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
  • 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
  • local governments
  • landscape architects
  • 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.
” NBP guided me in working out what materials, machinery, equipment, manpower and funding/sponsorship was required to complete the project. It was a partnership that required a lot of trust to ensure we could synchronise all resources and efforts for a short build period. If you are considering a project of this type, dont go past NBP! They really believe in the value and magic of community led placemaking, and are a wonderful bunch!”
Trish Flower – Djiljit Mia Community Gathering Place, Dunsborough

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.

Indigenous Cultural Design

NBP works with local Aboriginal Communities to incorporate Indigenous Cultural Design into the nature based space. In consultation with local Elders, elements of local Indigenous culture can be included to enhance the site and offer a place for the community to interact, learn and connect.

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:
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 both the WA and National 2022 Parks & Leisure awards for Best Playspace under $500,000.
See a 1 minute video of the project here:
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.
Russell Brown Adventure Park
The Community Adventure Park in Mosman Park was awarded both the WA and National Parks and Leisure Awards of Excellence in 2016 for the Best Community Nature Play area under $500,000.
Perth Zoo Special Needs Playground
This project was the winner of the Premiers Urban Design award and Special Feature Urban Design Award in 1997.


08 9331 2997

Nature Based Play
1 Rees Street
O’Connor WA 6163
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Nature Based Play believes that, especially in the context of Nature Play, there is much to be gained from pursuing a deeper understanding of the cultural, spiritual and educational practices of First Nations peoples.

Our offices and workshop are located on Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar, though our work takes us all across the State. As such we would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work throughout Western Australia. 
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