The core of the Home of the Arts (HOTA) stage and theatre spaces reside beneath a “mountain” landscape made up of succulents, rainforest species and grasses from the wider Gold Coast region.

Voronoi verve: Home of the Arts Outdoor Stage

10 Oct 2018, Alexandra Brown

The Gold Coast’s new outdoor stage cleverly melds landscape and architecture to provide a flexible, functional and surprising space for future gatherings.

Optus Stadium’s bronze facade references Western Australia’s unique geology.

Finding a sense of place: Optus Stadium parklands

24 Sep 2018, Tinka Sack

A new stadium and expansive parklands along the shores of Perth’s Swan River distil the essence of their Western Australian surrounds, offering multiple opportunities to engage with narratives of place.

The muted earthy tones and winding form of the walk soften both its visual and physical presence within the ecologically significant Jock Marshall Reserve.

Bridging the divide: Jock Marshall Reserve Nature Walk

28 Aug 2018, Ricky Ray Ricardo

A new elevated walk at Monash University’s Clayton campus draws biodiversity into the heart of student life, offering plentiful opportunities for research and repose.

Wootten Road Reserve sits on Melbourne’s western fringe; however, it will soon be surrounded by new suburbs.

Grassland: A provocation

16 Apr 2018, Ricky Ray Ricardo

A new reserve on Melbourne’s western fringe celebrates one of Victoria’s most threatened ecologies by immersing users in the subtle beauty of native grasslands.

Robust local timbers will silver over time to reflect the hues of the surrounding eucalypts.

Ebb and flow: Koondrook Wharf

17 Nov 2017, Danielle Jewson

Community engagement, Aboriginal artwork, locally sourced timber and a piece of history have been brought together to create this new wharf in northern Victoria.

Paddington Reservoir by JMD Design and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer for City of Sydney, 2009.

The ten most significant works of Australian landscape architecture 2001–2017

1 Mar 2017, Scott Hawken

Over the past decade, Australian landscape architecture has grown in its range and expression. These ten projects allow a clear view of where the profession is headed.

Deb has grown much of her garden from seed she has collected or purchased from specialist nurseries.

Deb Reynolds’s garden: Restoring the unknown

30 Jan 2017, Adrian Marshall

This unconventional garden has followed its owner’s discovery of the grasslands of Melbourne’s west.

Amphibious Architecture is installed in Hobart's Derwent estuary – its rather inconspicuous poles bob up and down with the swell.

Amphibious Architecture – What Does the Derwent Want?

9 Jan 2017, Jeff Malpas

A poetic and dynamic light array provides information about the estuarine health of Hobart’s River Derwent by monitoring dissolved oxygen levels below the surface.

The Oudolf Field by Piet Oudolf, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, United Kingdom.

Hortus conclusus: The Oudolf Field

28 Oct 2016, Claire Martin

A horticultural postcard from Hauser & Wirth Somerset, an oasis of opportunism in a post-Brexit United Kingdom.

Aerial perspective of Sydney Park.

Waste not, want not: Sydney Park

26 Sep 2016, Ricky Ray Ricardo

Occupying a former landfill site, the Sydney Park Water Re-use Project by Turf Design Studio and Environmental Partnership is an impressive fusion of design, science, art and ecology.

Frank Gehry’s Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the UTS Business School borders The Goods Line to the south-west, attracting tourists to the area.

Walks of life: The Goods Line

12 Sep 2016, Simon Kilbane

Aspect Studios and CHROFI create an elevated, pedestrian-scale linear park in Sydney that maintains a constant level of public life.

Elizabeth Quay by ARM Architecture and Taylor Cullity Lethlean.

New order: Elizabeth Quay, Perth

25 Aug 2016, Nigel Westbrook

ARM Architecture and Taylor Cullity Lethlean combine post-punk populism with old-fashioned civic amenity to redefine Perth’s urban identity at Elizabeth Quay.

A durable palette of precast concrete, Corten steel, washed aggregate paving and porphyry setts was used in the hardscaping of the project.

Come to pass: Bowen Place Crossing

25 Aug 2016, Roger Pegrum

A “refreshingly minimalist” design by Lahz Nimmo Architects with Spackman Mossop Michaels offers safe passage for pedestrians and cyclists under Canberra’s Kings Avenue Bridge.

Excavated sandstone blocks are used to re-create the pre-colonial landform of the Barangaroo Reserve site, a former shipyard.

A naturalized landscape: Barangaroo Reserve

29 Jun 2016, Bruce Mackenzie

Bruce Mackenzie examines the design thinking, vegetation, soil science and collaboration that created Barangaroo Reserve.

Lush, tropical vegetation is fast enveloping the steel arbour in the Secret Garden.

Lady Cilento Hospital landscapes

2 Jun 2016, Catherin Bull

For Brisbane’s new Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Conrad Gargett created an impressive suite of rooftop gardens full of drama and novelty.

The largest and most “designed” of the 2014 plantings took the form of a 2.4-kilometre-long spiral on the site of the former Moe public hospital.

Seeds of Change: Get Sunflowered

3 May 2016, David Bullpit

A project in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley offers a happy intervention to a region facing serious economic and social challenges.

A plunge pool has been created from a concrete water tank craned onto the site and tiled in mosaics.

A new rural: Garland Garden

3 May 2016, Margie Fraser

In the inner-city Brisbane suburb of New Farm, Landscapology presents a compelling vision of a new-century rural garden.

Monument Park sits between Victoria Harbour and the new McBride Charles Ryan-designed development The Quays.

