A whale of a time set for Busselton foreshore

The City of Busselton is set to welcome a $1.6 million Jetty Play Space forming an integral part of the foreshore redevelopment that the City is undertaking. Plan E have been working closely with the City of Busselton since July with final designs recently gaining approval.

The City of Busselton were clear in their initial brief that the design should draw from the local maritime, marine and coastal environment reflecting Busselton foreshore’s coastal character. The city wanted a nautical theme to build on the heritage of the site, reflecting marine creatures and highlighting the clipper ships that used to collect cargo from the jetty.


PLAN E has built on that philosophy to create the dramatic design elements that will be a feature of the space including a tall clipper ship as the centrepiece, as well as an octopus and whale tail. Evocative hand sketches, coloured drawings and 3D designs have all been used to convey the designs to the City and stakeholders.

The clipper ship is a particular favourite of its designer Michael Pearce and it offers the opportunity for a range of play including climbing and role play. In fact, as project Director David Smith explains the whole area is a role-playing environment, including water play at the whale tail.

The site, currently a car park, is compact and highly exposed to the elements which has meant some careful planning and design and material choices. The total park has been designed as a fully immersive, interactive marine themed environment for the whole family, with shade and seating offered as well as the play elements.

The play space will be a major attraction for both visitors and the local community providing a variety of play activities and a feature to be viewed by those who visit day and night. The Play Space is designed to be an attraction in its own right that visitors will want to come and see and interact with.