Alongside landscape architects, Plummer & Smith, we were engaged to upgrade the agri-tourism attraction at Summerland Farm, one of Australia’s most successful disability enterprises. The reimagined masterplan incorporates and enhances a dilapidated water-play park into a new adventure playground, dotted with architectural elements, and full of diversified and inclusive play experiences woven through lush gardens and sculptural concrete inclusions. Overlooking this sits the Retail Hub, a repurposed 200sqm shed with new external elements grafted off two sides. Housing ticketing, cafe, gift/produce shop, nursery, back-of-house and toilets, a large entry verandah projects out from the eastern edge to channel visitors into the main space past the ticket booth. Flowing out to a wraparound covered verandah and courtyard, visitors can enjoy the espaliered shade trees, purchase some plants, or admire the view from the fully-accessible walkway. Bench seating provides a great vantage spot to have a coffee while the kids play below.

  • Client- Aruma Disability Services
  • Budget - $6M
  • Function - Agri-tourism
  • Location - Alstonville
  • Year - 2021
  • Team - Dom / Dan / John / Amber
  • Builder - Woollam / Greenwood
  • Photography - Natalie McComas

All Structures Repurposed // Extensive Adventure Playground Landscaping // Local Hardwood Used // Naturally Ventilated // 500,000L Rainwater Tanks Supplemented With Spring Water // 25kW Photovoltaic System