Play Equipment and Rubber Softfall

NT Shade installed the shade structures, 800 sqm of rubber softfall and play equipment at:

Bicentennial Park, The Esplanade, Darwin City!

NT Shade can install all your playground needs IN-HOUSE

Every child deserves a great playground. Let's get more kids and parents outdoors playing UP!

We love working with schools to create playgrounds that meet the needs of ALL students

The Mall, Darwin

How cool are those intricate rubber designs
– no dry joins there!


Playground Equipment

NT Shade have been installing playgrounds here in the Territory for nearly 10 years. If you want a quality job we are your first stop. Come and see Chris and Michelle and we can help plan your next great playground.

No job too big or too small, we have installed one of the largest playgrounds in Darwin (Bicentennial Park, The Esplanade) to small pieces of play equipment like springers in Early Learning Centres.

Other recent jobs include RAAF Base Darwin, Northcrest Berrimah, Anula Regional Playground and numerous small pocket parks and schools.

Chris and Michelle both completed an intensive Playground Safety Course, fulfilling requirements to be a Playground Safety Inspector. We can conduct visual inspections of park facilities and can contribute to OHS Hazard identification and risk assessment.

  • AHCPGD206 Conduct visual inspection of park facilities
  • AHCPGD305 Conduct operational inspection of park facilities
  • AHCPGD505 Conduct comprehensive inspection of park facilities

Rubber Softfall

Why do you need softfall rubber? The Australian Standards for Playground Equipment state that an impact absorbing surface is required under all playground equipment over 60cm high.  Softfall in the Northern Territory can be Rubber Softfall or Sand. The thickness of the softfall is determined by a number of elements, with the main one being the "Critical Fall Height, CFH." At the completion of all Softfall Rubber jobs NT Shade will issue you with a Certificate of Compliance.

Rubber Softfall has three components.

Sub Base

This is  a critical layer for longevity of the rubber. A hard, compacted sub base is required.

Shock Pads

Pads get laid underneath the rubber top coat. These are critical to the fall height of the equipment; NT Shade uses A1 Aero Shock Pad system, which come with a “Certificate of Compliance.” The system is independently factory tested for compliance with the current Australian Standard.

Rubber Topcoat

A top layer is troweled over the shock pads and there are a variety of products to choose from. In Australia there are two most commonly used types of rubber, a new manufactured rubber or a recycled one.

EDPM - stands for Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer. There are a number of companies who supply this. The important factor in choosing an EDPM is quality and knowing where the product was manufactured.

CSBR - stands for Coloured Styrene-Butadiene Rubber. A1 Rubber recycle Australian Car Tyres to produce this product. A1 are number one In Rubber Upcycling! A1 Rubber is lessening the impact on the environment, reducing landfill and producing more economically responsible products. Using their state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, A1 Rubber uses stripped rubber from old tyres to form new Australian made rubber flooring products.