The cost of tree removal varies depending on several factors, from tree height, the type of tree, the number of tree branches, trunk diameter, and location of the tree/ access to the tree.

The average cost to remove a tree $1,340. The real price range for tree removal is $650 for small trees, right up to $7,500 for larger trees.

As all trees are different and everyone’s property access varies, it’s hard to give an average cost for removing a tree.

Expect to pay between $1,750 and $3,600 for tree removal. 

Tree Removal Prices by Size

TreeSizeLowHigh
Small trees5 - 6m$250$950
Medium trees6 - 9m$650$1,500
Large trees9 - 20m$1,000$3,500
Extra-large trees20 - 50m$2,500$10,000

Small tree

Small tree removal for something like a Bottle Brush or a Lilly Pilly trees normally doesn’t grow any bigger than a single-story house or 5 – 6m high. These will cost you $250 – $950. Add another $100 if you want the stump removed.

Medium tree

Medium tree removal for a Silky oak, Casuarina, Liquidambars, and trees of a similar maximum height of 6 – 9m. These are generally priced $650 – $1,500. Again there are a few factors to consider, but as a rough guide, that’s what you would expect to spend.

Large tree

Tree removal cost for a skinny gum tree, little foliage, and 3 stories high would be about $1,000. A more mature specimen of the same height, but with a bigger trunk and branch spread would cost closer to $2,500.

Extra large tree

If you are unlucky enough to be removing a very large tree, be prepared to pay a hefty price ranging right up to $10,000. I would get as many free quotes as you can from the best operators in town.

Cost of Removal by City

Median tree removal cost country wide = $1,340

CityState+/- AverageAvg. Cost
SydneyNSW+ 9.06 %$1,954
NewcastleNSW+ 3.74 %$1,693
PerthWA+ 1.16 %$1,763
BrisbaneQLD+ 0.1 %$1,851
CanberraACT0 %$1,850
Gold CoastQLD– 1.23 %$1,648
MelbourneVIC– 2.17 %$2,150
HobartTAS– 6.32 %$1,643
AdelaideSA– 6.72 %$1,789

The city with the highest cost of tree removal in Sydney, with the price being 9.06% higher than the countrywide average of $1,349 for tree removal.

The best price in the country for tree removal in Adelaide, with a cost of – 6.72% off the mean at $1,072.

Other city prices include:

The above prices to get a tree removed may vary depending on the company you go with. Additional tree services such as stump removal and mulch spreading can add to cost. 

Cost of Removing Trees by Tree Type

To calculate a more accurate cost of tree removal, you need to go tree by tree, as they all have various characteristics that factor into the cost. Below is a list of the most abundant Australian trees and their cost.

Eucalyptus/ Gum tree

Eucalyptus trees are one of the more expensive tree removals. Eucalyptus trees cost $1,200 to $7,000 to remove. The final tree removal cost will depend on the size of the tree and its location/access.

Liquidamber

Liquidambers are medium-size tree and very easy to cut down and remove. The average cost is $1,250 not including the stump. Smaller Liquidamber tree removals can cost you less if they are easy to access and have few obstacles.

London Plane tree

London plane tree removal cost can grow just as big as Gum trees, so their price can grow just as high. The average cost to remove a London Plane tree is $3,450, with the range being between $2,100 and $7500.

Jacaranda

These trees do not grow too large and a super easy to work with. They can get a bit messy to clean up but all in all, they are a fairly cheap tree to remove. Customers pay between $1,310 and $2,400 for Jacaranda tree removals in Australia.

Conifers

Conifers tree removal cost vary greatly in size and have a fairly large family of trees. Conifer trees come in many shapes and sizes, from thin pencil pines to whopping hedges. The average cost of Conifer removal is $950, but you can pay as much as $2,000 for bigger specimens.

Lilli Pilli

Lilli pilli trees are a joy to work on. Although they do grow large and dense, they generally grow in a ball shape which means is less work for the climber to access the whole tree for removal. Small to medium Lilli pilli trees will cost about $1,500 to remove, while larger fully grown ones can cost up to $2,700 for complete removal.

Silky Oak trees

Silky oaks are another tree that is fairly easy to work on. They general grow straight up with either a single or multiple trunks, and the foliage is fairly sparse. The cost to cut down and remove a silky oak tree ranges from $1,250 to $3,100. Silky Oak tree removal can be more expensive for properties with poor access.

Radiata pine

Radiata pines can be a bit of a pain to work on. They generally grow in awkward shapes which makes them time-consuming and labour intensive to climb and remove radiata pines as you need to lower them piece by piece. They also have a very thick and messy bark and litres of sticky sap. A Radiata pine will cost between $1,450 to $4,200 to complete tree removal. For this price they will also remove the stump.for

Norfolk Island pine

Norfolk Island pine trees are true monsters. They are one of the tallest growing trees in Australia and can get over 50m tall (150 feet). In many cases, a crane will be needed to remove these trees safely hence the large price tag. A small juvenile Norfolk Island pine will cost around $2,500, while the 100-year-old monsters can cost up to $12,000 for complete tree removal.

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What Factors Determine the Cost of Tree Removal?

Type of tree species

Some trees are just harder to work on than others. A Liquid amber is very easy as the branches are normally small and with little spread. A tree of the same height can have a dense canopy and this adds to it.

TreeSizeLowHigh
Eucalyptus tree15 - 40m$1,200$7,000
Liquidamber tree10 - 14m$1,400$2,500
London Plane tree9 - 20m$2,100$7,500
Jacaranda tree9 - 12m$1,300$2,400
Conifer tree9 - 15m$950$2,000
Lilli pilli9 - 15m$1,500$2,700
Silky Oak8 - 18m$1,250$3,100
Radiata pine10 - 20m$1,450$4,200
Norfolk Island pine15 - 50m$2,500$12,000

Size of tree

This is a big (or small) factor depending on the size of the tree. The larger the tree is, the more timber there is the remove, which leads to a larger removal price.