Ghost town: Monument Park

3 May 2016, Andrew Mackenzie

Callum Morton, Oculus and McBride Charles Ryan deliver an engaging new public artwork in Melbourne’s Docklands worthy of a visit.

Tubular steel spells out climbable words linked to flour milling: wheat, flour, blend and purify.

Writing history: Harts Mill Surrounds

3 May 2016, Jo Russell-Clarke

A playspace by Aspect Studios at a historic mill leads the revitalization of Port Adelaide’s post-industrial waterfront.

The Convic-designed Esplanade Youth Plaza is set between giant stands of Araucaria at Fremantle’s Esplanade Park.

Freo’s “Happy Park”: Esplanade Youth Plaza

3 May 2016, Grant Revell

Fremantle’s Esplanade Youth Plaza successfully balances youth recreational activities with family space.

Splashes of intense colour enliven the space as seen from the air.

Cultural infusion: Dandenong Civic Square

3 May 2016, Kate Gamble

A colourful new civic square in Dandenong offers a welcoming and intimate space to its diverse community.

The water stair as photographed in 2005.

Strangely familiar: Mount Penang Gardens

3 May 2016, Sueanne Ware

The Mount Penang Gardens are considered an enduring and radical contribution to public garden design in Australia.

Entrance artwork by Jon Tarry, based on an insect chrysalis.

Child’s play: Rio Tinto Naturescape

3 May 2016, Julian Bolleter

Plan E has delivered a play area in Perth’s Kings Park with the specific aim of reconnecting children with nature.

A cascading steel mesh staircase is bolted onto a rock face adjacent to the MacKenzie River.

Of Stone and steel: MacKenzie Falls Precinct

3 May 2016, Ricky Ray Ricardo

A bold yet highly site-specific gesture rarely seen in Australian national parks and conservation areas.

A crisp plane of paving is positioned within a square of four plane trees.

Zinc House

3 May 2016, Ray Edgar

A contemporary pared-back garden that elides the distinction between gallery space and domestic living.

Lush tropical plantings at the rear of the garden are reflected on the pool’s surface.

Parsley Bay Garden

3 May 2016, Tanya Wood

This lush Sydney villa garden is enriched by a collection of bespoke artworks.

Dramatic rocks tower from Circular ponds in the water feature by artist Ashika Ostapkowicz.

Mount Eliza Garden

3 May 2016, Anne Latreille

An artful composition by landscape architects Sinatra Murphy on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

Aerial view over the entire Australian Garden near Cranbourne in Victoria.

The Australian Garden

3 May 2016, Kate Gamble

A spectacular garden by Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Paul Thompson explores the Australian identity.

Looking back at the house from across the dam.


3 May 2016, Dianne Firth

Fresh Landscape Design has transformed a drought-ravaged property outside of Canberra into a resilient garden.

The bedroom courtyard is structured around an elegant reflective pool in the Adelaide villa garden.

Two Adelaide Villas

3 May 2016, Aylwen Dennis

A contemporary play on Renaissance and other historic garden styles.

The horizontal planes of the house contrast with the ragged verticality of the nearby eucalyptus grove.

The garden at Medhurst

3 May 2016, Catherin Bull

A contemporary take on modernist landscape design by Tract Consultants in Victoria’s Yarra Valley.

The above-ground concrete pool was designed by architects James Stockwell and Jonathan Temple.

Forest Edge Garden

3 May 2016, Laura Harding

In a bushland clearing high above the Hunter Valley, a sublime garden by Jane Irwin.

Aerial view of Londscale Street in Central Dandenong. Streetscaping by Taylor Cullity Lethlean and BKK Architects.

Revitalising Central Dandenong

3 May 2016, Beau Beza

A $290 million urban renewal initiative aimed at revitalizing central Dandenong.

Illawarra flame trees (Brachychiton acerifolius) provide shade over the terraced steps.

The Plaza at the Brisbane Showgrounds

3 May 2016, Suzanne Kyte

A generous, layered events space for the RNA Showgrounds Regeneration Project by Lat27.

A composition of Washington palms perforates the paved area at the entrance to the pool.

Prince Alfred Park

3 May 2016, Julian Raxworthy

Sue Barnsley Design and Neeson Murcutt Architects’ upgrade of Sydney’s Prince Alfred Park + Pool.

The graphic surface of the multipurpose area allows for a variety of sports and activities to occur simultaneously.

Box Hill Gardens Multipurpose Area

3 May 2016, Bonnie Grant

A sport and recreation space by Aspect Studios doubles as a backyard for local residents.

Queensland Maple and Brown Penda decking from the site were recycled into the new built structures.

Cairns Foreshore Development

3 May 2016, Peter Skinner

A landmark collaborative project led by the landscape architecture team at RPS.

The vacant public spaces in Aurora signal a need for occupation.


3 May 2016, Helen Day

A six-hundred-hectare flagship development in Melbourne’s north by Place Victoria, seven years on.

North Lakes was developed by Stockland and expects a final population figure of around 25,000.

North Lakes and Fitzgibbon Chase

3 May 2016, Mark Fuller

In South East Queensland, two master-planned communities are spearheading regional growth.

Workers from the adjoining Brookfield Tower descend on the plaza for lunch.

Brookfield Place

3 May 2016, Julian Bolleter

A pragmatic urban plaza by Hassell facilitates social richness in an otherwise corporate address.

Julluck Pond features a curved bridge spillway that treats stormwater and detains flood water.

The Ponds

3 May 2016, Linda Corkery

A sustainable residential development with landscape architecture by Clouston Associates.