Creating a vibrant, lively backyard is one of the simplest ways to transform your home. Not only will it add value to your property, but will provide a relaxing place for you to escape the day-to-day grind.

Sometimes a change really is just as good as a holiday, and this should start with your very own backyard. Here are some great garden design ideas to help you turn your land into something truly special.

1. Welcome birds into your backyard

Australia is home to some of the world’s most beautiful – and friendly – native birds. It’s relatively easy to encourage these lovable larrikins to spend time in your garden, and in return, they’ll bring love and laughter into your home.

Birdbaths and bird feeders are simple and cost-effective ways to welcome kookaburras and cockatoos into your garden. By combining these with some native plants, such as banksias, you’ll create a fun and lively open space full of colour and movement.

2. Add some creative garden ornaments

Ornaments can help add a quirky, personal touch to your garden that compliments plants and flowers – and we’re not just talking about putting a few gnomes here and there. From waterfalls to wooden carvings, there are so many options to add an exotic touch to your backyard.

It’s a good idea to come up with a theme to base your garden ornaments around, as this will ensure your outdoor area is a cohesive space. Some popular back or front garden ideas include Balinese-inspired gardens, or creating something rustic and homely.

Let your imagination run wild, and create a magical world in your own backyard with the aid of a few carefully-placed garden ornaments.

3. Put a path

Every day can be the start of a new journey when you add a path to your garden. Even if it’s just a few metres long and simply ambles through your garden, it will encourage you and your guests to enjoy and explore your garden. This works especially well if your backyard features larger, more mature trees and bushes, as a winding path can make your space seem much bigger.

Choose a base for your path that matches the rest of your garden – pavers, pebbles, whatever – and then add a few features for interest. You could even pop in a bench along the way so you can have a well-earned rest during the arduous trek around your property.

And for a larger home garden, a path can even make for a nice afternoon stroll.

4. Make space for the magic

With so many large or small garden ideas, it can be easy to overcomplicate things and end up with something that looks cluttered and uninviting. The solution is to step back, take a deep breath, and realise that less can often mean more.

Choose a couple of major features for your garden, and give them the space to truly shine. You might want to move your larger trees or shrubs to the perimeter of your backyard, opening up the centre for more usable space. Whatever you choose, make sure your garden is accessible and relaxing.

5. Garden gazebos-a-go-go

Our final suggestion requires the most investment but also has the greatest potential to transform your garden into a destination.

A gazebo can provide what essentially amounts to an entire room placed within your garden, enticing you and your guests to spend even more time outdoors. The styles of gazebos are almost endless, and these structures can be the perfect place to relax with a good book, have an afternoon drink in the golden sunlight, or enjoy a romantic dinner.

You can even put a bed out there and use the gazebo as a retreat, allowing you to escape to your own exclusive resort – all without leaving your backyard.