  • Small tree – Expect the pay between $250 and $950 for complete removal.
  • Medium tree – You will pay $650 to $1,500 on average.
  • Large tree – You can pay up to $6,600 for a large tree with prices starting at $1,450
  • Extra Large Tree – Extra large trees can cost right up to $20,000 to remove. But prices start at $3,400.

Health and condition of tree

A diseased tree can be a hazard to you, the homeowner, and to anyone entering your yard. Depending on the condition, it can be easier to remove due to the rotting wood being easier to cut or harder and more expensive to cut down due to the structural instability of the tree.

Emergency tree removal

Emergency tree removal is general done at odd hours and is under extremely dangerous circumstances. Thes type of removal can be very expensive depending on the tree size and hazardous situation.

Pro tip: Call the SES first. They will make the tree safe and get it off the road, driveway or car, which will give you more time to get a regular price on removal.

Multiple trees

Multiple trees or trees with multiple trunks will cost more than a single tree. The extra cost is generally not double, because the company is already on site removing one tree, but expect to pay 60-70% more for each additional tree.

Other factors

Permits – This can cost $250 to $1,000 extra, depending on the council fees and the need for an arborist certificate before you proceed.

Trunk diameter – The bigger the trunk the more the tree will cost to remove. A tall skinny palm will cost less than the thick trunk of an oak tree.

Travel time – This will vary from company to company. Try to get a local company so this isn’t a factor.

Gardener vs arborist – The prices for a tree prune from a qualified arborist (expert in urban tree management) and the local garden maintenance man are night and day.

You will require an arborist for anything over a one-story house in height, but if you have a smaller tree, then I suggest the local lawn and garden care business. It will save you money.

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Cost Calculator for Tree Lopping

Tree Lopping Cost

Note: Tree lopping is a very general term given to either removal or the pruning of a tree. In this guide, we will refer to either specifically removing the whole tree or the pruning of branches.

If you are here researching tree lopping cost, you can get all the information on the removal or you can go to our tree pruning cost guide page for trimming cost info.

Palm Removal Cost

When weighing up palm lopping prices, there are 2 things to take into consideration. One price to cut it down and another to haul it away.

Because of the cost of dumping green waste, you are best getting them to leave it on-site and put it in your green bin or council clean up.

1 x palm removal 5m high = $250 (includes tipping fees). Add $170 for each additional tree.

1 x palm removal, 8m high = $350 (including tipping fees). Add $280 for each additional tree.

Palm pruning is normally $50 – 75 per tree

Note: we have put together a palm removal cost guide for specific species based on the size of the tree also.

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Fallen Tree removal cost

These are by far the easiest jobs for an arborist. The hard part of tree removal is felling the tree. As it has already fallen on its own (and hopefully not cause too much damage), it won’t cost you nearly as much to get it cut up and taken away.

Fallen trees:

  • The 10m tree will cost $600.
  • 15 – 20m will be closer to $1,000, but again you need to consider access.

Note: Tree felling is a specialized skill and should only be trusted to an arborist.

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Dead Trees

Dead tree removal is always more expensive than a live tree. The reason being a dead tree is a lot more difficult to work with and may require special equipment such as a cherry picker or crane.

As a general rule of thumb, you can add 20% – 40% to the tree removal price listed above.

Additional Tree Services

Stump Grinding Cost

Tree Stump Cost infographic

Tree Stump removal is the easiest of all tree services to prices. It all depends on the diameter, but there are categories. Hardwood stumps and softer palm stumps. You can expect to pay $40 to $550, for softwood tree stump removal and $250 to $1,200 for hardwood tree stump removal.

SizeRegularPalm
15 - 25cm$60$40
25 - 40cm$120$90
45 - 60cm$200$150
65 - 80cm$300$210
85 - 120cm$550$320

Land Clearing Cost

Land clearing varies quite a bit depending on the number of trees, the size of the tree, and most importantly the block of the land gradient.

Obviously, a steep block is going to be a lot harder to work on than a flat block. It affects access to the machinery and the time taken to complete the tasks.

Tree Trimming/Pruning and Cutting Cost

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The average cost of tree trimming is $435 which would include trimming 15% of the foliage of an 8m tree.

The size of the tree and the number of branches you need to remove are the two biggest factors in the price of tree pruning. Obstacles such as power lines and sheds will add to the time take to prune as tree, which will also add to cost.

Please refer to our tree pruning cost guide for more information on specific pruning costs or see below for summaries.

How much does it cost for emergency tree removal?

The biggest spike in calls for emergency tree removal comes after a storm has hit. Removal becomes a lot more expensive when dealing with emergency tree removal. As a general rule of thumb, you can expect to pay double for emergency tree removal.

FAQ's

Insurance will cover the cost of a fallen tree but not a live healthy one. Generally, you have a better chance of getting an insurance company to come to the part of the tree that has damaged something.

Most tree services will not commit to a price over the phone. The reason is that all trees are different. They are hard to describe over the phone or with an image and give an accurate price. Most local tree removal services will insist on coming out to view the job before committing to a price.

In most cases, the answer is no. There are some palm trees that are highly desirable and landscaping companies will come and remove your tree for free as they know they can sell it to other customers, but for 99% of trees, you will need to pay for removal.

You will need to check the tree removal laws for your local council. If the tree is considered significant and is not exempt from the rules, you will need to apply for a permit first.

Normally dead or dangerous trees can be removed without a permit, but anything larger than 5m high will need approval first.

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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.