My kids have been asking to go on camping trips lately, so I’ve had to buy a tent. We spent a few weekends going out looking at the best camping tents for sale, and wow – there are so many different options! When it came to trying to work out which were the best tents for our family I had to go back and do a heap more research.
I probably should have started with reading the various online camping tent reviews, because that really showed me just how much there is to consider when it comes to buying good tents for camping. There are different types of tents, then they come in all shapes and sizes too. Will you just be camping at holiday parks or are you wanting to go off grid and so need something lightweight to hike with?
So after spending hours and hours of research, I’ve now put together this guide so you can find the perfect outdoor tent. In this guide, I’ll explain everything you need to know when it comes to buying a tent, including the different types of tents, the various features to consider when purchasing quality tents as well as compare some of the best outdoor tents for sale.
Whether you’re looking for a good quality pop up tent (also often referred to as an instant tent), a lightweight hiking tent, large camping tents for the family or just one of the overall good cheap tents for sale, I have no doubt you will find the perfect camping shelter for your needs in this guide.
Compare The Top 10 Best Tents Australia 2020
|Coleman Silver Series Instant-Up Tent||6 Person||All Season||4.8||Check|
|Weisshorn Camping Pop Up Tent||8 person||All Season||4.0||Check|
|Zenph Automatic 2-3 Persons Camping Tent||3 person||4 Season||4.5||Check|
|Weisshorn 6 Person Family Camping Dome Tent||6 Person||All Season||2.5||Check|
|Oztrail Bungalow Dome Family 9 Person Man Tent||9 person||All Season||4.0||Check|
|Coleman Steel Creek 6 Person Fast Pitch Dome Tent||6 Person||All Season||4.2||Check|
|Cedar Ridge Granite Falls 4-Person Tent||4 Person||All Season||4.2||Check|
|Naturehike Cloud-Up 3 person 4-Season Waterproof Tent||3 Person||4 Season||5||Check|
|Coleman Sundome 6 Person Tent||6 Person||All Season||4.5||Check|
|ZOMAKE Waterproof Automatic Camping Tent 2-3 Person||4 Person||4 Season||4.4||Check|
Top 10 Best Tents 2020
Here’s a handy reference list – see all the best tent reviews below!
- Coleman Silver Series Instant-Up Tent
- Weisshorn Camping Pop Up Tent
- Zenph Automatic 2-3 Persons Camping Tent
- Weisshorn 6 Person Family Camping Dome Tent
- Oztrail Bungalow Dome Family 9 Person Man Tent
- Coleman Steel Creek 6 Person Fast Pitch Dome Tent
- Cedar Ridge Granite Falls 4-Person Tent
- Naturehike Cloud-Up 3 person 4-Season Waterproof Tent
- Coleman Sundome 6 Person Tent
- ZOMAKE Waterproof Automatic Camping Tent
Different Types Of Tents
The first thing to understand when it comes to purchasing an outdoor camping tent is that there is a range of different types of tents. Each type of tent has its pros and cons depending on the type of camping you’re likely to do.
- Pop up Tents/Instant Tents – A pop up camping tent or instant camping tents (also sometimes referred to as easy set up tents) is just as it sounds – it basically pops up. These types of tents are all in one with the poles attached together which makes setting them up super easy and quick. An easy up camping tent tends to be bulkier and heavier than other tent types so are best when you have plenty of available space in your car.
- Hiking Tents – Hiking tents, or a backpacking tent which they can be called, are small ultralight tents, usually just designed as a one man tent or two man tent at most. The purpose of a hiking tent is for people to be able to carry their tent in their backpack and camp anywhere they like. They are not designed to have all the bells and whistles, rather just to provide durable basic shelter.
- Dome Tents – A dome tent tends to be the most common type of tent (although pop up tents are quickly becoming the norm). Dome camping tents have two poles that cross each other in the centre, bending down towards the ground, which gives it its dome shape. A rainfly then goes over the poles. Dome tents are great lightweight all purpose tents. However, some of the big dome tents for sale tend to be more complicated to erect.
- Inflatable Tents – An inflatable tent (or air tents as they are also known) are fairly new – these tents use inflatable beams (which you are required to pump up) to support the tent as opposed to poles. These types of tents are very lightweight and relatively easy to erect as you don’t need to be concerned with working out which pole goes where.
