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Ultimate Guide to the Best Tents Australia 2020

The best tents Australia. Choosing the best camping tent is made easier by our ultimate camping tent guide.

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Camping is such a fun way to spend time with family and friends. Finding the best tents Australia has to offer must be at the top of your list of things to do when searching for the best camping gear for your next Australian camping trip. Buying tents can be confusing as there is such a range of camping tents available.

We have bought different tents over the years and one in particular was not worth the money we paid! I must say that was due to not researching the best camping tents that were available to buy. I didn’t make that mistake again and spent many hours researching to make sure we spent our hard earned money on the best camping tent.

This guide goes in to depth about what will be the best tent for you to buy. Every camper has different needs when it comes tents. You may be searching for the best family tent or love to go hiking in the bush so need the best hiking tent. I compare different tents and include a range of camping tent reviews. Let us help you find the best Australian tents to buy for your next camping adventure.

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In the following comparison chart we show the difference between the best Aussie tents for camping.

Comparison of the Best Tents for Camping

TENT NAMEPICTURESLEEPSSTYLESRATINGBUY
Coleman Silver Series6 personInstant4.9PRICE
Browning Big Horn8 personFamily4.8PRICE
Coleman Sundome4 personDome4.6PRICE
Naturehike Star River2 personHiking4.7PRICE
Alps Mountaineering1 personHiking4.7PRICE
Core Cabin9 personInstant4.8PRICE
Kulkyne Swag1 personSwag4.5PRICE
Teton Sports Mesa8 personCanvas4.4PRICE
North Face Talus3 personDome4.8PRICE
Vango Ringstead4 personAir tent4.6PRICE

Best Tents Australia Review Guide

If you don’t have time to read the rest of our guide we have picked our top 5 tents that you must check out and reviews are coming on each of these tents.

  1. Browning Big Horn 8 person tent
  2. Coleman Instant Up Tent 6 person tent
  3. Coleman Sundome 4 person tent
  4. Naturehike Star River 2 person tent
  5. Alps Mountaineering Tent 1 person

Different Styles of Tents

When I bought my first tent in the 90’s there wasn’t many different types of tents available. Now there seems to be something to suit every type of camper. Not all will be suited to your camping needs, each different type has its positive and negative aspects. Let’s take a look at each different type of camping tent.

Dome tents

One of the most popular style of tents, dome tents have been around for years! One of the best tents for kids, as the height of the roof is often not that tall to fit adults easily. 2 poles cross over and connect to the ground to make a dome tent. A smaller 2 person dome tent is quite easy to put together but as dome tent gets larger in size, it requires a few people to put it together. The wife and I have had many heated discussions putting dome tents together!

Pop Up Tents

A very popular choice and so they should be. Makes putting up a camping tent much easier and thank goodness for technologies to make this easier! A pop up tent can also be known as an instant tent. Not sure I quite agree with the instant part but they can be quite quick to put up. The poles in instant tents come attached to the material with easy instructions to sent them up. Instant up tents come in different shapes including dome tents and cabin tent shapes.

Hiking Tents

The best hiking tents are lightweight and easy to carry. They can also be known as backpacking tents, as they are perfect to not only hike with but to also travel around with them on a bus or train. Most ultralight tents are built to only sleep 1 or 2 people, usually each hiker or backpacker carries their own hiking tent.

A Frame Tents

My first tent as a boy was an A fram tent! These simple tents have been around for years and are otherwise known as ridge tents. The A frame tent/ridge tent gets its name from the design of the tent which sees the cross pole, called a ridge, stretching across the length of the tent and this in turn holds up the tent roof.

Cabin Tents

Another popular choice for family camping tents is a cabin tent design. These large tents utilise poles and the cabin tents are designed so that they have tall vertical walls. This makes it perfect for taller people to be able to stand up in the tent but they can be tricky to put up. Allow yourself at least 1 hour for big cabin tents!

Camping Swag Tents

I have owned many a swag tent over the years including a double swag and single swags. I even bought my daughter a kids swag for her birthday, they are extra handy for sleep overs as well as camping. It’s an extra cute pink swag! Swags consist of a canvas covering, foam mattress and your bedding can be all rolled up together. Some are very basic with no poles and others are more elaborate. They are designed to sleep one or two people and the larger swags can be tricky to carry for smaller people.

