On this technically difficult site, the pragmatics of machine access had much influence on the landscape design. Basalt boulders retain the sheer embankment below the house, while timber steps lead to a freshwater swimming pool. Castlemaine slate paving frames the geometry of the pool and is given to restraint in this river setting. Plantings of Poa, Correa and Grevillea species soften the transition from hard landscape to bush. Heavy plantings screen both the neighbours and the obligatory pool fence. The existing tree canopy links with an understory of indigenous species generating an open woodland feel. Following the steep winding course set by our excavator, mulched paths meander toward a meeting place and canoe launch on the Yarra River (Birrarung). This project arose from a rewarding collaboration with our clients and our first of many with Natural Swimming Pools Australia.