You want to improve your outdoor living space? Adding a natural timber deck is a great place to start. It is hard to think of what can beat the look of natural timber, and with so many options, choosing the right timber is not so easy.

To make your decision a little easier, we have listed some of the most popular Australian decking timbers. One of them is sure to be just right for your property.

1. Treated pine

Treated pine has become one of the most popular decking timbers because it is a cheaper option compared to other timber, and can make a great looking deck.

Pine takes stain and paint well, so you can make your deck any colour you like. Treated pine is not all alike, though. The Hazard rating will tell you if its suitable for outdoor use and if the posts can come in contact with the ground. A good decking supplier or carpenter can help you choose the right treated pine or timber for your decking, joists, posts and other components.

2. Jarrah

Jarrah has a beautiful colour ranging frm dark brown to reds, which is why some homeowners will choose this beautiful timber as their number one decking choice. Jarrah is more expensive than many other decking timbers.

If left unsealed, jarrah turns a nice grey colour over time. Jarrah is rather durable, which makes it a good timber for decking. It is also fire-resistant and can certainly be a popular choice for use in fire-prone areas.

3. Blackbutt

Blackbutt is an Australian native timber, it has a lovely consistent pale brown colour, and is another highly fire-resistant timber. Blackbutt can crack if left unsealed, so it should be sealed ASAP, and released periodically.

4. Spotted Gum

Spotted gum is often plantation grown in Australia, making it a good choice from an environmental point of view. It is quite a durable timber, suitable for decking. Spotted gum, like jarrah and blackbutt, is also good choice for bushfire prone areas.

It has greater colour variations than blackbutt, ranging from a light, pale brown to darker chocolate brown. Spotted gum is a dense timber that shrinks very little compared with other timbers. It also has low tannins, preventing it to bleed like some other timbers that may.

5. Merbau

Merbau is perfect for a range of uses; it’s a versatile timber that can be used for outdoor decks, flooring, cladding, and furniture. It is durable, easy to work with and resistant to rot, and insect infestations. It does however, have a high tannin content and is susceptible to oil or bleed when wet.

Much of the merbau used today comes from Southeast Asian rainforests.

6. Stringybark

Stringybark (sometimes written stringy bark) comes in a few colours: white, yellow and red.

Most deck builders use yellow stringybark because of its price and durability. Worm holes and gum veins are present in stringy bark. Some people are okay with these variations, whereas others prefer a more consistent appearance.

7. Ironbark

If you want a deck that will last for almost forever, then ironbark may be what you are after. As the name suggests, the timber is highly dense and heavy. It is difficult to work with because of its density, but has the highest possible durability rating of 1.

Ironbark is a beautiful timber, with colours ranging from pale brown to deep red. Aside from being one of the most durable timbers, ironbark is also highly fire, termite and rot resistant. If you’re looking for pool decking, ironbark may be your best choice.