Cypress is an affordable and sustainable softwood timber, abundantly available in New South Wales and Queensland. This highly durable species boasts natural termite resistance, making it a superb choice for a variety of building and construction uses, including cladding, fencing, and landscaping projects. Additionally, the distinctive characteristics of Cypress timber lend a unique and attractive appearance to flooring products, making it a popular choice for those seeking both functionality and aesthetic appeal in their building materials.

  • Category
    Timber Decking, Timber Flooring
Scope of use

Hurford’s extensive range of Cypress products include:

  • Screening & Decking
  • Solid select grade flooring
  • Pre-finished solid flooring
  • Solid flooring with reverse VJ profile
  • Chamfer & Shiplap
  • Sawn Unseasoned F7
  • Sawn Unseasoned Posts

Our Cypress harvested from the Barakula State Forest in Western Queensland is otherwise known as “Barakula Gold”, due to the superior quality of the raw material. Hurford’s Cypress Mill in Chinchilla is the only licensee in the Barakula State Forest, and as such Hurford is the sole supplier of the Barakula Gold range of Cypress.

White Cypress

White cypress is a softwood timber species growing to a height of up to 25 metres and a stem diameter of 0.6 metres. It is commonly found throughout Victoria, western New South Wales and central western Queensland.

In contrast to a creamy-white band of sapwood, the heartwood of this species ranges in colour from light yellow through orange to light brown, with occasional dark brown streaks. Grain is generally straight with a very fine and even texture. The presence of numerous tight knots is a distinctive feature that produces a strikingly decorative figure on exposed faces.

Natural resins in the wood impart a distinctive odour to white cypress and are believed to contribute to the timber’s impressive natural durability. Heartwood is resistant to termites. Life expectancy for above ground applications is greater than 40 years and up to 25 years in-ground. Both the sapwood and the heartwood of this species resist impregnation with commercially available preservatives.

In terms of hardness, white cypress is a firm timber (rated 4 on a 6-class scale in relation to both indentation and hand tooling). It can be satisfactorily machined and turned to a smooth finish. Pre-drilling is recommended for hand nailing seasoned timber, although machine nailing with shear-point nails works well. White cypress readily accepts most standard coatings, stains and polishes. Special techniques, such as surface roughening, are required for gluing.

In its area of natural occurrence, white cypress is commonly found as sawn timber (usually unseasoned) in framework and other aspects of general building construction. More widely, it is used as flooring, cladding and fencing material. Decorative uses of white cypress include quality indoor and outdoor furniture, turnery, joinery, carving, parquetry and linings. Other common applications include oyster stakes and jetty piles in low-salinity environments, as well as beehives.

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Established in 1932, Hurford’s is an Australian third-generation family-owned leader in the native hardwood timber industry. For over 90 years, we have been deeply committed to advancing the native hardwood timber industry, perfecting the craft and technology behind our renowned products.

Our journey began with modest operations, which have since grown to match and often surpass both Australian and international competitors. Today, we stand as a comprehensive industry leader, encompassing the full spectrum of timber production – from primary producer to manufacturer and wholesaler.

Our integrated operations manage the entire supply chain, ensuring sustainable management and harvesting of forest resources, followed by meticulous processing, manufacturing and global distribution of wood products. This seamless control over all processes allows us to maintain the highest standards of quality and efficiency.

As we continue to forge ahead, strengthening relationships and pioneering new sustainability practices, we honour the vision of Jim Hurford. His innovative approach to adding value and gaining a competitive edge set a strong foundation for what Hurford’s has achieved in high-quality timber manufacturing.

Join us as we continue to build on this legacy, delivering not just wood, but a promise of durability, quality, and stewardship of the Earth’s resources.

At ArchiPro we recognise and acknowledge the existing, original and ancient connection Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have to the lands and waterways across the Australian continent. We pay our respects to the elders past and present. We commit to working together to build a prosperous and inclusive Australia.