We are a design and construct firm, as well as offering design services only. Each project is uniquely designed to place and community. A focus of our work is to collaborate with communities in the designing and facilitating of their nature play environment.
We provide a Design service based on over 20yrs experience in designing and constructing Nature Based Play projects. All our designs are unique, responding to place and based on a foundation of proven design, broad based play outcomes and nature inspired forms.
We design our Nature-based Spaces for our prime users, the kids, and our nature playgrounds positively support their childhood development.

Collaborate. Community. Place.

Our designs and services include:

  • Collaborative Design – with client and local community
  • Proven Design – based on nature, mirroring natural forms and environment
  • Modular Design – Nature Play Pods, pre-fabrication design and install
  • Outdoor Learning Design – Educational and Cultural elements
  • Aboriginal Cultural Design – Cultural Learning elements
  • Documentation and Research – grants and research analysis
  • Award Winning Designs – Industry Awards for selected designs

Our wide range of clients include:

  • primary and secondary schools
  • early learning centres
  • kindys and playgroups
  • community groups
  • residential
  • local governments
  • landscape architects
  • plus urban and rural developers

Collaborative Design

We collaborate closely with the client and community on design elements, ensuring the final design enhances the site and meets client’s needs.
We cater for all budgets and sites, and can design around client budgets, ensuring final design and construction will maximise outcomes within budget. Design work is usually committed to before project commencement.

Proven Design

Within our Nature Based Play designs, we include a wide range of Nature Play, musical and educational elements including:
  • Balance logs and wobble boards
  • Vestibular motion
  • Timber cubbies and temporal play
  • Musical items, eg wooden drums; sound tubes
  • Feature timber pieces and totem poles
  • Sitting, balancing and feature rocks
  • Rope balancing and swinging play
Our Designs range from:
  • Small simple Nature Play Spaces,
  • Medium sized Nature Playgrounds,
  • Larger integrated Nature Play Adventure Scapes.
Costs range from <$20k for small projects; $20k – $100k for medium; over $100k for larger projects.

Outdoor Learning Design

As part of the innovative Nature Based Play design, we can also go beyond Nature Playgrounds, incorporating Outdoor Learning, Educational and Cultural Design elements. Utilising the Nature Space for outdoor learning provides added opportunities for schools and communities beyond play.
Outdoor Learning areas give teachers and carers a nature ‘classroom’ to conduct outdoor learning and education for the kids. Nature Based Play can create these spaces to meet client requirements and providing an enriched outdoor learning space for ongoing cultural and natural educational incursions.
Cultural Design involves incorporating local culture within the design, and sharing stories of the local area with the children and adults who use the Nature Space. It can be from symbolising the local community’s ideals and sense of place, through to traditional local Aboriginal Culture.

Aboriginal Cultural Design

NBP works with local Aboriginal Communities to incorporate Aboriginal Cultural Design into the Nature Based Space. This can enhance the site with local Aboriginal heritage, providing a cultural place for the community to interact and connect with Indigenous Culture by experiencing directly and subtly Aboriginal Cultural design features.

Documentation and Research

As part of our design service NBP can support clients and communities with grant opportunities by providing information and documentation on Nature Based Play. We also conduct research to analyse the usage and benefits of our Nature Spaces, to measure kids’ play and learning outcomes. This research helps to inform innovative design and provides great feedback to schools and communities that have installed Nature Based Play Spaces.

Award Winning Designs

The Nature Based Play team have won multiple awards for our Playspaces.
These include:
Perth Zoo Special Needs Playground
This project was the winner of the Premiers Urban Design award and Special Feature Urban Design Award in 1997.
Russell Brown Adventure Park
The Community Adventure Park was awarded both the West Australian and Australian Parks and Leisure Awards of Excellence in 2016 for the Best Community Nature Play area under $500,000.
Djiljit Mia Community Gathering Space
This community collaborative effort was designed and constructed by NBP with extensive involvement from the Dunsborough Progress Association. It was awarded the 2020 KIDSAFE National award for best public playspace in Australia under $500,000.
It also won the Parks & Leisure Australia WA 2021 awards for Best Community Based Initiative of the Year and Best Regional/Rural Industry Contribution of the Year.
Cottesloe Discovery Space
This unique project was initiated by Cottesloe Coastcare as part of a rehabilitation plan for the coastal dunes in Cottesloe.
It was awarded the 2022 Parks and Leisure WA Best Playspace under $500,000.
See a 1 minute video of the project here: