The Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden

The space provides children with the chance to get lost in the wonder of nature.

The Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden

Located in the heart of Centennial Park this magical play space offers children and adults alike an opportunity to immerse themselves in an oasis of nature-play and adventure.

It will be no surprise to many of you that this is my dream for children, to have access to nature as often as possible. The chance to investigate, explore and discover, sparks the imagination and creativity leading to so many learning opportunities whilst engaged in play.

We visited this gorgeous garden recently with our three boys aged 5, 12 & 13. It’s not easy to find an activity to suit all 3 boys especially a beautiful teenager who is a little “too cool” for Mum’s suggested weekend ideas of fun but we all loved this place.

The Ian Potter WILD PLAY Garden was designed to cater for children of all ages and abilities in a dramatic landscape in which children are encouraged to run, jump, play, learn and discover. The space provides children with the chance to get lost in the wonder of nature with dry creek beds, an artesian water play area, a bamboo forest, banksia tunnels, turtle mounds and Centennial Park’s first treehouse. Hide and Seek was our favourite game of choice and the perfect environment for it.

Take a picnic or make the most of the onsite coffee van. A spare pair of clothes is a good idea and of course a hat and sunscreen, although there is a beautiful amount of shade too thanks to some of the most beautiful trees you will ever see.

Opening hours: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily.

How to find WILD PLAY: The entrance is off Grand Drive, opposite the York Rd gates, in Centennial Park, entrance. Look out for the directional signs once you are in the Park or visit our maps to see how to get here.

Price: Free.

It is important to note that from time-to-time, operational changes in the Park may mean that we will need to temporarily close the WILD PLAY Garden. Keep an eye on the website for details.


Melissa Scaife, Mother of 3 children and owner of Fit Kidz Learning Centres.

All stories by: Mel