WA – North Coogee Bespoke Playground Case Study

North Coogee SS Wyola Tug Boat Playground


This custom-designed playground at North Coogee near Fremantle was inspired by the iconic SS Wyola steam tug boat that was built for the Swan River Shipping Company in the early 20th Century. The Proludic “tug boat” is located adjacent to the buried remains of SS Wyola shipwreck at CY O’Connor Beach. The playground design encourages group imaginative play activities, with children and parents often playing together.

Site: North Coogee, Rollinson Road, North Coogee, Western Australia
Client: City of Cockburn
Age Range: from 2 years

Date Opened: July 2017

Proludic play equipment:

  • Z17-2702 Custom Keo Bow and Stern – oak and charcoal coloured compact composite panels
  • Z17-2703 Custom Captain’s Cabin – oak and charcoal coloured compact composite panels
  • J441SP Custom Pod Swing with chimney stack posts
  • G1902SP Custom Nautical Fence
  • J5014 Sand Digger
North Coogee SS Wyola Tug Boat Playground

SS Wyola Tug Boat Play Replica

North Coogee SS Wyola Tug Boat Playground

Original SS Wyola Tug Boat


Proludic’s Keo the Shipwreck has been customised with new colours to closely match those of the original SS Wyola Tug Boat, resulting in a completely different and unique look for the play equipment. Captain’s Cabin with the same matching colours is also included. The coloured compact composite panels ensure a robust, durable and sustainable equipment solution for the coastal environment.

The central feature of the playground is a custom-designed Proludic Pod Swing that includes large chimney stack posts that resemble those of the SS Wyola. The playground also incorporates custom nautical-themed panels and a Sand Digger.

The tug boat themed playground stimulates imaginative play and story telling where children set sail for a world of adventures: crossing stormy seas, discovering a desert island, or simply dropping the anchor to go fishing with friends… many stories can be created! The design of the play structures has been carefully considered to incorporate a wide variety of play activities that also encourage children to develop their gross motor and fine motor skills.

Site location:

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