Project Description


East Maitland, NSW | Playspace


Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers
2018 – National Gold Award Commercial, Educational/Institutional/Playspace

The New Enchanted Forest playground designed by OUTHOUSE design offers a unique and fun experience for the children and families that visit the Green hills shopping centre. Positioned in the heart of this showcase precinct, this unique play space concept came with the many challenges of being located in a small restricted space and dominating brick column.

OUTHOUSE design saw this an exciting opportunity to create what would be the key feature of this space – The giant Enchanted fig tree! Inspired by East Maitland’s Historical Flora and Fauna, the Enchanted Forest tells a story and offers children an opportunity to explore their local surrounding environment, and educate them through discovery and fun challenges.

Talking tree house spiral slide
Enchanted forest entrance arbour
Interactive play panel
Natural timber play items

Focusing on the 7 senses, this play space includes the integration of natural materials, tactile surfaces and interactive play elements which allows children of all abilities to experience together. So we invite all families to begin their adventure as they enter through the twirling vines and laughing kookaburras, and follow the overgrown buttress roots and fallen leaves to lead you to the many fun challenges and places of discovery. Take a journey across the balancing tree logs, or cast your eyes into the magical warped mirror, explore the hidden animals through the telescopes or go exploring in the flexible forest! Key features include the Tree house cubby and slide, animatronic animals, timber balancing logs and stilt walks, interactive talking tubes and play panels. Let’s not forget the talking tree if you can find him!

Timber carved owl
Enchanted Forest animatronic talking tree
Natural timber play elements
Image of Enchanted Forest playground