About The Waves
The Waves Sports Club will strive to be a total entertainment provider to the local community, by providing and maintaining sporting and recreational facilities (for the region) within a family environment.
First opened on October 19, 1968, the original club was solely utilised for social gatherings around bocce and soccer by early immigrant Italian farmers of Bundaberg and was so named 'Across The Waves', for that was how they travelled to Australia aboard The Angelino Lauro - across the waves of the Indian Ocean.
Since that time The Waves has seen much growth and many changes, with the most recent redevelopment occurring in 2016, resulting in the ultra-modern, beautiful club you see today. Our membership has grown too from those early times to what is now over 45,000 members from Bundaberg, Australia and all over the world.
From humble beginnings The Waves now stands as an icon of Bundaberg, not only in its presence, but also within the local community, employing over one hundred staff, supporting fifteen local sporting clubs and contributing to a countless number of community events and projects each year, with over $1.3M directly donated to local individuals and businesses in the 2016/17 financial year.
Whether you are a visiting guest or a valued member, we welcome you to our multi-award winning club. We invite you to enjoy fine dining, free, weekly entertainment, social activities, promotions, game shows, children's play facilities and much, much more. We are Bundaberg's truly integrated community club and a place where you are guaranteed to experience real fun, every day.
-The Waves Team.
The Emigrante Statue Unveiled
The "EMIGRANTI" Statue unveiled.
The statue depicts the Italian immigrants who left Italy for Sydney, Australia, travelling aboard The Angelino Lauro, 'across the waves' of the Indian Ocean, and eventually travelling north from Sydney to Bundaberg for better farming opportunity.
She is pregnant, awaiting departure, he; by her side, awaits boarding and both carry nothing but a few small bags with which to create an entirely new life in an entirely new country.
This statue is donated by The Waves Sports Club and dedicated to those Italian immigrants whose hard work, dedication, forward thinking and commitment saw the first Across the Waves opened October 19, 1968. That small club, predominantly of Bocce, Soccer and socialising now stands as a Bundaberg icon with over 42,000 members and supports 16 sporting and social clubs and an array of community projects.
This statue shall remain in place for decades and perhaps longer, and will forever commemorate, honour and thank those founding members of Across the Waves Sports Club, 1968.