The Terra Australis Story
Terra Australis is a story born from our need to reconnect with nature in a way that is both sustainable and accessible to all.
Using stunning, locally sourced natural materials such as Australian Hardwood Timber and stone, we seek to create recreational spaces that consider every individual element and how it enhances holistic site design.
Inspired by Nature
The Terra Australis Story is a collection of ideas and methodologies around the re-integration of nature into our recreational spaces. Our need to reconnect with nature is driven by our need to re-connect, to belong, and to build an array of physical and emotional skills that have been disappearing from our daily lives.
The most important thing about a park, playground or recreational area is how it serves the community. Looking at whole of space integration for all users; children, teenagers, carers and visitors can help to create a space that offers a place for everyone.
Our design teams use unstructured, continuous play as their benchmark for product and place design. Non-prescribed entry and exit routes mean there is no “right way to play”, allowing children to discover their own route through the system, inventing games and engaging their peers as they play.
Perhaps thought of more readily as part of a child’s game or a skill children need to develop, the ability to imagine things pervades our entire existence. It influences everything we do, think about and create.
Achieving sustainable space design outcomes is a key focus for our design team; luckily we have the ability to source a number of materials from the local environment in an effort to reduce our overall environmental footprint.
The perfect balance between organic and man made creates the optimal natural play environment for children and their families, inspiring curiosity and supporting outdoor activity and learning.
Humans are explorers at heart, and nature-inspired recreational spaces encourage us to return to those biological roots to discover new environments. The inclusion of organic materials and diverse native flora within soothing surrounds give us both an appreciation for nature and a reminder of the need for our presence in environmental protection and preservation.
Timber Tops Modular Tower Range
Kuranda Rainforest Tower
Meet your Design Team
20+ years' experience creating award winning recreational spaces
We are a specialist team thinking beyond the conventional to create unique, award winning recreational spaces to benefit children, families and communities across Australia.
A cornerstone of the Australian Recreational industry since 1998, we have experience across aquatic, play and fitness space design and construction and custom engineering and fabrication projects.
Led by Director Marcel Veraart, we are a team of specialists with a diverse range of interests and experiences, dedicated to delivering your unique magic.
in the last 5 YEARS
in the last 5 YEARS
KURANDA TOWER UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Works are continuing at Bellevue Estate in Ripley, with the finishing touches applied to the Kuranda Tower and matching Cubby system. Custom colours have been chosen to match the estate’s logo and to continue the sunshine theming of Bellevue throughout.
From the top of the tower, children (and daring adults) have 360° views over the gorgeous Ripley Valley, and there are play and social activities for children of all ages and abilities, thoughtfully designed by the team at Saunders Havill.