Because Australia has such a diverse range of soil types and climates, what works well in a Cairns backyard may not work well in a Melbourne backyard. Then there are personality differences to consider. You might be a family who needs a space for their kids and pets to play, you might be the type of person who will gladly spend hours trimming their front lawn with hand scissors only to make the neighbours envious. No matter what type of grass you're after, there will be one that suits you. 

Here are the most common lawn grass varieties in Australia:

Buffalo Grass

You may recall the ever-present buffalo grass lawn from your childhood. Many schoolyards and family homes had its wide, prickly leaves. Since then new, soft buffalo breeds have happily been made to be less scratchy and irritable.

Buffalo prefers hot temperatures and is best suited to Australia’s hotter regions; it can survive heavy traffic and doesn’t mind a little shade.

If you live in a hotter part of Australia, want something low-maintenance, and expect a lot of people or animals to stroll across your lawn, choose buffalo grass.

Buffalo Grass Types: 


Couch Grass

Couch is a fine-leaved grass that has long been a favourite choice for Australian yards. It’s a nice, soft lawn that can be used as a play surface for children or as a living surface for dogs.

It isn’t difficult by any means to care for couch, but it does require time. With a couch grass, you get what you put in, and if your yard is sunny, you dethatch, mow, and fertilise it, you’ll have a beautiful lawn. If you don’t, it will become spotty and straggly, invading areas you don’t want it to.

If you’re searching for a functional family lawn and have the time and inclination to put in some effort to keep it in good shape, couch grass is the way to go.

Couch Grass Types: 


Zoysia Grass 

As a lawn variety, Zoysia is grossly underappreciated. It is one of the most low-maintenance grasses accessible, as it will grow in almost any soil, tolerates heat, and requires little fertilisation or mowing. It can withstand a reasonable amount of traffic, although it takes longer to recover from injury than other grasses.

Zoysia is a lifesaver for people of northern Australia, especially those who live in hotter climates. Many other plants can’t stand the heat and humidity of the tropics and subtropics like Brisbane, but zoysia thrives in it. 

 Zoysia Grass Types: 

Native Zoysia Grass: 

Australia’s first native lawn variety that holds-up under the toughest of climates and is well-suited to all areas across the country. It is a low maintenance lawn that requires less mowing, edging and fertilising compared to other varieties such as Buffalo and Couch. Nara Zoysia’s deep-rooted characteristics offers outstanding drought tolerance and water efficiency as well as a high wear tolerance in both full sun and semi-shade. Its deep roots also mean it is perfect for erosion control and for laying on sloping sites.


Hybrid Bermudagrass

TifTuf Turf is a Hybrid Bermudagrass renowned for its exceptional wear and drought tolerance. When it comes to water efficiency, TifTuf stands out as one of the most resilient grasses once established. Its fine-textured blades exhibit a bright green color, surpassing other Bermuda grass varieties. While moderately shade-tolerant, it thrives best in sunny areas.

IronCutter offers a modern twist on traditional Bermuda grass. Its durability and wear tolerance make it an excellent choice for areas with heavy foot traffic, such as parks, sports fields, and home gardens. The deep green color of IronCutter enhances landscape aesthetics, while its low maintenance requirements mean less frequent dethatching compared to traditional Bermuda grass. IronCutter thrives in various Australian climates, displaying high drought and cold tolerance while being soft to touch, this grass is perfect for families with children and pets.