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Hardwood Timber Supplies: Hardwoods have been the preferred timber of choice in construction for centuries. Authentic hardwood timber is praised for its unparalleled style and performance.

As they come from slow-growing trees, hardwoods are naturally more durable. Its timber has a higher density than softwoods giving them enhanced durability and strength. As hardwood timber is a durable and hard-wearing building supply, they are ideal for projects that require high levels of strength. Such projects include building construction, timber frames, furniture and decking flooring and indoor flooring.

What We Do

From building a boardwalk through a rainforest to interior flooring, fencing and composite decking, Gowan Lea Timbers offer a wide range of hardwood timber supplies. With a range of ironbark, red gum, spotted gum and certified timber, you are sure to find a hardwood product to suit your needs.

Do you have an out of the ordinary job, or simply do not know what timber to use? As experts in the timber industry, we have the knowledge, experience and on-site services to help. Get in touch today to discuss your hardwood timber needs.

With a fully integrated, on-site planning shed, we can handle most of your timber dressing and profiling requirements.  We can also pre-coat your timber with quality timber oil to save you time and mess, as well as dock your timber to length.

Benefits of Hardwood Timber Supplies

Utilising hardwood timber supplies in your construction projects comes with a myriad of benefits

Maintenance: One main advantage of hardwood timber products is their easy maintenance, making it an ideal option for flooring. It is hard-wearing and will look beautiful for years to come. Dents and scratches can be easily fixed with some sanding and varnishing, and rarely requires full replacement.

Strength: As a result of its density, hardwood timber supplies are durable, long-lasting and hard-wearing.  Each hardwood variety comes with different benefits and advantages. Oka is widely used for construction and furniture, where cherry hard wood is best utilised in flooring and furniture.

Appearance: Hardwood timber supplies come in a variety of grain and colours, making hardwood easy to match a variety of décor and construction styles. Its natural pattern makes each board and plank unique, ensuring a one-of-a-kind project.

Cost: Although hardwood is often more expensive than softwoods, the payoff for their strength and durability is unparalleled. Using cheaper alternatives will cost more in the long run with repair and maintenance costs. Hardwood timber supplies will last a lifetime and is a worthy investment to make.

Hardwood vs Softwood

It is important to note that soft and hardwood timber are distinguished in nature in terms of their reproduction rather than their end appearance and attributes.

The trees from which hardwood is obtained tend to be slower growing, meaning the wood is usually denser.

Hardwood comes from broad-leaved trees such as Red Gum, Spotted Gum, Ironbark and Merbau etc. Softwood is harvested from trees that produce cones and seeds such as pines and cedars. 

Hardwood is considered to be the most versatile construction material. Applications range from gorgeous furniture, musical instruments, flooring, construction and boatbuilding. It is a material of durability and beauty. It is available in countless combinations of species, specifications and colours. 

As a result of their slow growth and their condensed, more complex structure, hardwoods offer a superior level of strength and durability.

Hardwood timber tends to be more resilient than softwoods and is reserved for projects that require maximum durability. They are often used for construction projects that rely on strength and durability, such as flooring, fencing, decking and high-quality furniture. 

Softwood is renowned for its versatility and strength.  This timber has a large variety of applications and a known for their aesthetic appeal. Softwood can be used across for both internal and external projects – from furniture and flooring to decking, landscaping and structural applications.

They are a flexible timber and are lighter in weight and less dense than most hardwoods. Softwoods are most commonly used for interior mouldings, windows production and generating sheet materials such as plywood. Softwood is best utilised on doors, windows, ceilings and furniture.

As the timber experts, Gowan Lea Timbers have all the knowledge and expertise to help you make the best decision on your timber materials. Call Today!

Hardwood Timber Applications

Due to their various benefits, hardwood timber supplies makes the ideal construction material for various applications. These applications include:

Joinery: hardwood timber joinery products offer a unique and stylish touch to any interior or exterior design. These are produced for a variety of applications including door and window frames, cabinetry, skirtings, mouldings and eye-catching railings.

Decking: Hardwood timber decks are a practical and attractive addition to any outdoor patio space. These timber decks blend seamlessly with the environment and will serve as gorgeous entertainment areas for years to come.

As an external structure with hight traffic and carrying large loads of traffic, Hardwood timber decking is the ideal construction material. 

Flooring: Hardwood timber flooring has proven to be a timeless product that offers warmth and natural beauty.

Whether for structural or decorative flooring applications, hardwood timber offers durability, versatility and adaptability. The aesthetic and strength of timber flooring have proved to be popular in a wide variety of interior settings.

Fencing: The appeal and strength of hardwood make for the obvious choice in fencing construction projects.  Not only does Hardwood fencing flow seamlessly with the outside environment, it remains structurally sound for years to come!

Landscaping and Pergolas: The natural appeal, strength and versatility of Hardwood timber make it an ideal choice for retaining walls and various landscaping applications. 

Hardwood pergolas offer an attractive and economical way to create a functional outdoor living and entertainment spaces. Its resistance to fire and rot, make it ideal for outdoor construction projects.

Our History

We began Gowan Lea Timbers over 25 years ago to address the timber needs on the rapidly growing Sunshine Coast. Starting with two staff members, a forklift, flat-bed truck, and a shipping container office we grew a solid reputation for boasting the best hardwood timber supplies around. 

This didn’t take us by surprise. Our mill, Gowan Lea Sawmilling Company, had been operating for over 40 years and was a well-respected wholesaler of premium quality Spotted Gum and Ironbark products. However, when the Queensland State Government bought out and closed Gowan Lea Sawmilling Company, our retail timber yard was left without a supply of quality hardwood.

It was then we entered into a productive relationship with Mary Valley Timbers. A green hardwood sawmill near Gympie, Mary Valley had a similar focus on quality and cut 95% Spotted Gum and Ironbark.

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No matter what type of project you have, we understand quality timber supplies and service are important. Our team of experts will work with you to ensure you get the most from the experience and ensure the smooth delivery of your project on the Sunshine Coast.


Gowan Lea Timbers is your one-stop shop for top-quality timber and building supplies. With years of experience, we’re the Sunshine Coast’s experts in all things timber!

We have an extensive range of timber products that are perfect for every project – large or small. Whether you need treated timber or composite decking or something else, we have you covered.

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