- Cabin Tents – Unlike a dome tent, a cabin tent is simply designed to look more like a room because it has vertical walls rather than a dome shape. Like dome tents though, they are erected using tent poles and can take some time to erect as well as being complicated.
- Geodesic Tents – A geodesic tent is somewhat like a dome tent. However, the geodesic tent tends to offer increased support and stability as the tent poles cross over each other multiple times. This provides excellent shelter in harsh climates, such as wind, heavy rain or snow.
- Ridge Tents – A ridge tent has more of a simple triangular shape to it, with a pole at each end and sometimes a pole between the two called a ridge that holds the tent up. Despite ridge tents being relatively easy to erect, they are not very common these days.
- Swag Tents – A swag tent is a small tent usually designed for one or two people. It has a high-density foam mattress, a pillow and a canvas flap that goes over your head – really a swag is not much more than a sleeping bag with a roof. Swags roll up nice and compactly and are perfect for people looking for a basic sleep tent.
Choosing The Best Tent Australia 2020
Size / Sleeping Capacity
When it comes to buying a tent, the first thing you will need to consider is what size tent to purchase. When I say size, I’m referring to how many people the tent sleeps, as well as how big the actual tent is.
One of the most important things to remember when it comes to the size of the tent is just because a tent is a 4 person tent does not mean it’s the best tent for 4 people.
Basically, this means there is enough room for 4 people lying side by side in sleeping bags, with absolutely no room for air mattresses or personal belongings. This might be perfect if you’re just after a basic tent for sleeping, but if you’re after luxury camping tents with plenty of space, you’re going to want to go up a size.
Weather / Seasonality
You’ll also need to consider the weather and the season you’re most likely to go camping. In most places in Australia, an all weather tent (also referred to as a 3 season tent) is all you need, but in other parts of Australia where there might be extreme weather such as heavy snow, or strong winds, you’ll want to get a tent that is specifically designed for the conditions.
Two-season Tents. This is a basic tent best used in Summer only. These tents are not ideal for any extreme weather types though including heavy downpours but are generally capable of dealing with light showers.
Three-season Tents. A three-season tent is a good all-round tent, generally suitable for most weather conditions. This type of tent is capable of withstanding reasonably heavy rain, wind, and even light snow.
Four-season Tents. A four season tent is not suitable for four seasons, rather it is rated as being a good winter tent for camping in cold weather.
Five-season Tents. A five-season tent, also known as an expedition tent, is perfect for use in extremely cold conditions such as heavy snow, strong winds, and heavy rain.
Material, Build and Durability
One of the biggest reasons for the price difference between tents is their material, build and durability. In terms of a good quality durable tent, give consideration to the tent fabric and construction of the tent poles.
Good quality tents tend to be made with canvas, cotton, polyester or a combination of all. More affordable cheap camping tents for sale are usually made with nylon, which also makes for a lightweight tent, so perfect if you’re after something easy to carry with you for shelter.
For sturdy and durable tent poles, look for ones made from lightweight aluminium or galvanised steel. Fibreglass poles tend to be less reliable and what you’ll find on super cheap tents.
Other Features To Consider
Of course there is a stack of other things to consider when it comes to buying the perfect tent. Tents come in all shapes and sizes. A small tent might have a single door, while big camping tents have a front door and back door as well as multiple windows. Take some time to think about what’s important to you.
I recommend you also consider how easy the tent is to set up overall. A large tent might sound like the way to go, but if it takes 2 or more people over 2 hours to set up and then another 2 hours to pack away, you’ll soon become frustrated.
It’s usually worth investing a little more upfront in an easy to put up tent, which will save you hours and hours of frustration later.
Best Tents Reviews Australia 2020
Best Pop Up/Instant Tents Australia
Coleman camping tents are some of the most popular tents currently available on the Australian market. These guys do a great job at making easy to set up, top quality tents and one of the best Coleman tents for sale is the Silver Series Instant Up 6 Person Tent.