Bell Tents

Bell tents are considered to be a more luxurious option in Australia and often used for ‘glamping’. They are large one room tents made from a strong canvas material. They are not as common in Australia and do take considerably time and effort to erect. Not suited to severe weather conditions.

Inflatable Tents

If dealing with poles when erecting a tent bugs you, inflatable tents could be a good choice. A newer type of tent, inflatable tents are also known as an air tent or blow up tent. They are easy to put up as you don’t need to worry about poles but they do require an air pump.

Sleeping Capacity

Choosing the correct size tent is important when buying your next camping tent. If the tent is not big enough and you have too many people for the tent capacity it can make it very uncomfortable to sleep. Don’t be fooled by the sleeping capacity that is listed for each tent. If it says 4 person tent this means 4 people can lay on the floor of the tent. It doesn’t take into account bags of clothes or other things that you may want stored in the tent.

Material Type

The majority of tents are made from man-made fabrics including polyester and nylon. Polyester tends to be used to make larger tents where as nylon is used for ultralight tents. These fabrics are cheaper, lighter and quick to dry out. On the downside, the material is not breathable so condensation can build up. Also they are not good insulators to keep heat and cold out. The fabrics have coatings to waterproof the tents and in general, the more expensive tents have a better water resistant coating.

Another popular choice is canvas and cotton. These days canvas is made from cotton so the terms are interchangeable. Canvas tents are an excellent choice for a tent fabric as they have great insulation properties. You are less likely to have condensation issues with a canvas tent and the fabric is long lasting. The downside to canvas tents is the size of transporting the tent around. They can be bulky and heavy plus they require more maintenance and longer drying times. Often the price of canvas camping tent can be more than the equivalent size tent in man-made fabrics.

A great compromise can be a poly-cotton tent. It combines the best of both materials to have a tent with optimum capabilities. They can unfortunately be costly.

Weather Suitability

Considering what sort of weather you may encounter when camping is an important factor to consider when buying camping tents. If you are travelling during the summer time in southern Australia or the dry season up north, you will want a tent that is designed for the hot Australian climate. The same can be said for hiking in Tasmania or the Victorian Alps during winter time, an appropriate winter tent is essential.

Best Camping Tents Australia Reviews

When it comes time to buy a tent, check out our tent reviews below. By the time you finish reading you will have chosen the best tent to buy.

Our Pick for the Best Tent for Camping

Coleman Silver Series Instant Up Tent

The Coleman Instant Up Tent is a fantastic tent and comes in both a 4 person and 6 person tent size. Features a fully seam sealed fly with large front awning. A quick instant pop up tent, this Coleman tent won’t leave you disappointed.

Features

  • 6 person tent weight: 14.2 kgs
  • 4 person tent weight: 12.7 kgs
  • Frame: steel poles
  • Fabric: polyester
  • Waterproof Rating: 1500mm

Pros

  • Easy to set up and pack away
  • Good roof height
  • Waterproof
  • Coleman is a trusted brand

Cons

  • Length of collapsed tent may be too big for small cars boot spaces

Best Family Tents Australia 2020

There are many family camping tents and in this section I talk about the best family camping tents available in Australia.

Browning Camping Big Horn Tent

The Browning Bighorn Tent is a spacious 8 person tent with extra tall walls. The Browning tent can be divided into 2 rooms making it one of the best family sized tents. Includes 2 large doorways, 6 windows and a mesh roof that gives great ventilation.

Features:

  • Weight: 15.7 kgs
  • Frame: Fibreglass poles
  • Fabric: Polyester
  • Season: 3

Pros:

  • Easy for tall people to stand in the tent
  • Great airflow
  • Nice looking tent

Cons:

  • Lacks hooks to hang things within the tent
  • Flooring material is thing and can give issues in heavy rain

Caribee Tent Canyon

The Caribee Canyon 6 tent is designed for the Australian summer with large windows for cross ventilation. The design is a cabin tent style with a 2m high roof inside. The large awning is perfect to sit under and enjoy a drink.

Features:

  • Weight: 15 kgs
  • Frame: Fibreglass poles
  • Fabric: Polyester

Pros:

  • Extremely spacious and easy to stand up
  • Removable front awning
  • Designed in Australia

Cons:

  • Awning can not be used in high winds
  • Better suited for summer weather

Vango Tent Australia – Odyssey

The Vango Odyssey tend is an 8 man tent that can fit the whole family. Includes 2 sleeping pods, one at either end, and a great amount of space inside. The floor is fully sewn into the tent so no bugs can get in!

