Client:              Dunsborough Progress Association
Location:         Hannah Lane, Dunsborough, WA
Dates:              March, 2020
Outcome:        Community Nature Playground

The Djiljit Mia Community Gathering Place was an exciting and truly collaborative project with the Dunsborough Progress Association and local community. The concept design was completed with the local community and Wadandi custodian Josh “Koomal” Whiteland through an onsite workshop, resulting in an original design that reflected the local cultural stories and the community needs.

Assisting and supporting the local community of enthusiastic and skilled volunteers, the NBP team was able to help create a beautiful and meaningful nature-based Community Gathering Place.

Nature Play elements include a rope serpent, log balance and rope sway bridge, water and sand play, vestibular swing, cubby climber and loose parts for cubby building. Beautiful carvings can be found in the timbers depicting the cultural history of the area Djiljit Mia, meaning ‘fish home’.

All ages will love this space, with interpretive story boards, sculptures and plenty of seating under the shady peppermint trees adjacent to Dugalup Brook.

Djiljit Mia is a unique community led project that the locals can truly be proud of and has since won several awards.

Thanks to Terry Farrell and his team from Nature Based Play. This is a company that shared our vision and is truly committed to working with grassroots community led collaborations.
They are the most lovely bunch of guys and beautiful design and construction as you would agree.
They really saw and shared what we were about.

– Trish Flower
Vice President of the Dunsborough and Districts Progress Association, and Community Leader of Djiljit Mia

Djiljit Mia has won the following National and State awards:

KidsSafe Public Playspaces National award Category A <$500K

Parks & Leisure Australia (WA) 2021 Best Community Based Initiative of the Year Award

Parks & Leisure Australia (WA) 2021 Best Region/Rural Industry Contribution Award

Link to see a video of how this community led project came together:




08 9331 2997

Nature Based Play
1 Rees Street
O’Connor WA 6163
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ABN: 78 607 451 516

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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