Abradedface Gardenstone® Wall Blocks were developed from larger Norfolk Wall blocks for smaller residential projects where ease of construction and cost are more important. To make them lighter and easier to handle Gardenstone™ blocks are nearly 60% smaller than the Norfolk and hollow except for the capping blocks which are solid.
The smaller size of the Abradedface Gardenstone™ blocks makes them ideal for lower retaining walls, garden edging and tighter curves.
Explorer Concrete Sleepers are crafted to blend in to any project whether it be commercial or residential. They come with internal reinforcing so they’re solid, strong, and dependable. All Explorer Reinforced Concrete are 200mm high and 75mm thick . Available in a variety of lengths, and a range of finishes, they’re adaptable to almost any project. The Explorer range offers matching galvanised post system which makes design and installation easy, just draw out, select your sleepers, it’s that easy!
Modernstone® is a flagship segmental retaining wall system manufactured by National Masonry. Long and sleek with a sharp, picture-framed, split face finish, the contemporary appeal of Modernstone® complements cutting edge architectural designs through to classical gardens. Carefully selected pigments, sands and aggregates are crucial to enhance the strength and appearance of this extremely adaptable system which includes formal caps and 90 degree corner blocks.
⇒ Genuine split face with premium exposed aggregate flush face finish with bevelled surrounds
⇒ Unique universal corner block enables 90 degree corners without any fuss
⇒ Can be used for straight and curved walls
⇒ Near vertical installation for maximum land utilisation
⇒ Purpose made cap with genuine split face for premium finish
⇒ Suitable for walls up to 2 metres high* (walls over 1 metre require specific engineering & certification)
⇒ Bayferrox® colour pigments provide long lasting finish
⇒ Manufactured locally by National Masonry® to strict Australian Standards
The Norfolk™ Retaining Wall Block System is a Stepped (17°) Interlocking Wall System with a ‘rock face’ textured finish and a natural palette of colours to blend into any landscape setting.
Developed to provide an attractive cost effective retaining wall of up to 900mm (subject to local council requirements) without reinforcement or engineers certification. Norfolk™ Blocks can be built straight, curved or terraced to fit the contours of an embankment. Each Block is made of high strength, low absorption, maintenance free concrete.
The Tasman™ retaining wall system is the premium retaining wall product for near vertical and very high retaining walls. Its natural rock face finish and colours, and purpose made corner and capping units ensure a beautifully finished landscape solution.
⇒ Near Vertical Walls
⇒ Do it Yourself
⇒ No Concrete Footings Required
⇒ Wide range of natural colours
⇒ 90° Corners, Steps, Straight or Curved Walls
⇒ Walls to 660mm high without reinforcement or engineering
(subject to local council requirements)
The Tasman™ retaining wall system incorporates purpose made corner and capping units to achieve a classical sandstone retaining wall appearance.
The unique design of the Tasman allows increased flexibility over other retaining wall systems in the way it allows near vertical walls to curve or have 90* corners. The blocks are easily dry-stacked and their patented design ensures that the block below locks into the block above with a minimal 10mm setback to form an attractive structural retaining wall. The capping
Sydneystone blocks are available in standard split face finish with chamfered edges at the top and both sides. Whether you’re building a straight or curved wall, Sydneystone offers a great solution for a clean and contemporary dry stacked retaining wall.
Arrinastone Retaining Wall Blocks are light weight providing an easy way to create a practical outdoor space to your garden. The clean sharp lines provide a contemporary finish that will be the envy of the street. Available in 5 colours , maximum build height of 600mm (4 rows) and is great for Straight walls, corners & steps.
*Colour samples online are indicative only, you should always sight product samples to be certain as natural variations in aggregates may vary the colour.
Wallstone® 3 is a large faced retaining wall and garden edging block with a modern split faced texture. Available in a selection of quality colours, this is the perfect solution to your backyard projects.
Versawall® blocks have a large natural split face texture. A unique, patented interlocking system means Versawall® blocks stack together very quickly and easily, making them perfect for all residential retaining walls as well as commercial walls and concrete block walls in subdivisions.
