FAQs

About Austral Clotheslines

Why should I buy an Austral clothesline rather than another brand?
Austral’s clotheslines offers more line space for greater drying flexibility and are manufactured right here in Australia, built to withstand and last in our harsh climate.
What percentage of Austral’s clotheslines are Australian made?
100% of Austral’s clotheslines and accessories are Australian made in our own factory using all Australian labour. All Galvabond® steel, galvanized wire, PVC cord and plastics are manufactured in Australia, to Austral’s own specifications to ensure stability and durability.  Austral Clotheslines are 100% Australian Made and Owned.
Do Austral products carry a warranty?
Yes. Austral Clothes Lines offers a 20 year structural guarantee. Austral guarantees the tubular frame against breakage caused from rust and distortion on all Galvabond® products given fair wear and tear. All Austral’s clotheslines are manufactured using Galvabond® steel to ensure long term protection from the elements.

Product Questions

Can Austral’s folding frames be shortened?
Yes, all our fold down clotheslines have tubular steel front bars which may be easily reduced in length with a hack saw or angle grinder. The front spacers are cut prior to inserting into the pre-assembled side arms during installation.  There is no restriction on how much the front spacers can be shortened.
Can I fully extend my sheets without folding or gathering them to fit?
Yes you can. Many of our fold down clotheslines are 2400mm long – long enough to fit a Queen sized sheet. The 3300mm long fold down clothesline will accommodate a King sized sheet.

The Fold Away 45 Rotary Clothesline will accommodate Queen sized sheets on the external lines; and King sized sheets on our Fold Away 51 Rotary Clothesline. Our Retractable 40 Clothesline will extend up to 8m in length if space permits.

At what height should I install my clothes line?
We recommends installing a fold down clotheslines with the wall bracket’s top bolts approximately 50mm above the user’s head height. Consideration may need to be given to taller family/friends if they help hang the washing out, or if the fold down wall mount is installed in a walkway.
I don’t want a clothesline in my back yard. Can I put one down the side of the house?
Yes. Our Slenderline range, at only 60cm deep, are perfect for long narrow spaces.  The Slenderline 16 and Slenderline 20 may be installed as wall mounted or free-standing lines.

Installation Questions

I have a cement path down the side of my home and not enough wall space to wall mount a fold down clothesline. Is there an alternative?
Yes. Austral manufactures plated ground mount kits (for fold down clotheslines) and plated Retract Away posts (for retractable clotheslines). The plated post kits are pre-drilled and powdercoated for direct fixing onto a deck, cement slab/path or tiled floors etc. Alternatively, one could core drill a hole, into which, you would cement the upright post(s).
Can I install a clothesline on my garage/shed wall?
Yes, as long as there is sufficient structural support on the intended wall, a clothesline can be installed directly on the wall. A ground mount kit may need to be installed close near the garage/shed if there is insufficient structural support.
Can I install a clothesline directly onto a fence?
Please check with your local Council or Strata Corporation. If there are any regulations governing the installation directly onto a fence in your suburb. A Colourbond fence is not suitable for direct fixing.  Alternatively, install a ground mount kit as close as possible to the fence to ensure adequate support for your clothesline.
Can I install a clothesline on a blue sheet wall?
Yes, as long as there is sufficient structural support available. If you are building, about to renovate, or at planning stage, speak to your Builder to ensure adequate structural support will be available for your choice of clothesline.
I want a second clothesline for wet weather drying. What options do I have?

The Austral RetractAway Retractable clothesline is suitable for use in carports, garages and verandahs and will lock in at a minimum length of 2m.

Our fold down clotheslines range in depth (front to back) from 60cm – 94cm – 150cm. Austral Clotheslines have more line space than other fold downs and offer greater flexibility for winter drying. They are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

During winter a Fold Away Rotary clothesline can be relocated under cover using a second ground socket for wet weather drying. Remember that line drying your clothes for even a few hours will save power and energy – even if you do finish them off in the electric dryer!

Clothesline Options

I love my rotary clothesline but I’m worried about down sizing to a fold down. How does line space compare?
Fold down clotheslines do hold less washing than the traditional rotary but Austral’s fold downs have more line space than other brands. Austral’s Add-A-Line Fold Down clothesline holds a massive 35.7 metres of line space – that’s approximately ¾ the line space of a rotary clothesline! Even the standard and compact fold downs hold 28.5m. If you do a lot of washing at once – for example on your one day off – consider installing 2 x fold downs side by side. The line space would be equivalent to the largest rotaries.

Our RetractAway retractable clothes lines will also offer a large amount of line space in restricted spaces.  A great option for courtyards or balconies.

Are the Fold Down lines easy to operate?
The Austral Fold Downs clotheslines have a one-handed operation to raise or lower the frame. Pull up with one hand on the centre front bar until the line locks into position. Push up firmly to release the catch and allow the line to fold down.
Why is the recommended area greater than the clothes line size?
You should allow approximately 25-30cm extra depth for operating ease.  Allow up to 1m clearance around the exterior of a rotary clothesline.  This will allow sheets, blankets etc. to blow in the wind without brushing against shrubbery or fences.
Are spare parts readily available?
Austral Clotheslines are manufactured in Australia so spare parts are readily available for all models. Replacing spare parts rather the product, reduces your carbon footprint further.  Browse our range of popular clothesline spare parts. Contact us if you can’t find what you need – we’re here to help.

Being Green

Why should I use an outdoor clothes line rather than my electric clothes dryer?

The obvious answer is duty to your environment. Not only do you reduce your carbon foot print by line drying your clothes but you will also have much smaller power bills. Your clothes will last longer.  Did you know the lint removed from your clothes drier is really clothing fibres!  And clothes smell so much fresher when line dried.

We realise it isn’t always practical to dry outdoors all year around.  You could consider a second undercover clothes line, or line drying wet clothes for as long as possible before finishing damp clothes in an electric dryer.

Austral’s Clotheslines use free solar and wind energy to dry your clothes. Our clothes lines are virtually maintenance free and will continue to save you money for many years.


OZ Clotheslines and Letterboxes

We sell a range of Austral clotheslines and letterboxes designed to compliment your home, strata unit, community village, commercial or business premise. Our products are manufactured here in Australia, using Australian labour, and built to withstand our harsh climate and way of life.

Our extensive range of fold down, retractable, wall mounted, fold away rotary and fixed rotary clotheslines, are built with Galvabond® steel, galvanized wire, PVC cord and plastics, to Austral’s strict specifications, to ensure stability and durability. All products come with a 20 year structural warranty.

Similarly. our Australian made letterboxes are built for reliability and to withstand outdoor conditions. Our residential mailboxes compliment any Australian home. Our stylish and practical business mailboxes and strata letterboxes can be used singularly or fit together to form multi-mailbox banks.

If you have any questions about our range, or what product(s) best suit your specific requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact us direct.

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