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Red Gum Timber

Prized for its brilliant red colour, Red Gum timber is an iconic Australian native hardwood timber that has a reputation for durability and strength. 

Red Gums, Eucalyptus camaldulensis, grow along rivers, creeks and waterways and have originally been used to make canoes, bowls and shields. 

No matter what type of project you have, our team of experts will work to ensure the smooth delivery of your project’s needed materials!

Why Red Gum Timber?

There are a number of reasons why Red Gum is the ideal timber for your construction project. 

Red Gum is used for a wide range of projects, is particularly suited to situations requiring high strength where appearance is also important. This includes decking, timber mouldings, cladding, pergolas and flooring.

With the ability to withstand a variety of harsh environmental elements, you are able to create timber projects that will stand the test of time.

Red Gum Timber is an iconic Australian tree that yields attractive timber. It has a distinctive red colouring that ranges from a light pink to a near black. If left untreated this timber may age into a silvery grey over time. Theis range of colours makes it easy to fit into a variety of designs and styles. It is always beneficial to check on available red gum stock as each shipment will differ in colour and appearance.

These hallmark tones can be further enhanced with finishing products such as oils and stains. It takes stand easily and can be polished and sanded to a superb finish. An interlocked grain and visible gum veins are best showcased in furniture and aesthetic applications. 

As Red Gum is a slow growing wood, it produces a timber that is dense and durable. Red Gum is easy to work with both hand and machine tools and has a lifetime value that only improves with age. 

Red Gum Timber:
The Benefits?

Strong and durable, Red Gum is a popular Australian hardwood often used in both exterior and interior projects. There are a variety of benefits including:

Strength: With a rating Class of 1 above ground and a Class 2 of in-ground contact, red gum is the ideal decking timber for Australian homes.

Due to its durability, the hard-wearing red gum timber is ideal for high traffic areas making red gum decking and flooring popular in commercial and domestic builds. It is the ideal timber for large construction projects. Common applications include house framing, cladding, lining and internal and external flooring.

Although the appearance of red gums can vary slightly, its strength and durability remains consistent. Red gum is known to last a lifetime!

Rot and Termite Resistant: Red Gum timber has high-density levels with a strong natural resistance to termites and does not need additional termite treatments. This makes it a great option when building in areas prone to termites.

Degree of Fire Resistance: Red Gum timber has a degree of fire resistance and is the recommended material for construction in bushfire-prone regions.

Therefore, they are perfect for roof and garden construction projects, especially if you live in a fire-prone area.

Style: Red Gum is an extremely attractive wood with a vibrant red colour that may vary slightly. The natural appeal and colour of Red Gum timber leads to some stunning architectural and design applications.

Hardwood vs Softwood

Red Gum timber is a distinctive hardwood prized for its colour, strength and durability. Different construction projects call for different kinds of timber supplies. Both hardwood and softwood are used for everything from structural to decorative projects.

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 Spotted Gum Timber, Red Gum Timber, 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!

Gowan Lea Timbers

An independent timber yard in Queensland, Gowan Lea Timbers provides a range of timber supplies, including Red gum, on the Sunshine Coast and has been operating for over 25 years. In our yard on the Sunshine Coast, we have our own sawmill, non-CCA treatment plant, kilns, dressing shed, and can source custom oil on request.

Known for our hardwoods, our range also includes Accoya timber, Spotted gum, and building product lines such as Pine framing, Plywood, engineered timber, and fibre cement products.

Our History

We began Gowan Lea Timbers over 25 years ago when we decided to open a small retail yard for timber needs on the rapidly growing Sunshine Coast of Queensland. We started with two staff members, a forklift, a flat-bed truck, and an office in a shipping container, and as we grew, we gained a solid reputation for boasting the best hardwood around. 

It didn’t take us by surprise. Our mill—Gowan Lea Sawmilling Company—had been operating for over 40 years and was already a well-respected wholesaler of premium quality western QLD Spotted Gum and Ironbark products. However, when the Queensland State Government bought out and closed Gowan Lea Sawmilling Company through a Regional Forestry Agreement process in 2007, the retail timber yard was left without a supply of the premium hardwood that our business relied upon.

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

What We Do

From building a boardwalk through a rainforest to interior flooring, fencing and composite decking, Gowan Lea Timbers provides all your Red Gum needs on the Sunshine Coast. 

If your job is out of the ordinary, or you’re just not sure what decking timber to use, whether you’re a tradesperson looking for the right timber for a new home or extension, an architect wanting to specify the correct finish or a commercial construction firm with a major build, Gowan Lea Timbers has the products, experience, and on-site timber services to help.

Our Timber Services

With a fully-integrated Planing Shed on-site, 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 on-site, plus dock your timber to length.

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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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