WILD PLAY Garden at Centennial Parklands is open now

Launch of the Ian Potter Children’s Wild Play Garden. Photo: Tim Lumsdaine

Hooray! The Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden has opened at Centennial Park.

It’s a wonderful place for kids to run, play, explore, get their hands dirty and enjoy water play.

Launch of the Ian Potter Children’s Wild Play Garden. Photo: Tim Lumsdaine

The WILD PLAY Garden is aimed at children aged 2 – 12, with all abilities and backgrounds catered to.  There are dry creek beds, an Artesian water play area, bamboo forest, tunnels, turtle mounds and the Park’s first treehouse.

This is Australia’s first Children’s Garden, a beautiful 6000 square metre area with 12,000 plants, a wonderful natural play space.

The WILD PLAY Garden is close to the York Gates, with parking available on the Grand Drive.

Here is a map showing the layout of WILD PLAY.

Executive Director of Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands Kim Ellis said the project has been funded through generous donations from The Ian Potter Foundation, other philanthropic foundations and more than 700 individual donors with the support of Centennial Parklands Foundation.

“The importance of this garden extends far beyond a place for children to play outdoors in a Park,” Mr Ellis said.

“This Garden will provide children with opportunities to reconnect with nature at a time when many have rapidly decreasing access to nature and the outdoors.

Launch of the Ian Potter Children’s Wild Play Garden. Photo: Tim Lumsdaine

Ian Potter Foundation Chair Charles Goode said: “The Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden reflects the Foundation’s history of supporting projects that improve the lives of children and the wider community,” Mr Goode said.

Entry to the Garden is free, and the play space is now open between 10am and 5pm every day.

Read more about the philanthropist Sir Ian Potter here, a most interesting man.

Here are some more photos of this wonderful new play area in Centennial Park.

Launch of the Ian Potter Children’s Wild Play Garden. All photos by Tim Lumsdaine

And here’s a short video showing the WILD PLAY Garden too.



Read more on Centennial Parks other playgroundss and bike tracks here and on the Grand Drive walk here.

We can’t wait to get over there and see WILD PLAY in real life!

Have you visited the WILD PLAY Garden yet?




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Posted on: October 25, 2017


  • Reply November 20, 2017

    Sharon Leonardi

    Bringing grandkids ; do you have car parking ?

    • Reply November 21, 2017

      Seana Smith

      Hello, there is car parking all along Grand Drive. However, my advice would be to get there pretty early as there’s more chance of finding a parking space close to the play area.

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