Features:

  • Weight 22.9 kgs
  • Frame: Powerflex fibreglass poles
  • Fabric: Polyester

Pros:

  • Extremely spacious
  • Waterproof and fire retardant flysheet

Cons:

  • Questions on durability
  • Is heavy to carry
  • Price

Best Hiking Tents Australia 2020

A lightweight tent is a must when hiking and backpacking. Another aspect to consider is the season and waterproof rating of hiking tents. In this section I chat about the best lightweight hiking tents.

Naturehike Star River 2 Tent

Naturehikes tents are great value for money and this Naturehike tent review looks at why the Star River 2 tent is the best 2 person hiking tent. Great amount of space for 2 people and can be used in snow.

Features:

  • Weight: 2.1kg
  • Frame: Aluminum poles
  • Fabric: Nylon
  • Season: 4

Pros:

  • Lightweight and very easy setup
  • Great ventilation
  • Sturdy material

Cons:

  • Zipper can some times have issues

Naturehike Cloud Up 2 Tent

Another great backpacking tent option is the Naturehike Cloud Up tent. Spacious for 2 people, it is extra easy to carry due to it’s weight and it folds up really well. Comes in a range of different colours and is an upgraded version of the previous Cloup Up tent model.

Features:

  • Weight: 1.75kg
  • Frame: Aluminum pools
  • Fabric: Upgraded models with nylon
  • Waterproof rating: 4000mm

Pros:

  • Lightweight, compact and easy to use
  • Great value for money
  • Excellent waterproofing

Cons:

  • Tight fit for 2 larger adults
  • Needs more internal pockets

Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 1 Tent

The Alps Mountaineering tent is one of the best lightweight tents and is easy to setup. A free-standing design, it features two aluminum poles and a polyester tent fly that resists water and UV damage. Includes a vestibule for extra storage and good head clearance when sitting in the tent.

Features:

  • Weight: 1.91 kgs
  • Frame: Aluminum poles
  • Fabric: Polyester
  • Season: 3

Pros:

  • Light weight and quick setup
  • Good waterproofing

Cons:

  • Outside bag cover durability questionable
  • Can be bulky to carry for a hiking tent

Alps Mountaineering Tasmanian 2 person tent

When needing a small tent, the Alps Mountaineering Tasmanian 2 is one of the best 2 person backpacking tents. To be a great backpacking tent, it must withstand all sorts of weather. The Alps does just this and is very easy to carry and setup.

Features:

  • Weight: 3.58 kgs
  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Fabric: Polyester
  • Season: 4

Pros:

  • Easy entry and great venitilation
  • Withstands all sorts of weather conditions including high winds and snow

Cons:

  • For a hiking tent is on the heavy side

Zomake Lightweight Tent 2 people

The Zomake ultralight tent is fantastic value for money and easy to setup. Not the lightest backpacking tent, it makes up for the fact it has very durable material to withstand rainy weather.

Features:

  • Weight: 3.5 kgs
  • Frame: Fibreglass poles
  • Fabric: Oxford
  • Season: 4

Pros:

  • Excellent value for money
  • Material is very durable
  • Very waterproof

Cons:

  • Slightly heavier than other backpacking tents

Best Pop Up Tents Australia 2020

Pop up tents are very handy when it comes to a tent that is easily set up. They usually come in a 2 man tent and 4 man tent so aren’t always suited to larger families or campers needing a big tent. There are a couple of exceptions to this that we have found so read on to find out which ones.

Coleman Pop Up Tent 2 Person

This Coleman Pop Up tent 2 person review will show you why this is one of the best small tents on the market. So quick and easy to set up, the Coleman popup tent is another fantastic tent from this trusted brand.

Features:

  • Weight: 2.91 kgs
  • Frame: Pre-assembled poles
  • Fabric: polyester

Pros:

  • Very quick setup
  • Great ventilation

Cons:

  • Has difficulties in heavy wind and rain
  • Not a huge amount of space

CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent

This large pop up tent is the best family camping tent on the market.

Features:

  • Weight: 12.53 kgs
  • Frame: Pre-assembled poles
  • Fabric: polyester

Pros:

  • Great ventilation
  • Easy to set up
  • Good waterproofing

Cons:

  • No awning or vestibule
  • Zippers can be hard to use

Weisshorn Tent 4 person

This Weisshorn tent review shows that this is one of the best pop up tents Australia has. It’s ease of setting up makes it one of the best cabin tents for families. Tall in height with an awning so you can sit outside in the summer weather.

