Booyeembara Park

PROJECT Booyeembara Park

LOCATION Fremantle, WA


The vision for Booyeembara Park was to create a unique public open space that provides leisure and recreational opportunities for the whole community and is visionary in terms of innovate design, appropriate technology and sustainability.

The site was quarried for limestone by the early settlers of Fremantle to construct the buildings and later the roads. After quarrying this site until the 1960’s, it became the land fill site for the surrounding city’s non-organic wastes. It was then left a wasteland of rubble and weeds. At the same time it became a treasured public open space for dogs to roam and children to be wild.

In 1997, the Fremantle Council formed a committee to steer the development of a concept plan for a public open space on the site. A number of people from the community were selected based on their interest in the Park, their relationship with the surrounding community and a strong willingness to contribute new ideas to the community design process. The community, for which this landfill had become a precious open space, stated that they wanted the site restored. They wanted it returned to bush land, parkland and recreational open space.

Kings Park and Botanic Gardens

PROJECT Kings Park and Botanic Gardens


LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Numerous including Playground by Plan E

Kings Park is a large urban parkland designed in the picturesque tradition. Located on Mt Eliza, adjacent to the Swan River this area was used by the local aboriginal people (Nyoongar) for at least 40,000 years.

The park is regarded as significant for

  • Its aboriginal cultural values – Mt Eliza was a meeting place for the Nyoongar.
  • It contains a large area of urban bushland (approx. 346 ha). This area is composed of a mixed heath on shallow escarpment soils as well as Eucalyptus/Allocasuarina/Banksia communities on deeper soils.
  • It displays examples of late (19th and early (20th designed landscapes

In the 1870s, 175 hectares were set aside as a recreation reserve with more land added in 1890. The park today is around 400 hectares (1000 acres) and offers spectacular views to the city, river and the Darling Range.

The large size of the park and close proximity to the CBD has led to it including a wide variety of features and functions. Over many years the park has developed a range of attractions set within bushland.

Tree Top Walk

PROJECT Tree Top Walk

LOCATION Valley Of The Giants, Walpole Nornalup National Park, WA

The Valley of the Giants is located within the Walpole Nonalup National Park located on the south coast of WA. In the late 1980s the towering tingle forest became a highly visited tourist destination. The area was in danger of being loved to death.

Tingle includes species Eucalyptus jacksonii , known as Red Tingle which occurs only in the Walpole area and E guilfoylei.

In 1990 the Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM) held a design competition for the site. The Master Plan was to provide for a Tree Top Walk, Visitor Centre, walking tracks, carparks and access roads.

Good planning and design now protects the site while providing users with a vibrant nature based experience.