-of-the-art, efficient water treatment system will also be installed to ensure clean, clear water at all times.


Visitors will be able to check in to the resort while checking out from the hustle and bustle, and immersing in a memorable stay.

A progression and wellness centre will offer a hub for coaching and warming up or down. With break-out rooms for one-on-one video feedback, a pavilion for mobility work or training, hot and cold plunge pools, and a skate ramp, this area will provide the tools surfers need to progress.

The dining and arrival hall’s southwest aspect will provide the premier vantage point of the site’s magnificent sunsets, where visitors can kick back and enjoy the view as another surf-stacked day melts into a temperate Capricorn Coast evening.

Nestled amongst the tranquil bushland on the Eastern side of the Surf Lake, the accommodation zone will offer lodging where visitors can retreat to their personal space and relax.

The wholly owned 90-acre site has a Master Plan approval granted for a variety of potential future uses, including up to 250 bedrooms, 100 camping or caravan sites, Festivals and events, additional food and beverage, retail, skate park, scuba pool and renewable energy facility.

With development approvals granted and designs well underway, discussions are now taking place with capital partners with the goal of commencing construction once funded.

The Capricorn Coast region/Darumbal Country is blessed with a tropical climate that sees 21°C winters and boasts a wealth of tourist attractions, from natural wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef to the Capricorn Cave system.

There are also national parks, islands and pristine beaches, wildlife sanctuaries, golf courses and a range of adventure activities such as hiking, mountain biking, skydiving, and snorkelling.

Regarding the project, Surf Lakes Capricorn Coast CEO, Lewis Glynn said, “Our vision is simple; to set new expectations for a surf experience and create memories that last a lifetime. With such a rich surfing heritage, we believe Australia deserves this facility.”

“I’m beyond excited to be showing a first glimpse of the newly proposed resort. Our design objective has been to curate an immersive surf and stay experience that best complements the location.

“The location is close to our hearts. With tranquil surroundings and a tropical climate, we have hosted many private weekends for potential investors to surf and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Our only regret has been our restricted ability to share this experience with the public.”

Aaron Trevis, Founder & CEO of Surf Lakes Global Inc, is thrilled to have the project moving forward for investment. “Surf Lakes technology speaks for itself,” Trevis said.

“A playground of ocean-like waves, of varying difficulty, breaking simultaneously around the lake, so that everyone gets a break. It is such a blessing to see the project investor-ready.”



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