Features:

  • Weight: 9.2 kgs
  • Frame: Steel pre-assembled poles
  • Fabric: Polyester

Pros:

  • Very quick to put up
  • Great waterproofing
  • A light instant tent

Cons:

  • Awning can have difficulties in high winds

Moon Lence 4 Person Pop Up Tent

The Moon Lence pop up tent is a smart looking tent with great ventilation and super quick to put up. The weight of the instant pop up tent is an extra bonus, very easy to transport.

Features:

  • Weight: 4.67 kgs
  • Frame: Pre-assembled poles
  • Fabric: Polyurethane

Pros:

  • Simple assembly and disassembly
  • Great storage inside tent

Cons:

  • Instructions of putting tent up are confusing

OT QOMOTOP 4 Person Pop up Tent

The OT QOMOTOP tent is a great buy with large areas of ventilation. Super easy to assemble, this is a highly rated pop up camping tent. A large amount of room for a 4 person tent that can actually fit 4 people!

Features:

  • Weight: 4.4 kgs
  • Frame: Pre-assembled poles
  • Fabric: Polyester

Pros:

  • Light in weight and easy to setup
  • Great ventilation

Cons:

  • Takes practice to get the tent back into its bag

Best Dome Tents Australia 2020

Dome tents are a common type of tent and therefore there is a great range to choose from. They make a great kids camping tent and a larger dome tent is perfect for the whole family.

Coleman Tent Sundome 4 Person

Coleman tents are well known for being one of the best tent brands in Australia and the Sundome 4 person tent is one of our top 5 picks. The space inside this dome tent and its waterproofing make it a top choice for the best 4 person tent. Easy to setup, you will have this tent up in no time!

Features:

  • Weight: 4.42 kgs
  • Frame: Fibreglass
  • Fabric: Polyester
  • Season: 3

Pros:

  • Easy to set up for 1 person
  • Height of tent is great for a dome tent
  • Good waterproofing

Cons:

  • Pegs that come with tent aren’t strong
  • Very windy conditions will bed the tent

North Face Tent Talus 3 Person

North Face tents are a trusted brand around the world and provide high quality products. The North Face Talus tent is no exception with superior build and ease of use. A great buy!

Features:

  • Weight: 2.8 kgs
  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Fabric: Polyester
  • Season: 4

Pros:

  • Easy to set up
  • Trusted brand
  • Frame is sturdy

Cons:

  • You need more pegs than what comes with the tent
  • If you are backpacking it is a larger tent to carry

Coleman Steek Creek 6 Person Tent

This Coleman 6 person tent is a great waterproof tent with a fantastic amount of storage. A great size for a dome tent, this is also considered a top choice for the best family camping tent.

Features:

  • Weight: 8.62 kgs
  • Frame: Fibreglass
  • Fabric: Polyester
  • Season: 3

Pros:

  • Trusted brand
  • Plenty of storage
  • Easy to setup with the colour coded poles

Cons:

  • Rain fly needs to be bigger

Kelty Tent 4 Person Dome Tent

The Kelty dome tent is both practical and good value for money. Easy to set up and folds down to a great size for casual backpacking or on the back of a motorbike. Plenty of internal storage makes this dome tent one to check out.

Features:

  • Weight: 3.18 kgs
  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Fabric: Polyester
  • Season: 3

Pros:

  • Easy to assemble and disassemble
  • Withstands adverse weather like wind and rain

Cons:

  • Flooring of the tent not of the strongest material

Best Ridge Tent Australia 2020

If you are searching for the best A frame tent check out my choice below.

Stansport Tent

A classic style A frame tent, the Stansport tent is a great choice for the budget backpacker. Very simple in design means less pieces to put together, just be sure that you have nice sunny weather to use this tent.

Features:

  • Weight: 1.5 kgs
  • Frame: Aluminum poles
  • Fabric: Polyurethane-coated Nylon
  • Season: 3

Pros:

  • Great value
  • Lightweight
  • Classic style

Cons:

  • Not great at waterproofing, suited to summer not winter

Best Canvas Tents Australia 2020

Finding the best canvas tent can be trickier these days. Not as many brands choose to manufacture canvas tents, so the prices for good quality canvas tents can be high.

