6 Tropical Outdoor Living Ideas for Summer Entertaining

Island Thatch at the Brisbane Home Show 2024

Key takeaways

  • Bali huts look great and are extremely practical, serving as a focal point in outdoor spaces.
  • Thatched roofs offer excellent insulation, keeping areas cool and adding a rustic charm.
  • Thatch roof gazebo kits are easy to assemble and versatile for dining or relaxing.
  • Bali umbrella kits add shade and tropical elegance to poolside areas.
  • Bamboo fencing is durable, eco-friendly, and blends naturally with outdoor features.
  • PVC fencing combines modern design with low maintenance.

Summer is the perfect time to make the most of your outdoor space. Imagine hosting gatherings with friends and family in a beautifully designed tropical setting. With the right touches, you can turn your backyard into a welcoming retreat. 

In this article, we’ll explore six fantastic outdoor living ideas to create an inviting space perfect for summer entertaining. From Bali huts to bamboo fencing, get ready to discover how you can create your very own tropical paradise at home.

1. Bali huts: Attractive and practical

Bali huts bring a touch of the exotic to your backyard. They are the perfect focal point for any outdoor living room, offering a unique blend of aesthetic charm and practical use. 

Bali huts provide an authentic tropical feel, whether you’re creating a shaded retreat for relaxation or a stylish dining area for entertaining.

Excellent for shade

Bali huts offer a shaded area that can transform any backyard space into a cool and inviting outdoor living area. Providing a charming outdoor space that blends seamlessly with your garden surroundings, a Bali hut is a versatile addition to your outdoor area. 

Easy to install and maintain

Easy to install and maintain, Bali huts are a favourite among homeowners looking to upgrade their outdoor living spaces with minimal effort. 

Designed to withstand various weather conditions, they remain a beautiful and functional part of your outdoor space year-round. Adding outdoor rugs and throw pillows can change up the space for the cooler months. Nice!

Good looking, naturally

Made from natural materials that blend seamlessly with any garden, a Bali hut creates a visually appealing outdoor space and provides shade and a stylish focal point of your backyard. 

Add hanging baskets and tall planters to dress it up, creating a stunning outdoor living room.

Bali huts aren’t just about looks; they’re functional too, providing ample shade on hot summer days and making outdoor entertaining more comfortable. Extra seating or a dining table under the hut can create a comfortable spot for meals and gatherings. 

Bali Hut Sunshine Coast Pool Area

2. Thatched Roofs: An authentic and charming touch

Made from natural materials, thatched roofs offer a rustic, tropical vibe that instantly enhances the look and feel of your backyard.

Natural insulated

A thatched roof looks great, and also provides excellent insulation, keeping your outdoor area cool during hot summer days. 


Thatched roofs are durable and eco-friendly, making them a sustainable choice for homeowners. They blend beautifully with the natural surroundings, adding to the overall aesthetic of your outdoor living spaces.

A unique garden space

If you’re covering a gazebo, a patio, or a Bali hut, thatched roofs add a unique, tropical character to your outdoor living space. 

Creating a perfect spot for relaxation or entertaining, a thatched roof works well in various settings, from a covered porch to an open-air pergola.

Thatched roofs are a nod to traditional craftsmanship. Their thick layers create a natural barrier against the sun, providing plentiful shade and reducing the temperature during peak summer heat. 

Thatch can withstand all types of weather conditions, too.

A Bali Hut by a pool a great outdoor living idea

3. Thatch roof gazebo kits: Your instant outdoor room

Thatch roof gazebo kits offer an effortless way to create a charming outdoor room. Providing a quick solution for enhancing your backyard, these kits are designed for easy assembly,.

Creates a cool outdoor area

With their natural thatched roofs, they bring a tropical flair that transforms any space into an inviting retreat. These gazebos provide plenty of shade and shelter, making them perfect for creating a cool outdoor seating area.

You can dress them up

These gazebos can be used for dining, relaxing, or entertaining guests. They are also perfect for setting up an outdoor lounge area, complete with comfortable outdoor furniture, outdoor rugs, and throw pillows to create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. 

Adding string lights and bright colours can enhance the ambience, making your gazebo a focal point in your backyard.

These kits are designed for easy assembly, allowing you to quickly and easily enhance your outdoor living space. Their natural thatched roofs provide shade and a touch of tropical elegance, making them a perfect addition to any backyard.

4. Bali umbrella kits: The perfect poolside companion

Bali umbrella kits are an excellent addition to any poolside or lounging area, providing much-needed shade and a touch of tropical elegance to your outdoor space.

Easy to set up and move

A bali umbrella can be easily positioned wherever you need it most, providing shade and comfort by the pool, or anywhere else! 

Natural, tropical vibes

The natural materials used in these umbrellas create a beautiful, relaxed atmosphere, their edges swishing in the breeze and adding a unique charm to your outdoor living space.

Built tough for Aussie conditions

Manufactured with durability in mind, our umbrellas are built to last, providing shade and elegance for years to come. 

Pair them with stylish outdoor furniture, coffee tables, and outdoor rugs to create a complete outdoor lounge area. 

5. Durable, stylish bamboo fencing

Known for its durability and natural beauty, bamboo fencing creates a private, serene atmosphere in your backyard, and is an excellent way to add a touch of the tropics.

Eco-friendly choice

Bamboo is eco-friendly, as it is a highly renewable resource and a sustainable and responsible choice for homeowners.

