Commonly known as Sydney Blue Gum, this beautiful red timber has a fantastic grain. It is also easy to work, dress and fix. It responds well to most finishes and takes a good polish, making it popular for decorative applications where moderate durability is required.


Coffs Harbour Hardwoods has grown over the years from Ray McCarthy and a few sons to now employing over 100 staff. We are one of the biggest employers in the Coffs Coast region and also a proud supporter of many charities, sporting clubs and other organisations. As a business we feel a responsibility to help out where we can and will continue to do so for many years to come.


Coffs Harbour Hardwoods is a family owned and operated company. The McCarthy family have been supplying timber products nationally and internationally since it was established by timber merchant and world champion axemen Ray McCarthy since 1961.

Ray McCarthy was part of a long line of the McCarthy’s that were heavily involved in timber as far back as the 1850’s when pioneering and cedar getting was a mainstay of many north coast families. Ray was a timber agent who was mainly shipping timber across the Tasman for the New Zealand timber trade, when things started slowing down it was evident that he needed to find new markets and in 1961 Coffs Harbour Hardwoods was formed to concentrate more on the domestic market.

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The company was able to find contracts from the RTA for bridges, Port Authorities for piling and girders and also sleepers and poles for State Rail.

He formed the company at a time when the timber industry was still an integral part of the port at Coffs Harbour and had been since the beginning of the 20th century, the port was finally closed in the 1970’s. Up until that time Coffs Harbour Hardwoods was a major presence in the jetty area, exporting poles to New Zealand on coastal trader ships such as the Abel Tasman, which was a regular visitor to the then busy port. The final shipment to leave the port was a consignment of piles from Coffs Harbour Hardwoods bound for Indonesia.

Port redevelopments at Coffs Harbour in the 1980’s saw the company relocate to the village of Glenreagh. Ray had acquired land and this made the task of moving much simpler with a larger site necessary to the future growth and expansion of the business.

Our Difference

As the timber industry has restructured over recent decades, Coffs Harbour Hardwoods has won the respect of Government and industry and today remains one of the few companies to operate with formal timber supply agreements from Forests NSW.

During the 1990s the company embarked on a major investment in the value adding of timber products for the flooring industry and today we are one of the most respected in the industry for quality and service.

Our Google Reviews

First experience, great, just to easy, every body only to helpfull
Dennis Milan Visner
Dennis Milan Visner
02:00 12 Jun 19
Great firewood. Office staff always happy & helpful.
Glenn Locke
Glenn Locke
10:15 07 May 19
Great local family business providing renewable resources to vital industries, government departments and home builders. Over 100 employees living more
Andrew Fraser
Andrew Fraser
06:11 25 Feb 19
What a place. Great service great products and reasonable pricing. Beautiful part of the world.
Zac Robinson
Zac Robinson
05:31 17 Dec 18
Good for fire wood
Edwin Farrawell
Edwin Farrawell
04:22 15 Nov 18

Environmental Management

At Coffs Harbour Hardwoods we take our environmental responsibility very seriously, we recognise our responsibility to meet community expectations and are committed to continual improvement in environmental performance.

Our environment, health and safety standards have been scrutinised to assess the level of conformance, this has enabled us to provide a base to improve environmental practices and procedures that can allow us to continue the principles of sustainable development, we recognise our responsibility to meet community expectations and we are committed to the continuous improvement of our environmental performance.

Pollution Incident Responce Management Plan 2022

Water Monitoring results – 2015 onwards at June 2024

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