First look at the Wanneroo’s hidden bushland oasis at open weekend

For more than 25 years a stunning treetops by the coast community setting has been quietly evolving on the site of a former sand and limestone quarry in Carramar.

Now after more than two decades of design, rehabilitation and landscaping, the development incorporating natural bushland and over 27-hectares of community park which features a cascading waterfall, walking trails and an abundance of wildflowers will open to the public for the first time.

Community Open days on 14 and 15 September will present a rare opportunity to experience the 98-hectare site which is set to become one of Perth’s most unique and inspiring residential communities.

Known as The Kilns – a nod to the expertly restored limestone kilns which have been retained on the property and will be vested to the City of Wanneroo – it is an incredible legacy for the region created by Marford Group.

Spokesperson, Trevor Delroy, said when people eventually buy into the estate they will become members of a Home Owners Association which will own and manage the community park as well as a range of other shared facilities.

“Our vision has always been a ‘people helping people’ community model where people from all ages live together and nurture a strong and vibrant neighbourhood spirit,” he said.

“They’ll have real ownership of the natural community assets and a role in managing and progressing their surroundings and ultimately their own wealth creation through capital growth.”

“We envisage releasing a variety of lot sizes to encourage a diverse mix of residents including singles, families, and empty-nesters who can bring a range of skills and ideas and contribution toward the Home Owners Association.”

Mr Delroy said there will be some 2,000m squared Special Residential lots for those people wanting larger blocks and he believes these will attract people from country areas who want to retire to the city but don’t want to lose their connection to the land.

“Imagine the practical skills and experience retired farmers and avid gardeners would bring to the management of the community park and gardens,” he said.

Realising the ambitious vision for The Kilns has taken 25 years and started with filling the four million m3 void at the site created by sand and limestone mining with clean, uncontaminated materials.

This was followed by extensive landscaping and the construction a fully-equipped Men’s Shed, pizza oven and outdoor entertainment areas, a community centre and the meticulous restoration of the historically significant limestone kilns.

According to Trevor there’s still more work to be done including the planting of a series of community gardens which will provide residents with fresh vegetables, and the construction of basketball and tennis courts, storage sheds and even a wedding ceremony venue.

“But we are excited to share what we have created so far and gather further ideas from the people that will eventually reside here. We look forward to opening the gates to the public so people can get a taste of what will eventually be a very special place to live.”

The Kilns is located off Flynn Drive in Carramar and will be open to the public from 10.30am to 4pm on Saturday 14 September and Sunday 15 September 2019.

There’ll be free kid’s games and activities, guided tours and free coffee, cake and wood-fired pizza.