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Best Canvas Tents Australia – Reviewed & Compared

Canvas tents have a number of benefits over regular nylon/plastic tents. They are much more durable and breathable, plus they don’t suffer from condensation build-up. But which is the best canvas tent Australia? Let’s find out!

I will take a look at 3 of Australia’s most popular and compare and review them to help you figure out which one is right for you!

 

OZtrail Tourer 9 Canvas Tent

Oztent RV4 Touring Canvas Tent

Outdoor Connection Tanbar Air Tent


Best Value
Tourer 9
Our Pick
Oztent RV4 Touring Canvas Tent
Tanbar Air Tent

$1,069 at CRC

$1,000 at Snowys

4 people

4 people

3 people

3 people

3 people

3 people

6.76 m²

5.76 m²

7.28 m²

210 cm

190 cm

205 cm

64 L

227 L

96 L

18 kg

23 kg

27.6 kg

2 years

2 years

5 years

Best Canvas Tents in Australia

OZtrail Tourer 9 Canvas Tent

Tourer 9 Canvas Tent

Our Pick

Pros
  • Very affordable, great value
  • 230 GSM canvas
  • Speedy setup
  • Relatively light for a canvas tent at 18kg
  • 2 year warranty
  • Front and rear doors
  • High 210cm internal ceiling
  • Generous, large sleeping area
  • Large windows for ventilation
  • Packs down to very small volume
Cons
  • A few people have complained that the waterproofing is a bit hit-and-miss

This is hands down one of the best value options in Australia. For only $300, you can get yourself one of these high quality units that boasts thick 230 GSM canvas, yet packs down to a small volume and weighs only 18kg.

It has the highest ceiling of any tent on this list at 210cm, front and rear doors, large floor space for sleeping and a generous 2 year warranty.

Generally speaking, this tent is widely loved as it represents great quality at a very affordable price. You won't find another one at this quality for this price in Australia.

Unfortunately, a few people have complained that their unit was not particularly waterproof, although others have not had any issues. As with all canvas tents, I highly recommend that you season the tent before you head out on your first trip.

Oztent RV4 Touring Canvas Tent

Oztent RV4 Touring Canvas Tent

Runner Up

Pros
  • Outstanding build quality - excellent reputation
  • 1,500mm waterproof rating
  • 2 year warranty
Cons
  • A bit heavier at 23kg
  • More expensive than the OZtrail Tourer
  • Over 2 metres long when packed

This tent is widely loved by Australians and generally considered to be one of the best, if not the best, canvas tents. I haven’t given it the top spot here largely because of the price, the heavier weight, and the much larger packed dimensions.

The Oztent RV4 seems to have much better build quality and workmanship than the OZtrail Tourer 9, with no one complaining about waterproofing issues with this tent.

Unfortunately, it is substantially more expensive (more than double the price), it is heavier, it is more bulky when packed up (over 2 metres long) and has a lower internal ceiling.

Ultimately, it will come down to whether you are willing to pay more for a better quality, yet heavier tent.

It comes in a variety of sizes, including the RV1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Outdoor Connection Tanbar Air Tent

Tanbar Air Tent

Best Inflatable Canvas Tent

Pros
  • Large sleeping area
  • 2,000mm waterproof rating
  • 3 year warranty
  • Packs down to a small size
  • Surprisingly sturdy
Cons
  • Weighs in at heavy 29kg
  • Quite expensive at $1,000

This canvas tent is quite different to the others on this list because it comes with air poles, which require inflation with a manual pump.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that air poles means a flimsy tent. Outdoor Connection have gone to great lengths to prove just how sturdy their air tents are, releasing a video of them demonstrating this by running a Holden Colorado over an inflated Tanbar Air Tent. The tent survived, and with just a few adjustments it was back up in position and fine.

It has a large sleeping area, 2,000mm waterproof rating and excellent 3 year warranty. It is very heavy at 29kg, but it packs down to a surprisingly small size.

Benefits of a Canvas Tent

There are a number of benefits to getting a canvas tent over a regular nylon/plastic tent.

Durability

Canvas is much tougher, rip-resistant and repairable than plastic. It is much less likely to get damaged in the first place but if it does, it can be easily patched up.

Plastic tents, on the other hand, often require complete replacement for anything other than a very small rip.

Breathability

Canvas tents tend to have fine holes in their fabric which allows hot air and condensation to escape. Plastic tents trap in the moisture in the air, which eventually forms condensation on the inside of the tent.

Heating

The heat resistant nature of canvas means that it is possible to operate a wood burning stove inside the tent. This is no good for plastic tents, as they can easily melt when exposed to heat.

Quiet

Canvas is much heavier than plastic, so it is less likely to flap around at the first sign of a stiff breeze. For light sleepers, this can mean a much better night’s sleep.

Canvas

Downsides of a Canvas Tent

As with everything, there are pros and cons to having a canvas tent. Here are some of the less desirable aspects.

Price

While not always true, canvas tents as a rule are more expensive than plastic tents. The OZtrail Tourer 9, however, is a great example of an inexpensive yet high quality canvas tent.

Weight

Canvas is much thicker and heavier than plastic, resulting in a much heavier unit. The lightest tent in this comparison is a weighty 18kg!

They are not suitable for carrying any more than short distances. Don’t even think about going on a hike with one of these!

Packed Dimensions

In addition to being heavy, they also tend to be quite bulky when packed up. The Oztent RV4 is over 2 metres long when packed!

Clearly, there are a lot of pros and cons to a canvas tent, but as to which is best for you? It really comes down to your personal preferences and what you’ll be using the tent for.

Summary

There aren’t nearly as many canvas tents on the market as there are plastic tents, but it can still be difficult to know which one is right for you.

Personally, I think that the OZtrail Tourer 9 is the best canvas tent Australia. It is relatively lightweight, has a large sleeping area and high internal ceiling plus a number of other features. It is outstanding value for money.

The Oztent RV4 is a close runner up. It is widely regarded as an excellent canvas tent that will last you many, many years (decades for some!). It is a little heavier and more expensive than the OZtrail Tourer, but the extra quality is worth it for those who spend a lot of time on the road.

If you are just an occasional camper, the OZtrail Tourer 9 is probably a better bet for you.

Still have some questions? Leave them in the comments below!


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Louis

After swearing off camping at a young age after a number of cold nights in cheap sleeping bags, Louis has ended up becoming a great lover of the natural beauty that Australia has to offer. This change of heart came after realising that, with the right equipment, camping can be as comfortable as it is fun. He is passionate about helping people reconnect with nature and explore Australia's great outdoors.

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