The Gurlu Gurlu Maya Community Childcare’s new playground in Roebourne is a testament to the natural beauty and rich cultural heritage of the region. This playspace was conceived in collaboration with community Elders and One Tree Community Services, with support from Woodside.

The “bush kindy” is deeply inspired by the surrounding landscapes and the traditions of the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi peoples, to foster community and impart cultural knowledge to the next generation.

Drawing from the terrain, the play area features flat expanses punctuated by mounds reminiscent of the rust-red hills that dot the landscape. These clambering mounds crafted from weathered steel and featuring local artists’ motifs, capture the red rust tones and allow sunlight to filter through, creating playful projections. 

Central to the playground is an activated creek bed running through the space, with water play and crossing ropes, logs, and bridge. The design encourages a natural flow, with traditional play items such as a log slide and tunnel integrated into the landscape. Other features, including talking pipes, mud kitchen, carved bowls, cubby building and a yarning circle are scattered throughout the space.

The playground’s design is a living reflection of both the coastal and inland environments, providing children with opportunities to learn about historical interactions with the land. 

NBP is grateful to One Tree Community Services for the great work they do, and for bringing us in to be a part of this project, as well as Woodside for contributing funding which made it possible.
Most importantly, to the Elders and Community who helped shape the project.

We look forward to seeing how the space will continue to develop under the care of the people who use it…With plans for more native planting, increasing the learning opportunities about bush food and medicines, and for additional artworks and sculptures of local animals to bolster the connection to the area.

“Sean and the guys from Nature Based Play have done an extremely terrific job. I cannot thank them enough – I was so lost for words as to see this project finally come to fruition.
It is the first of it’s kind in the whole PILBARA!
I took a quick snapshot of the guys – they are very down to earth guys with massive hearts.
Thank you to everyone who has been involved in the project from the beginning to the end. We have finally done it!  I can’t wait to see the kids in there and utilising the bush kindy”

– Cherylea Walker

Roebourne Pathways Program Assistant. One Tree Community Services Inc




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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