Planning on doing an overnight or multi-day hike and need a lightweight tent that you can carry while hiking? In this article, I review and compare the best hiking tents Australia (aka backpacking tents), to help you figure out which one is right for you!
I include some options for those on a tight budget and some more expensive, ultra-lightweight tents under 2kg. I’m confident you’ll be able to find the right option for you on this list, regardless of your budget or requirements.
To keep things consistent, I have reviewed the 2 person (2P) size tents for each brand. However, they do come in other varieties (I list these at the end of each review).
Let’s get started with a quick comparison of each of tents that I will be looking at in this article!
Companion Pro Hiker 2
OZtrail Nomad 2
Explore Planet Earth Spartan 2
Coleman Ridgeline 2P
Best Hiking Tents Australia - Individual Reviews
Companion Pro Hiker 2 Hiking Tent
The Companion Pro Hiker is a superb, all-rounder. It is much loved for its excellent build quality and workmanship. Many have commented on how easy it is to set up this tent.
Coming in at 2.7kg, it has a pretty standard weight for a 2P hiking tent. Not the lightest, but certainly not heavy by any means. The compression storage bag allows it to pack down to a cylinder of just 45cm long by 14cm diameter. This is about the size of many people’s sleeping bags!
Unlike cheaper but more flimsy hiking tents, you can expect this tent to last you many, many trips. It is best for those who want a good balance of price and quality, and are looking at doing some moderate intensity treks.
Those doing extreme hiking will want to look at a more lightweight option.
It only comes in a 2P variety.
OZtrail Nomad 2 Hike Tent
Best Budget Hiking Tent
For just $80, the OZtrail Nomad 2 Hike tent is outstanding value. It is roomier, yet cheaper than the other tents on this list, and even comes with a 2 year warranty.
At 2.3kg it is relatively light (although there are better options out there for ultralight tents).
Unfortunately, some people have commented that despite taking good care of the tent, the poles snapped after just a few uses. Your backpacking tent breaking down on you is the last thing you need if you are halfway through a hike, so bear this in mind if you decide to go with the OZtrail Nomad.
Overall, this tent is loved for its excellent value.
It comes in 1P and 2P varieties.
Explore Planet Earth Spartan 2 Hiking Tent