Waterscapes Australia designs and builds natural water features for residential, commercial and municipal landscapes.

We create one-of-a-kind aquatic ecosystems in the form of streams, waterfalls, recreation and ecosystem ponds.

Each feature is individually crafted to blend with your existing landscape “like it has always been there”.

Creating well-balanced ecologies reduces maintenance and supports healthy fish and plants while transforming your backyard into an incredible, all-natural, low-maintenance paradise.

Patrick Handley


Changing the way Australia builds ponds.

Waterscapes Australia has been at the frontier of natural water feature design and installation in Australia since its founding in 2008.

Based on the Sunshine Coast, Waterscapes Australia is an owner-operated business under multi-award winning designer, Patrick Handley.

With over twenty years of global experience in natural water feature design, Patrick’s forte is creating lasting, naturally inspired sanctuaries for clients and environments alike.


A small selection of our past projects
Are you ready to see your own
Waterscape come to life?


Hampton, Toowoomba. Sharing our new project in the garden capital of Australia. ...

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Need somewhere to cool off this summer? Recreation ponds make for the perfect summertime retreat! Taking a dip in an ecosystem pond means floating amongst nature, experiencing all the beauty it has to offer. Want to visit ? Woodford Folk Festival is offering a inspired camping event in October at Lake Gkula in October. Follow Woodfordfolkfestival for details . ...

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We built this gorgeous, expansive ecosystem recreation lake in 2019.

Located in South East Queensland, this build is complete with elegant waterfalls and a beach. Plants such as jointed twig rush and grey sedge were incorporated into the design, and creatures such as empire gudgeons, Australian silver perch, and native freshwater shrimp also brought in.

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A recreation pond makes a wonderful, dynamic feature piece for a garden. Add luscious greenery to the banks and surrounds to create a design that reflects a tropical oasis.
The secret to healthy Water Lilies and lots of flowers is all in planting and the ongoing care. We pot up our lilies into aquatic planter bags with a heavy garden soil and some composted cow manure mixed in . To ensure flowering all season then poke to 3 or 4 aquatic fertiliser tabs into the soil and out from the crown every month . Guarantees heathy growth and an abundance of flowers .
Floating aquatic plants can also be incorporated into the water feature to bring an extra touch of nature to your pond.

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Love swimming in your backyard pool but hate the way the smell of chlorine tends to linger on your skin for what feels like days afterwards?! Why not consider converting your swimming pool into a swimming pond?!

Our recreation ponds use a combination of filters and beneficial bacteria to keep the water clean and clear for swimming. Because these features don’t use chemicals, they’re a wonderful home to fish and frogs. Other animals and critters may also stop by your recreation pond to say hello, adding to the natural ecosystem of the space.

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Patrick Handley is giving a tour of his Lake Gkula project completed in 2019. This tour will be part of a filmed series on Lake Gkula, we hope you can make it.

Date: Monday, 11th October 2021
Time: 2pm-4pm *tour starts at 2pm

We do have a cap on guests, please RSVP to save your place.
Email us at to RSVP and receive more information.

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At Waterscapes, we can create Pondless waterfalls and streams that suit your space. Take the photo above: a Pondless stream with a subtle waterfall has been created taking into consideration the need for a stone pathway. This feature incorporates pebbles, rocks, and a myriad of different aquatic plants to create a gorgeous feature piece that complements the surroundings. This Pondless waterfall is subtle yet captivating, bringing colour and life to the space. ...

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If you have a large recreation pond on your property, you may notice one or more Australian wood ducks popping by. These water birds can be found throughout most of the country, and can be up to 51cm tall.

The male and female of this species have distinct looks, making it pretty easy to tell them apart. The male has a dark brown head, while the female has a white stripe both below and above the eye.

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Need somewhere to cool off this summer? Recreation ponds make for the perfect summertime retreat! Taking a dip in an ecosystem pond means floating amongst nature, experiencing all the beauty it has to offer. ...

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Filming a segment at the Houndog project today, apart from the design I love how much use this gets and how its added to the experience for the doggies on daycare. ...

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Streams bring the soft sounds of gently flowing water to a garden. They’re a place for stretching out next to as you let the troubles of everyday life melt away. A place to watch birds take a drink, and dragonflies skim across the water’s surface.

Adding a simple stream to your garden is a fantastic way to bring moving water to your property.

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Streams provide running water to a garden, creating movement and intrigue. A stream is the perfect addition to a garden that’s low on space, as these designs can be created to accommodate small areas.

Add in a selection of Australian native plants and some locally-sourced rocks and you’ve got a stunning, unique creation that’s wonderful for both humans and animals alike!

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Dream of taking a dip in your very own private freshwater pond? Make it a reality with a Waterscapes recreation pond. Each of our ponds are one-of-a-kind creations, designed with the natural landscape in mind. These well-balanced ecologies are low maintenance, and support local wildlife. ...

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Recreation ponds form a centrepiece of a garden. Not just fun for swimming in, these ponds provide a space for native animals and birds, and somewhere relax next to with a good book. Our ponds are built using recyclable EPDM rather than concrete, plus we only use energy efficient pumps and equipment. ...

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A waterfall isn’t simply running water. It’s a place for family and friends to gather beside. It’s a place for birds to drink from and cool off in during the summer. It’s a place for silent reflection.

Waterscapes Australia waterfalls are built with the existing natural landscape in mind, blending in seamlessly and accentuating the features that are already present.

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