This 6 person camping tent is a great size for a small family with one to two kids or even a couple who like a bit of space. There is enough room for a queen size air mattress plus a few kids’ size sleeping bags on the side, as well as your personal belongings. There is even a small awning so you can sit outside and watch the kids play or have a few drinks with friends.
The tent has a large front door as well as windows on each side with roll up rear flaps for ventilation. You’ll be well protected from the elements with features including inverted seams for added water resistance, strong and flexible frame, a weather resistant zipper cuff, waterproof polyethylene floor and full coverage rainfly.
The best thing about the Silver Series Instant Up 6 man tent? You’ll literally have your tent up in around two minutes so you can get on with enjoying your time in the great outdoors.
If you’re after large tents for sale, another great pop up tent is this Weisshorn 8 person tent. Coming with two rooms, this tent is perfect if you’re after family size tents or a tent to take camping with a group of friends. Plus being a pop up tent, despite its large size, you’ll have it set up in next to no time.
This 2 room tent is made with a double layer construction which is completely waterproof and tear resistant so it will keep you well protected no matter what the weather brings. Plus on warm dry days, you can remove the top for better ventilation.
The 8 man tent features an oversized rollable front door and inside you will find two rooms, each with mesh windows. The Weisshorn also has a good size vestibule so you have somewhere sheltered to relax with friends. Other features of this huge tent include a storage bag, wind ropes, heavy-duty connectors, strong pegs and power cord management holes to keep things well organised.
For families or friends looking for big tents for sale that are still super easy and quick to set up, the Weisshorn offers a great alternative to the previous Coleman tent.
If 2 minutes to erect a tent sounds quick, how about 3 seconds? Well with the Zenph tent, that’s exactly how long it takes to set up. It’s only a small camping tent though, probably best suited as a 2 man tent but perfect for campers just looking for somewhere to sleep.
This is a great quality, small camping tent made from waterproof polyester to keep you dry regardless of the weather. Inside you’ll find storage pockets to keep your personal belonging well organised.
At only 3 kilograms, this is a super lightweight tent too and comes in a really compact storage bag. Being so small, lightweight and quick to erect, the Zenph easy camp tent is perfect for anyone looking for a festival tent, car camping tent or even as a sunshade to take down to the beach.
Best Family Camping Tents Australia
If you’re just after one of the cheap big tents for the odd family camping trip, the Weisshorn 6 person dome tent is a good option to consider. While its quality is not as good as what you can expect from a Coleman tent, it will certainly keep your family well protected.
This is a spacious tent, with the cross pole roof design providing plenty of headroom. The tent features a front awning which is great to relax under without out the need to bring a separate annexure along.
The tent is made with a heavy duty waterproof polyester that will protect your family from the elements and ensures the tent remains cool inside. For added ventilation, there are mesh windows and doors, which also keep the insects out.
Other great features of this waterproof tent include light attachment points, bucket style floor to keep water out, built in storage pockets, power cord access and laminated welded corners for water resistance.
This tent is a good spacious tent for family camping trips. Just keep in mind that while it’s listed as being a 6 man tent, to ensure you have plenty of space, this tent is probably best for families looking for a 4 man tent.
Next to Coleman, Oztrail is another top brand that makes great quality tents perfect for families and, if you’re after large family size tents, the Bungalow Dome tent is well worth considering.
This 9 man tent is a cabin-style tent which comes with 3 spacious rooms. The rooms are separated by inner mesh walls which help to increase ventilation. Families can use the rooms as separate bedrooms, living rooms or just an area to store equipment.
This Oztrail 3 room tent comes with a portico pole frame making for not only a quick set up but also improved stability. The fly offers protection from UV rays as well as being waterproof and the heavy-duty bucket floor creates elevated floor seams to ensure moisture and water stay out.
Other features of this waterproof camping tent include three oversized doors, mesh windows, large front, side and rear awnings, power cord access port, light attachment point, two interior storage pockets, and a lantern hook.
For families wanting lots of space and individual rooms for extra privacy, the Oztrail Bungalow Dome is a great tent to consider.
Another alternative to the Coleman range of instant tents is this Coleman Steel Creek 6 person dome tent. While perhaps taking a little longer than their instant tents to set up, with an average set up time of around 7 minutes, you’ll still have this tent set up faster than most family tents.
