A world class play space that's wild at heart

The magical garden is full of hidden surprises and opportunities to interact closely with nature. Young and old can play with natural elements such as sand, water, sticks, leaves, flowers and pebbles in a series of unique spaces that offer varying degrees of physical challenge. This series of spaces provide a diverse range of explorative and creative play opportunities, which are not commonly found in urban playgrounds.

The WILD PLAY Garden is a place where children and their carers can spend hours playing and leave feeling like they have been in another world.

The Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden is a new playspace situated in one of Sydney’s oldest and most loved parks. The WILD PLAY Garden provides a unique playspace in which children can develop an understanding for the natural environment.

Inspired by the existing attributes of the site – fig trees and surrounding parklands, ASPECT Studios’ approach was to create an immersive environment by keeping the design to a simple palette of natural materials and elements. In doing so, children are provided with a platform to explore, experiment, socialise, and learn through play.

Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands


Concept Design, Design Development, Documentation, Construction Administration


Centennial Parklands, Sydney, NSW, Australia


ASPECT Studios, Sam Crawford Architects, Cave Urban, Design Landscapes, TSA, Erbas, Fleetwood Urban, HydroPlan, Lindsay Dynan, MGAC, PLAY DMC, Waterfeatures Australia, WT Partnership




Brett Boardman