Village Parks Bokarina Beach

“Designed to stand the test of time. Safely.”







Design Partners

AECOM – Sunshine Coast

Scope of Work

Deliver, Detail, Develop, Discover


Executive Summary

Bokarina Beach is a premium 30-hectare residential community overlooking Lake Kawana on the Sunshine Coast. The developers, Stockland, selected Fleetwood to collaborate on the design and construction of several key elements within the expansive community parklands, including an environmentally-sensitive walkway through the local wetlands and a series of contemporary public shelters to help activate the surrounding green spaces by providing year ’round protection from the elements.


Fleetwood Involvement

Fleetwood was involved from the very beginning, collaborating with the landscape architects and client to refine the shelter designs, provide connection and buildability advice, and then deliver an innovative construction approach that ensured the original design aesthetic was achieved on time and on budget.

More Project Information


The design of the shelters needed to reflect the premium nature of the overall Bokarina beach development, while also being cost effective to deliver and easy to maintain. A modular design was chosen as a result with a high raked roof and cantilevered awnings to maximise both shade and air flow. Other challenges included accommodating a non-corrosive connection to the ground for maintenance purposes, and ensuring there was no access from the landscaped level behind the shelters to the roofs.


Concealing the roof and soffit into the depth of the side portal frame was far from straightforward. Considerable time was also spent ensuring suitable drainage was installed for each of the shelter roofs, with the region subject to storms and heavy rainfall in the warmer months.


Fleetwood delivered a marine-grade stainless steel connection between the shelter posts and the ground. It was a vital innovation given the harsh conditions experienced on the coastal site, helping to guard against corrosion and allow the Council to easily carry out future maintenance.


  • High raked roofs
  • Steel painted in coastal spec protective coating
  • Hardwood embellishments in the posts, portal frames and soffit
  • Cantilevered awning

  • Mild steel
  • Marine grade paint system
  • Stainless steel
  • Unseasoned hardwood
  • Corrugated sheet

Careful consideration needed to be given to the height of the awning so it provided protection without becoming a climbing hazard. The overhang of the roofline at the back of the shelters was also reduced to prevent climbing access from the surrounding landscaping.


Identifying the most suitable connection plates (to the ground plane) was an important consideration to maximise the longevity of the shelter structures. All timber was sourced from sustainably grown Australian forests, while protective coatings were chosen to prevent rust and contamination degrading the steel framework.


By activating the community green space areas, the shelters have quickly become a recognisable meeting place where locals can come together and create memories on the edge of beautiful Lake Kawana.


The shelters are an extended backyard for residents of the Bokarina Beach community, providing an area for people to gather, mingle and socialise with friends and family. The high rake roof and awnings ensure comfort all day with adequate shade, whilst still enjoying the surrounding landscape.