This Coleman family tent claims to be a 6 man tent, but like any tent, it’s probably best to be used as a 4 person camping tent. It has a single room for sleeping, with a front screen room that can be fully enclosed for insect-free lounging or even to be used as a separate sleeping area if required.
Being a Coleman tent, you can expect this tent to be of high quality. It features durable fabric and a strong frame, both designed to keep you well protected from the elements. Other great features of this tent include the reflective guy lines that offer great visibility at night, internal storage pockets, window awnings for increased ventilation without letting the rain in, and electrical ports.
The Coleman Steel Creek fast pitch dome tent is a good one for families to consider. The tent is easy and quick to set up and with the fully enclosed front room, it offers families great versatility.
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Are you just after some options for cheap small tents? Perhaps you want something for the odd weekend away or kids camping tent? If this is so, then the Cedar Ridge Granite Falls tent is a great option. The Cedar Ridge Granite Falls is technically a 4 person tent but is perfect for those after a 2 person tent.
This small tent features a polyester fly and a tube style floor to keep you dry. It offers good ventilation with two zippered windows (one in the front door and one in the rear of the tent) as well as the two large side mesh panels. It also has an interior storage pocket.
Weighing in at around 14 kilograms, it’s certainly not the lightest when it comes to small tents, but for a small and inexpensive tent, the Cedar Ridge Granite Falls tent is a good one to consider.
If you’re after a super lightweight tent that you pop in the back of the car for those impromptu weekends away or even something that’s perfect for backpacking, you’ll just love the Naturehike Cloud-Up tent.
At a tiny 2.6 kilograms, this tent is ultra lightweight! Yet despite being so light, it contains all the features you’d expect from a great quality tent.
The Naturehike Cloud-Up tent is made from waterproof polyester and fully taped silicon coated seams to ensure you keep dry, as well as lightweight durable aluminium poles. Other features include a small interior storage pocket and lamp hook.
While technically a 3 man tent, for those that prefer a little space this tent is best suited as a 2 person camping tent or even a 1 person tent. You’ll easily be able to carry this tent while on a multi day hike or even for people that just like a basic camp set up – the Naturehike Cloud-Up is the ideal tent.
If you’re after small tents for sale, which are also lightweight and quick to set up, this Coleman Sun Dome tent is well worth considering. This is a small tent six person tent (better suited as a four person tent), which is great if you’re just looking for somewhere to sleep, given you’ll be spending all your time outside anyway.
This tent includes all the standard Coleman features to ensure you’re well protected. The tent includes inverted seams for added water resistance, strong and flexible frame, a weather resistant zipper cuff, waterproof polyethylene floor and partial coverage rainfly.
This tent includes darkroom technology to block out 90% of the sunlight, which is great for those who want to sleep in. Other features include two large windows, reflective guylines for greater visibility at night, electrical port, a ground vent for air circulation and two built-in storage pockets.
Weighing just 10 kilograms and with a quick and easy 10 minute set up time, this is the perfect tent for a spur of the moment weekend away or those just looking for a basic sleeping tent set up. The Coleman Sundome also comes in two, three or four person tent options.
The ZOMAKE tent is another great option for those looking for a two person tent or a one person tent. Plus with an average set up time of just 30 seconds, with this tent you’ll be spending more time relaxing in the great outdoors.
This tent comes with a hydraulic spring frame, which literally allows you to put the tent up in 30 seconds. The tent is a super versatile too. Basically being two separate tents – the outside tent sits over the inside tent and can even be used on its own as a sunshade.
The tent is made from a polyester fabric which is both windproof and waterproof, while the inner tent is made from breathable mesh for increased ventilation. Other features include two zippered mesh windows at the front and back, a lantern hook, interior storage pockets, and fibreglass poles. Plus, it weighs just 4.5 kilograms making it super lightweight too.
If you’re after a great small tent which you’ll have set up pretty much as soon as you get it out of the car – the ZOMAKE is well worth considering.
I hope you enjoyed this guide to the best tents, you can also check out our guide on the best camping mattress here. If you are also looking for a pram, click here for our best options or perhaps you have older children and are looking for the best kids bike. Otherwise you can find all our guides to the best products here.
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