Also known as ‘tree surgeons, arborists Sydney are tree specialists who do anything tree related from reports for council, tree pruning, tree removal, and just general tree maintenance.

Let’s quickly look at what they can do for you and how to find a better-priced tree service near you.

Sydney arborist provide a range of tree services including;

  • Arborist reports
  • Tree removal in confined space
  • Tree Trimming
  • Tree risk assessments
arborist climbing eucalyptus tree

How much should it cost for an arborist?

The cost of arborist services will largely depend on the service being provided. Tree removal is a lot more expensive than an arborist report for example. Below is a list of prices for each service.

These prices are averages, as prices may vary depending on the size of the tree in question and the difficulty of access.

Tree removal – On average you can expect to pay $1,740 in Sydney. The real range is between $350 ,for very small trees less than 5m high all the way up to $4,500 for huge Eucalyptus trees.

Tree Pruning – The average price you can expect to pay is $337. Again this is the average of a range of $100 – $1,200.

Arborist report – Arborist reports will normally cost about $450. This may vary if you have multiple trees or if the report is for DA approval.

3 Ways to save

#1. Use this FREE service to get matched with a Sydney arborist.

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This way, you get a good balance of quality and price.

Just fill out the above form starting with your Postcode, and give us a little more info about your tree. We will then forward your job details to the best 3 local Sydney arborists who will come out and give you a great price on your tree job.

#2. Winter is cheaper

It’s a little-known fact that tree work is a little cheaper in winter. The reason being most Sydneysiders are not out and about in their yard. Outdoor services like landscaping and lawn mowing all greatly dive in workload.

By requesting tree work in winter, you are catching the market at the right supply and demand point to secure a great price.

Because there is less workaround and the same about tree services in Sydney, they all have to work harder to win your work. This includes lowering their prices.

#3. Remove that fence

If you want a tree removed and you have poor access, doing something small like removing a section of fence to allow the tree service direct access will save you hundreds.

Time is money, and the longer it takes to get a tree on the ground and in the back of a truck will cost you more.

Do what you can to make their life easier, and you will be rewarded with cheaper prices.

Professionals in tree services

Every tree job is different, and it is important that the proper methods are used to ensure safety for you and your property. Using a qualified professional for Sydney tree removals is key.

There is always the temptation to go with a cheap imposter, but if the tree service does not imply a qualified arborist, you are guaranteed they are not insured and don’t have the skills to do the job in a safe manner.

Don’t risk it, get a qualified arborist.

inner west sydney arborist Ben Mcinerney

Sydney’s inner west Arborists

Because Sydney’s inner west is so much greener than almost all other parts of Sydney, there has been a boom in requests for arborist services in those areas.

We can match you with an arborist in the inner west who can give you a great price on Sydney tree trimming or removal as well as reports and safety inspection.

When we get a request, it goes out to the three closest top-voted arborists for quoting.

If you do live in Sydney’s inner west, you can be sure you are getting a truly local service to give you a free quote.


A level 5 arborist has further studies in arboriculture and has gained a Diploma. Most working arborist who perform tree trimming and removal are level 3 arborist. A level 5 arborist has continued studies to be able to do arborist reports. They are trained in identifying pests and diseases, fungus and acute safety issues. If you need an arborist report you will need to contract a Level 5 arborist to do the report in Sydney.

Arborist don’t really charge by the hour but by the job. This is actually good news for you as they take on all the risk. If they charged by the hour, it’s quite easy for the job to take longer than expected. If you were paying by the hour it would cost you more.

Tree removal and trimming jobs are quote after a tree has been inspected and the price includes all works from start to finish.

If your tree is protected by your local Tree Preservation Order (go here to see your local TPO), then your local council might ask you to get a report from an independent arborist. The arborist will make up a detailed report on the health, safety and their recommendation for the tree moving forward.

I would not go out and get an arborist report unless prompted to do so by the council first. So make your tree removal application to council. If they knock it back or ask for a report, then contract an arborist to do so.

Just because you get an arborist report, does not mean you will like the arborist’s findings. Arborist do not recommend the removal of all trees they inspect. So if your desired result is to have the tree removed, but the tree is healthy, then you might be wasting your time by getting a report.

That being said you are not a trained professional and there will be things an arborist can see that you cannot. These could all lean in your favor for a removal recommendation.

This is a document prepared by an arborist giving an over view of the trees health and safety. Reports are normally requested by the city if a resident wants to remove a protected tree. The city arborist will seek an unbiased second opinion about the Safe and Useful Life Expectancy (SULE report) of the tree and their recommendation for retention or removal.

The price for tree trimming will vary greatly depending on the size, spread and location of the tree as well as the difficulty of the trim. If the branches are over power lines, this adds an element of danger and difficulty so the tree trim will cost more. The average cost of tree trimming is $438 with the true range being $120 to $1,200.

If you are planning on trimming or removing the tree, they will generally come out free of charge and give you a quotation or estimate on what it will cost to do the job. If they have any other tips for you, they will be more than happy to provide that information. That being said, please respect peoples time and do not pretend you want a tree removed just to get some free advice.

Yes. Tree surgeon or tree doctor is just another name for an arborist. The word arborist comes from the word Arboriculture which is the course they study to become an arborist.

In general the best time of year to cut down a tree is in winter. You can expect a saving of at least 25% due to the low demand for tree services in winter and the over-supply of companies willing to do the job. The time of year does not really matter if price is not an issue for you. The tree is going to be removed, so there is no concern about the trees health like when pruning.

No. A council will only ask for an arborist report for a second opinion. They council arborist will have his own idea on what needs to be done and the recommendation of an independent arborist will go a long way to away their decision, but the final say is with council.

When you get an arborist report, you don’t have to submit it to council. You can actually get another opinion from another arborist. You will need to pay for a second report, but they could see some things that the first arborist did not. In theory, you can get as many reports from different arborist as you like and just submit the one that has a recommendation for removal.

There is no hard and fast rule on this, but I would say that council would like to see the recommendation from an arborist report that is no more than 12 months old. The condition of a tree can change from month to month, so anything over a year old will not be as valid as a fresh report. If you are submitting to council for approval, then I recommend you do it asap.

Author: Ben McInerney is a qualified arborist with over 15 years of industry experience. He uses his in-depth knowledge of the tree service industry to give readers to most accurate information on tree service costs and helps to educate them about the benefits of using a certified arborist for tree trimming and removal work.