Teton Sports Mesa Canvas Tent

The Teton tent has a huge amount of room and is one of the best large family tents on the market. They aren’t cheap due to the superior canvas used for the material but ventilation is such a great feature of these big camping tents.

Features:

  • Weight: 34.47 kgs
  • Frame: Steel poles
  • Fabric: Canvas

Pros:

  • Extra high ceilings
  • Canvas gives fantastic ventilation while still being waterproof

Cons:

  • Heavy
  • Pricey

Unistrength Canvas Bell Tent

If you are searching for a canvas bell tent the Unistrength tent that sleeps 8 people is a great buy. It is a huge tent and one of the best luxury tents on the market. Glamping has become very popular over the last few years but it does take time to set up a glamping tent. But don’t let that stop you, these tents are made to last and an investment that will last for years.

Features:

  • Material: 35 kgs
  • Frame: Aluminum poles
  • Fabric: Cotton canvss

Pros:

  • High quality material
  • Huge amount of space inside the tent

Cons:

  • Heavy and is an effort to set up
  • Price

Best Swag Australia 2020

If you are wanting to go camping and wanting a simple option without the space and room a tent provides a swag is a great option. A swag if generally made of a durable canvas material and often comes with poles to raise the canvas swag into a small sleeping bay. A foam mattress comes with the swag and you can leave your bedding in the swag when it comes time to pack up and transport the swag.

Kulkyne Swag Queen Air Pole

The Kulkyne swag is a quality swag that is easy to set up. The air pole technology is a great option now available for swags and the mattress is gives you 100 mm of comfort.

BlackWolf Double Swag

The BlackWolf Bushranger double swag tent has a great amount of space. The premium alloy poles hold the canvas off the 70mm mattress and the swag weighs 15 kgs.

Weisshorn King Single Swag Camping Swags

The king single Weisshorn swag is one of the best single swags to buy. Featuring a water repellent canvas and a pvc waterproof floor. Durable aluminium spreader poles hold the swag steady and the mesh allows for ventilation while keeping the bugs.

Best Inflatable Tents Australia 2020

Inflatable camping tents are a newer player on the camping tent market and such a great way to set up a tent. Hopefully they start to come down in price as they can be on the higher side.

Vango Tent Australia

Vango Airbeam Tents are well worth their price tag. Utilising revolutionary AirBeam technology, the Vango tents are easy to erect with the use of the air pump provided. Material of the tent is fantastic and great cross ventilation.

Features:

  • Weight: 17.3 kgs
  • Frame: Airbeam technology
  • Fabric: Polyester
  • Season: 4

Pros:

  • Easy to setup tent with air pump provided
  • Excellent waterproofing
  • Spacious on inside

Cons:

  • Price
  • Doesn’t come with included poles for front awing

Portal Air Tent 4 person

Another inflatable camping tent to consider is the Portal Alfa inflatable tent. Once again the technology is advanced and the tent withstands all types of weather. The windows are not as well positioned as the Vango, but the Portal tent is a good buy.

Features:

  • Weight: 10.5kg
  • Frame: Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU)
  • Fabric: Polyester

Pros:

  • Easy to set up and light in weight
  • Putting tent back into bag is easy
  • Spacious inside

Cons:

  • Needs more tent pegs supplied
  • Price
  • Not as much tent height as the Vango

Best Cheap Tents Australia 2020

Time to buy a cheap camping tent? Sometimes we need a tent that is cheap but still good quality. I have found just the tent for you.

Stansport Pine Creek Dome Tent

Cheap camping tents aren’t always great value, but the Stansport 6 person Dome Tent has some amazing features. Surprising amount of height for a dome tent, it is a perfect cheaper tent to take camping when you don’t want to take your better, larger tent.

Features:

  • Weight: 5.31 kgs
  • Frame: Fibreglass poles
  • Fabric: Nylon
  • Season: 3

Pros:

  • Great value
  • Plenty of headroom

Cons:

  • Plastic threshold into the tent is quite high
  • Material is thin
  • Metal tent spikes provided are not good quality

I hope this camping tent guide has helped you to buy a tent that suits your camping needs. Our family loves to share all the products that we love to camp with and coming soon I will have a full blog post on the best swags for camping. I have a lot of experience with buying swags and I think swags deserve their own article.

Happy Camping Australia!