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What is the cost of driveway and path installation?

Last updated: 22nd May 2019

On average, the cost of building driveways and paths is $65/m2. However, the price can range from around $50/m2 to $85/m2 as things like the type of material and the design greatly affect the overall cost of the job.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Driveways and Paths Specialists on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.
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Brett paid $7,000 for professional concreters to install a driveway and a side path at his home in Queensland. The driveway was finished with exposed aggregate while the path was completed using Covercrete. The job also included garden edging and a slab for a letter box.

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How do businesses come up with a quote for driveways and paths?

You should always expect businesses to give you varying quotes. This is because they consider different factors when they compute for the price that they’ll charge. Here are some of the things that they take into account:

Naturally, a driveway or a pathway that’s intricately designed costs more than a simple one. This means you should prepare a bigger budget for a driveway or path that’s anything but straight and level.

There are various materials you can use for the job. Some examples are plain concrete, exposed aggregate concrete, polished concrete, bricks, and pavers. Among these options, bricks and pavers are typically the most expensive.

The wider and longer the driveway or pathway is, the costlier its construction will be. A bigger job always entails getting more materials and manpower. It will also affect the time it will take to finish the project.

If it’s new construction work, businesses will need to properly plan and set the foundation. They also need to consider other things such as protecting drainage pipes underneath. If it’s a replacement job, expect to pay extra costs to remove your old one.

Cost of driveways and paths

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Is the cost of driveways and paths the same in all states?

Residents of Western Australia can expect low prices as the average cost of building a driveway or a path in this state is $55/m2 — the most affordable in the country. Meanwhile, businesses in Queensland and Victoria charge the same price for this service, which is $60/m2.

The cost of driveways and paths in New South Wales averages at $95/m2. This is the highest price for this service across the country.

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Pricing information correct as at August 2016.

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