⇒ Large block face results in a modern look
⇒ Tongue and groove joints on the end of each block for easy installation
⇒ Split face texture provides natural rock look
⇒ Vertical retaining walls
⇒ Commercial retaining walls
⇒ Residential walls and garden steps
⇒ Commercial walls and landscaped areas
⇒ Build unreinforced walls to 800mm or 1400mm with No Fines Concrete
⇒* Fire Pits – When blocks are min 500mm from flame or a steel insert is used.
When it comes to retaining walls, there is a variety of options. Retaining walls can be used for different applications in landscaping, providing an array of options when it comes to the type of retaining walls.
There are three common types of retaining walls:
Gravity retaining walls (also known as dry stacked blocks)
Sleeper retaining walls
Cantilever retaining walls
The materials used for these can include:
Building a retaining wall
When building a retaining wall, we recommend hiring a professional. This will ensure you get the best results possible. Be sure to visit our showroom to view our extensive range of concrete blocks and sleepers.
If you want to build your retaining wall yourself, you must prepare the site well.
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Are you looking to build a retaining wall made of blocks? Below is a quick tutorial on how to do this yourself at home.
Please note this is for a simple retaining wall up to 0.8m in height from natural ground level. Feel free to also use manufacturer recommended installation guidelines where available. For advice on more extensive projects, please call our friendly team on (02) 9791 1595.
Level the ground by measuring and layout out the position of the retaining wall. Remove soil as needed (this may require excavation) and create a narrow trench for the bottom of the blocks to sit. You will want to keep some space between the back retaining wall and the earth behind it.
Lay the base of the wall by applying a porous base – this can be sand or gravel. Spread 2 inches where the base will be laid and even it out. This will promote drainage.
Set the first few blocks into the base, pressing down firmly. Check the first block is level in all directions by using a level. Continue with the adjoining blocks, checking with a level to maintain the row at an even level.
Lay the second row in a running bond brickwork pattern. This will increase the durability and strength of the finished product. You will need to cut and fit the blocks at the end. Most of our products come with corner pieces for a neater finish.
Check the space behind the wall once built. If there is a large set back during the construction, you may require soil to be inserted to minimise the gap. If the gap has been maintained, fill this with a porous backfill such as sand or gravel.
Evenly insert the backfill and rake and shift in small amounts to ensure no space is left. Once done, you can add topsoil and plant turf or plants if required.
Retaining wall options
Outdoor & General proudly offers a wide range of masonry retaining wall blocks products. Our products are built to Australian standards, guaranteeing to suit your needs. We sell a variety of makes, types, sizes, textures and colours.
Our product range includes:
Our range of products are generally built to 800mm in height without reinforcement. For extra strength, concrete building blocks i.e., Besser Blocks can be built as retaining walls and structural walls.
While AS4678 is a national retaining wall design standard for walls over 800mm, it’s important to note that local and state government requirements vary around Australian in terms of what’s allowed to be built without reinforcing.
Whether you want an elegant, casual, or professionally landscaped outdoor environment, you will find what you need with Outdoor and General.
What is the purpose of a retaining wall
Built to help combat sloped ground, retaining walls hold back earth and stop erosion. It is also used to create a flat space by interrupting the slope. Landscapers and property owners often use it to give an area purpose when the ground is not levelled initially.
There are many types of retaining walls that can be built. The selected wall will depend on the application and environment of your wall.
How to build a retaining wall
For best results, hire a professional to install your retaining wall. This will ensure it has been built correctly.
If you are keen to build your retaining wall, please see our DIY instructions on building a small retaining wall made of blocks.
How to prepare for a retaining wall?
Before constructing your retaining wall, you must ensure the area has been prepped. This includes removing the soil where you want to build your wall.
What retaining wall materials can be used?
There is a wide selection of retaining wall blocks and sleepers that can be used. To view our range, visit our retaining wall page. If you need a specific item not available online, feel free to reach out.
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