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Outdoor retreat: tropical landscape designs


Enjoy the best of the tropics in your own backyard by adding a gazebo, cabana or hut.

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Based in Queensland and offering delivery and installation Australia-wide, Tropical Lifestyle is Australia’s premier manufacturer of gazebos, cabanas and Bali huts, with 21 different styles to choose from to suit any style of outdoor living space.

When award-winning wedding photographer Paula Gray and her husband Leigh were planning the landscaping for their new home in South East Queensland, they decided on a tropical style for their garden, with a pool, lush plantings and a thatched Balinese-style cabana.

“We did all the planting three years ago and left space free for a Bali hut to be installed once the plants were mature,” says Paula. “By the end of last year, all the palms, dracaenas and yuccas looked like they had been established for years and we were ready to install a cabana. My budget started at $2500 and I started going through websites to see what was available. I came across Tropical Lifestyle and, although their products were three times my original budget, I watched their free video and read all the tips and testimonials on the website and was convinced not to go with a cheaper product.

“We selected a 3m x 3m Bali hut, which proved to be the ideal size for us and Tropical Lifestyle were true to their word and did a great job. These days, it’s hard to find people who are passionate about their work but the young guy who installed the Bali hut for us was amazing and the whole process was really easy.”

The Bali hut was then completed with comfortable and stylish outdoor wicker furniture, coloured lighting and speakers. “This is a real party house,” says Paula. “Everyone congregates out in the backyard. We use the Bali hut every day over the summer for cocktail parties, family gatherings and barbecues and I also love to spend quiet time there reading or I can take my iPhone out there and plug it in. The hut itself is just amazing and we are very happy with our choice.”

Tropical Lifestyle’s gazebos and Bali huts are made from kiln-dried Australian timber, so they will never warp or crack. “We also use an exclusive thermo thatch for the roofing that is made to our specifications,” says owner of Tropical Lifestyle, Matt Buchel. “Our research shows that a quality gazebo, cabana or Bali hut can add up to three times its purchase cost to the value of a home, so it’s definitely a worthwhile investment as well as adding style and practicality to your garden.”

Styles available from Tropical Lifestyle range from Federation style gazebos to models with Colorbond, shingle, African reed or thatch roofing and are available in kit form with delivery Australia-wide. Customers have the option of DIY installation or Tropical Lifestyle can arrange installation. Should customers choose the DIY route, each kit comes with clear instructions, with everything included.

“Our products are manufactured in Australia to the highest standards,” adds Matt. “We’re probably not the cheapest option on the market, but we definitely provide the highest quality and our structures need little or no maintenance.”

The Tropical Lifestyle website offers a helpful guide on how to select the right gazebo or Bali hut for your home, which is posted to you to read at your leisure or receive as a free video.


For more information

Tropical Lifestyle

Phone 1300 676 996



Originally from Outdoor Rooms magazine, Volume 21