Recreation Ponds

Nature Build

Recreation Ponds, Billabongs & Lakes

Enjoy paddling alongside beautiful blooming water lilies, listening to the waterfalls and watching fish school in the water below while you snorkel or just relax on the natural rock shelves. It is such an amazing and tranquil experience that time just drifts away.

Recreational ponds, lakes, and billabongs are a favourite of ours at NatureBuild. They are often referred to as Swim Ponds or Natural Pools but we prefer to call them recreation ponds as the first and foremost reason we build them is to create a sustainable Eco-system that not only houses fish and water plants but also provide a fantastic watering hole for local wildlife to use. Also see our smaller garden & fish ponds.

We’re located near Castlemaine just out from Bendigo, and we build natural ponds for customers all across central Victoria.

NatureBuild are Master Certified Aquascape Contractors and do extensive practical and theoretical training around Australia, United States, and Europe to ensure we have the strongest knowledge base and skill set possible, as well as developing invaluable relationships with other Certified Aquascape Contractors world wide.  If you’re after a pond builder, give us a call.

Recent project videos

Also be sure to view Shaquille O’Neal recreation pond build!

Recent recreational pond projects

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Crafting Nature's Masterpiece for a Legend: The Shaquille O'Neal Ecosystem Pond Project

In June 2023, NatureBuild Australia embarked on an extraordinary journey, flying from the diverse landscapes of Australia to the lush surroundings of McDonough, Georgia. Our mission? To bring to life an unparalleled ecosystem pond for none other than basketball legend, Shaquille O’Neal. This $500,000 USD collaboration with Aquascape Inc. saw us working hand in hand with some of the most prestigious Aquascape artists of the year, each of us bringing our unique skills and passion for natural landscapes to the forefront.

A Fusion of Talent and Nature

Nestled in the heart of Shaquille O’Neal’s estate, this project was more than just a pond; it was a testament to the harmony between human ingenuity and nature’s elegance. Our team, along with the esteemed artists from Aquascape Inc., designed and constructed a breathtaking ecosystem pond that seamlessly blends with its surroundings, yet stands as a centerpiece of luxury and tranquility.

An Oasis for a Legend

The final masterpiece featured a meticulously crafted beach, inviting waterfalls, and a richly diverse aquatic ecosystem, transforming Shaq’s outdoor space into a tranquil oasis. Through this project, we had the honor of not only showcasing our expertise in ecosystem ponds but also delivering a personal touch to a figure admired by millions.

Bringing Dreams to Life

Our journey to Georgia and the collaboration with Aquascape Inc. underline our dedication to turning our clients’ dreams into reality. Whether it’s a serene backyard retreat or a grandiose water feature, our team is equipped with the expertise and passion to bring your vision to life.

How does an EcoSystem pond work?

Ecosytem Pond How it Works
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Before your consultation, we ask that you send us a few photos via Email of the space you are thinking of putting your recreation ponds, and then we can properly discuss your vision and design over the phone. At that time, we’ll schedule a convenient time to meet with you at your home and go over the process of installing your very natural pond.


  • We offer only the highest quality pond & water feature products, and we stand behind our workmanship 100%.

  • All of our Signature Series filters and skimmers come with a limited lifetime warranty.

  •  Our liners offer a limited 20-year warranty against failure, and since liners only deteriorate from the sun’s UV rays, we cover the entire liner with boulders and river gravel for added protection. This provides not only natural beauty, but also protects your liner from cuts, tears, and UV rays.

  • Our Aquasurge pump line is the most energy-efficient line on the market and also has the best warranty at 3 years with a full replacement.

  • Our plumbing lines are PVC Flex pipe that have been tested 50 degrees below zero, full of water, and will not crack or burst.

  • We also offer a full 2-year warranty on all materials and workmanship in the water garden installation provided that recommended maintenance has been completed. This includes material failure, leak repair, and any labor cost incurred for the repairs.

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