Flexible for any application

If you’re enclosing a garden, lining a pathway, or creating a decorative backdrop, bamboo fencing adds a stylish and practical element to your outdoor living area.  It can also be used to create privacy, define boundaries, or simply add a touch of natural beauty to your outdoor room.

Bamboo’s natural look blends seamlessly with plants and other outdoor features, too.

Easy to maintain

Complementing the greenery and natural elements in your backyard, Bamboo fencing offers a great looking outdoor space. 

Bamboo fencing is durable and easy to maintain. Regular cleaning with mild, soapy water can keep it looking fresh and vibrant. 

Bamboo Fencing

6. PVC fencing: Modern meets tropical

Our PVC fencing combines the sleek look of modern design with a fresh tropical style. It’s an ideal choice for homeowners seeking a low-maintenance and stylish fencing option.

Weather resistant

PVC is extremely durable and weather resistant, making it perfect for Australian conditions. and unlike traditional wooden fences, PVC doesn’t require regular painting or sealing.

Minimal maintenance

An easy and convenient option for your outdoor living space,  a quick rinse with a garden hose is usually enough to keep PVC fencing clean.


Customisable to match your style

PVC fencing is available in plenty of style and colour options to match your outdoor space, providing privacy but also adds a polished, contemporary touch to your tropical garden. 

You can choose from various styles and colours to create a modern feel that complements your overall design.

PVC fencing is perfect for creating a stylish and functional outdoor room. Whether you’re looking to define a seating area, create privacy, or simply enhance the overall look of your backyard, PVC fencing offers a versatile and durable solution. 

Its modern design and low maintenance make it a popular choice for homeowners looking to enhance their outdoor living spaces.

PVC Fencing Sunshine Coast home

How to maintain your tropical outdoor living space

Keeping your tropical outdoor living space in top-notch condition requires some simple, regular maintenance.

Thatch roof care

Inspect your thatched roof by brushing off the debris and checking for any loose or damaged sections. 

Regular inspections and maintenance will ensure your thatched roof remains in good condition and continues to provide shade and insulation.

Bamboo fencing maintenance

A periodic wash with mild soapy water will help maintain the look and durability of bamboo fencing

This simple maintenance routine will keep your bamboo fencing looking fresh and vibrant, ensuring it remains a beautiful and functional part of your outdoor living space.

PVC fencing cleaning

If you have PVC fencing, a quick rinse with a garden hose will usually suffice to keep it looking fresh. PVC fencing requires minimal maintenance, making it an easy and convenient option for your outdoor space.

Regularly inspect and clean your Bali huts and gazebos to ensure they remain sturdy.By dedicating a little time to these tasks, you can enjoy a beautiful and functional tropical outdoor living space all year round.

FAQ section

Bali huts offer shade, enhance aesthetic appeal, and provide a cool, relaxing spot for dining or lounging.

To prolong its life, regularly brush off debris, check for loose sections, and ensure proper ventilation.

The kits are designed for easy assembly, making them a convenient option for DIY enthusiasts.

Bali umbrella kits are made from robust materials that withstand harsh weather conditions while providing shade and elegance.

Bamboo fencing is highly sustainable, as it is a fast-growing, renewable resource. Thus, it is an eco-friendly choice for your outdoor space.

PVC fencing requires minimal maintenance; a simple rinse with a garden hose is usually sufficient to keep it clean and fresh.

Benefits table



Bali huts

Provides shade, enhances aesthetics, creates a relaxing spot

Thatched roofs

Excellent insulation, rustic charm, eco-friendly

Thatch roof gazebo kits

Easy assembly, versatile use, stylish and functional

Bali umbrella kits

Provides shade, is portable, adds tropical elegance

Bamboo fencing

Durable, eco-friendly, blends with nature

PVC fencing

Low maintenance, weather-resistant, modern design

At Island Thatch, we believe that creating an inviting outdoor space should be easy and affordable. Our gazebo kits, bamboo fencing, and umbrella kits are perfect for transforming any outdoor area into a serene retreat.

How to guide

How to create a tropical outdoor living space

  1. Choose a focal point: Start with a Bali hut or a thatch roof gazebo to serve as the centrepiece of your outdoor space.
  2. Add shade: Install Bali umbrella kits around your pool or lounging area for additional shade and a touch of tropical elegance.
  3. Define boundaries: Use bamboo fencing to create private, serene areas within your garden.
  4. Modern touch: Incorporate PVC fencing for a sleek, modern look that requires minimal upkeep.
  5. Regular maintenance: Keep your tropical paradise in top condition by regularly cleaning and maintaining structures and materials.
  6. Personal touches: Add tropical plants, water features, and comfortable furniture to complete the look and feel of your tropical outdoor living space.

Make your dream tropical outdoor living space a reality with Island Thatch

Creating a tropical outdoor living space is all about bringing a piece of paradise into your backyard. Island Thatch makes it easy to achieve this look with products like Bali huts, thatched roofs, and bamboo fencing.

Their range of quality materials and easy-to-install kits allow you to design a stunning, functional outdoor area perfect for entertaining and relaxation.

Island Thatch will help you create a beautiful, inviting space that you’ll enjoy all summer long.

Ready to Transform Your Outdoor Space?

Imagine your backyard as a tropical paradise where you can relax, entertain, and enjoy the summer sun. With Island Thatch’s range of high-quality products, from Bali huts to bamboo fencing, creating an oasis is easier than ever. Our easy-to-install kits and durable materials will ensure your outdoor space is both beautiful and functional. 

Don’t wait to make your dream outdoor living space a reality.