It’s no secret that Australians love camping and with the right tent, your next trip can be stress-free. Your gear will stay dry, you won’t waste precious time trying to figure out which pole goes where and you’ll sleep like a baby. The wrong tent, on the other hand, could turn your trip into a disaster.
Our guide will walk you through all the steps of buying a tent to make sure your money is spent wisely. We cover styles, sizes, weather durability and key features. Find out where you can buy your next tent and how much it will cost.
Read on to compare all the options and choose the best tent to suit your needs and your camping style.
Compare some of the best tents
What types of tents are available?
If you’re looking for a tent for your next camping trip, you have several styles to choose from. Each type of tent is suited to different activities.
Check out descriptions of some of the most common tent styles below:
How to compare tents
When searching for a tent, look for something that is user-friendly, big enough for your group and is suited to the weather you’ll be camping in.
To get started finding your perfect tent, consider the following questions:
- Can I easily set up the tent?
- How many people will be using the tent?
- What weather will I be camping in?
One of the most important, and often overlooked, factors when choosing a tent is how easy it is to set up. Try setting up the tent in the store or at home before you take it on a trip to make sure you know what goes where.
Tent size is measured by the number of people who can sleep in the tent. Specifically, this measures the number of sleeping bags that can fit on the floor and does not include any additional gear. If you want to be able to move around comfortably in your tent choose one that has a sleeping capacity one size up from the number of people who will actually be sleeping in it. If you plan to spend a lot of time in the tent or fill your pack with handy gear, you should choose a tent that sleeps two or three more people than you actually have.
Tents are rated by the number of seasons the tent can withstand while keeping you dry and relatively warm. Typically, tents that can withstand extreme weather conditions are more expensive and heavier because they have more layers.
|Two-season||These tents are lightweight but offer less protection against the elements. While they are suitable for Spring and Summer, you may need an extra tarp if you use one during heavy rain.|
|Three-season||These are the most popular type of tent in Australia. They are relatively light and can stand up to heavy rain better than two-season tents.|
|Four-season||These tents work all year round. They are heavier and more expensive than two-season tents because they are more durable. While they work well in cold climates, they sometimes feel hot and stuffy in hot weather.|
|Five-season||Five-season tents are designed for cold weather and high-altitudes. If you camp during snowstorms, five-season tents are the way to go, but if you just need protection from the Sydney winter they’re not worth the money.|
Additional features to look for
Hopefully, you’ve found a tent that is easy to use, roomy enough for your party and gear, and suited to the weather you’ll be camping in. Next, check if it includes these extra details:
How much does a tent cost?
You can find a two or three person tent at Kmart or Big W for less than $100 that may be suitable for backyard camping or shade at the beach but it probably won’t hold up to regular use or moderate rain. If you’re looking for a large, durable tent that will survive many seasons worth of camping trips, you could spend thousands on a quality tent. There are also many options in the middle. Retailers like BCF, Tentworld and Snowys sell tents from a wide range of manufacturers and offer regular sales and discounts.
Where to buy a tent
Some manufacturers including BlackWolf, The North Face and OzTrail allow you to buy tents directly from their websites or stores. Other brands like Coleman only sell their tents via third-party retailers such as Tentworld, Snowys and BCF.
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