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    News bites – 10 March 2022

    Smoking surf is coming to Yeppoon

    Surfers in Yeppoon. Images courtesy of Surf Lakes Yeppoon

    Standing on a grassy bank observing an oversized and peculiar looking coffee plunger soaking in a catchment of glassy stillness, excitement and enthusiasm is beginning to build.

    The sun starts to bid farewell, radiating spectacular hues, and providing a tranquil ambience, despite the mysterious robot continuing to cast its shadows towards a growing crowd.

    With the sounds of a didgeridoo dancing through the air, and a swarm of surfboards making a beeline for the central machine, anticipation heightens, and guests rise to their feet, heading towards the water’s shallows – cameras, phones, and wide eyes ready for what is to come…

    On the sound of an alarm, signalling ‘all system’s go’, a loud growl and burst of steam from the plunger ripples across the sky, as the water beneath creates its first swells.

    Welcome to the biggest break in surf park innovation – Surf Lakes Yeppoon.

    It all started with a ripple…

    Surf Lakes Yeppoon. Images courtesy of Surf Lakes Yeppoon

    Yeppoon local, surfer and engineer Aaron Trevis was skimming rocks with his kids in the water back in 2013 when his ground-breaking idea was born.

    What followed was plenty of research, observance, and interaction with nature, together with ongoing testing and trials, before constructing the prototype research and development surf lake facility in Yeppoon.

    Committed to producing a product which delivered the most authentic surf experience possible, Aaron and the team developed their unique concentric wave making technology, creating waves to ensure the end user has an awesome ocean-like experience.

    As Surf Lakes Holding Ltd embarks on its 6th birthday in 2022, their team of 28 have much reason to celebrate.

    The machine design and engineering has been refined and is now in detailed commercial design phase, and, in a landmark moment for Surf Lakes, Livingstone Shire Council recently passed the Development Approval for the current Research and Development site in Yeppoon, which is set to be the first operational Surf Lake in the world.

    The future of Surf Lakes Yeppoon

    While the site is not yet open to the public, this vision is fast becoming a reality.

    The $187 million Surf Lakes tourist attraction will include a skate park, renewable energy facility, tourist park and short-term accommodation with cabins and camping sites.

    Flagged as a massive and unique drawcard for the region and enticing surfers and visitors from all over the world, this development will place the Capricorn Coast on the national and international map for world-class tourism facilities.

    Watch this space and follow www.surf-lakes.com for updates.

    Renew your proposal at the Langham

    The Langham pink taxi. Image by the Langham Melbourne

    I would love to get engaged again just to sit on this balcony amongst candles and rose petals and be plied with Taittinger Champagne. There are renewed vows but how about renewed proposals?

    The exterior of the Langham Melbourne. Image by the Langham Melbourne

    I’m definitely putting this one in the diary. Langham here we come. I’ll even book it myself. The proposal package including the terrace is inclusive of accommodation and proposal set-up.

    The Celebrate Romance package includes accommodation in a choice of Executive Terrace Suite, one bedroom suite, The Residence by Kerrie Hess or the hotel’s exclusive Chairman’s suite, a bottle of French Taittinger Champagne and chocolates on arrival, in-room dining breakfast for two, a bouquet of stunning fresh flowers, valet parking and a decadent 2pm late checkout (subject to availability).

    Aria Bar The Langham. Image by the Langham Melbourne

    “It’s fair to say that everyone deserves a relaxing and rejuvenating escape after the last two years. Even just an overnight stay can provide ample time to re-connect and recharge. We look forward to welcoming couples as well as friends and family to celebrate at The Langham, Melbourne,” explains André Jacques, the hotel’s Director of Sales and Marketing.

    “It’s not just couples who may be interested in checking in. It could also be mothers and daughters meeting up after months apart, sisters catching up or friends creating cherished memories, no matter who they are the hotel will extend a warm and hospitable welcome to everyone,” adds Jacques.

    Guests can opt to enjoy Melba Restaurant’s renowned open-kitchen, experience the hotel’s new Jing tea at Aria Bar & Lounge, book the Langham pink boat for a lunchtime cruise, reserve a coveted booking at Chuan Spa for a massage, body treatment or facial or indulge in a caviar and Champagne tasting at Aria Bar & Lounge.

    The Langham Melbourne Lobby. Image by the Langham Melbourne

    Langham here we come.

    Guests can be reassured that The Langham, Melbourne has stringent sanitisation protocols in place as well as strict personal hygiene practices.


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