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?


Sick of mowing the lawn every few weeks? Consider building a natural swimming pond in your garden to both create a beautiful feature and make the most of the space. Our ecosystem ponds require very little maintenance to keep them looking fantastic, meaning you can simply sit back and enjoy as your water feature gets better with age! ...

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Road tripping again to the north, you get to a certain point and you know that your in it. Good old pub ...

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We reckon if you take one dip in Lake Gkula, you’ll be sold on the utter magic of ecosystem ponds (if you aren’t already!).

Officially opened on 7th December 2019, Lake Gkula is a beautiful ecosystem pond built at Woodfordia. With more than 8,000 plants and over 16 species of native fish, we built this lake to be enjoyed by humans and animals alike. The up-flow wetland filtration system helps to keep everything in balance, and allows an array of creatures to relish in the pond. Some animals you may be able to spot include Snake-Necked Turtles, Green Tree Frogs, Purple Swamp Hens, Sacred Kingfishers, Black Swans, plus more!

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Looking for a way to bring more native animals to your garden? Consider having an ecosystem pond installed! Our ecosystem ponds can attract a variety of beautiful creatures, including butterflies and bees, frogs, lizards, and birds.

Kids often love to watch insects and animals, and a pond can be a great educational opportunity for teaching children about nature and life cycles.

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If you want something a little different to a chlorine swimming pool in your yard, you might like to think about adding in a Recreation Pond.

Recreation Ponds can be enjoyed much like a swimming pool, but instead of using chlorine, they use a balanced ecosystem to keep the water clean and clear. These ponds can also have the addition of fish and plants, which makes for a unique and exciting swimming experience.

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Want to create a water feature suitable for smaller spaces? Think of incorporating a Pondless waterfall into your garden. These features can be built in confined areas, but still provide running water and tranquility to an area.

Pondless waterfalls have many of the benefits of ecosystem ponds. They can provide a brilliant focal point for a garden, and attract many wonderful native animals. These features can also be designed to integrate intriguing plants into your garden.

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Recreation ponds makes a fantastic addition to a range of different spaces. They can be incorporated into the grounds of a resort or built at a doggy day care (such as the one we completed at Houndog in Brisbane). A recreation pond is ideal for letting guests take a dip in natural water and allows them to connect with nature. ...

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Each recreation pond we create is unique and customised to our clients’ needs. This makes each one different in its own way.

Some – like this one pictured – have many large rocks with a few plants, while others have many different types of plants both around and within the water. When designing your pond with Waterscapes Australia, we love to find out just what type of style you’re after, and then strive to bring it to life, better than you imagined!

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If you’re looking to install a pool in your backyard, but would prefer something without chlorine, why not consider a recreation pond instead? We can create swimming ponds large, small, and in-between.

How do they keep so clean and swimmable? Our recreation ponds feature a biological filter that helps keep the water clear all year-round, so you can take a dip whenever you like (provided the weather is nice!)

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A Pondless waterfall is great for smaller spaces. We can make waterfall features that naturally fit into the landscape of a garden. Picture tranquil water gliding over smooth rocks, accompanied by the peaceful sounds of running water. ...

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Waterscapes completed a 14m x 9m lagoon for the unique Houndog Doggy Day Care Adventure Park in Brisbane. Located on 5 acres, Houndog provides a playground in which dogs can socialise and explore. The company was looking to create a doggy lagoon without the use of chemicals, allowing for dogs with sensitive skin to also enjoy a dip.

The construction took more than 10 days to complete, and used a whopping 140 tonner of local granite boulder. The finished result is a stunning ecosystem lagoon complete with waterfalls for dogs to swim and splash about in!

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Doonan - Pondless Stream. Completed in 2017, this captivating project is a Pondless stream system designed within a courtyard, demonstrating our knack for creating a dynamic design within a limited space. The client had a vision of a gentle and subtle water feature, with large stepping stones for crossing, and planted areas to screen the bathhouse.
Check out the video and let us know what your favourite element of the design is in the comment section below.

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Launceston Rec Pond revisit!. Just filled, this is going to be spectacular . ...

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A recreation pond can be a feature of a property for generations to come. These ponds go from strength to strength as the ecosystem finds its balance. Getting better with age, our ponds are self-sustaining and require very little maintenance. ...

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We love to work with clients to bring their water design dreams to life. When it comes to the design process, we first establish the layout, type, and budget of your project, and make sure you are happy with the concept before taking the next step.

Interested in getting your new project started? Get in touch with Waterscapes Australia today!

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