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Best Instant Up Tents Australia – Reviewed & Compared

Do you hate setting up and packing down your tent? Trying to simultaneously connect both ends of your tent poles, clipping the fly onto the poles, and banging pegs into rocky ground isn’t much fun. In this article, I compare the best instant up tents in Australia, to let you know which one is right for you.

Instant tents (also known as instant up tents, fast pitching tents or quick erect tents) make setup fast and easy by having the tent poles already pre-attached to the tent itself.

As each instant tent range comes in a variety of sizes, I have based my comparison and reviews on the 4P variety to keep things consistent where possible. Unfortunately, the OZtrail Lumos Fast Frame range does not come in a 4P variety.

I list the varieties available for each range at the end of each of the product reviews.

 

Coleman Instant Up 4P Silver Series Evo

OZtrail 4 Person Fast Frame Tent

Coleman Northstar Lighted Dark Room

OZtrail Lumos 6 Person Fast Frame


Our Pick
Coleman Instant Up 4P Silver Series Evo Tent
OZtrail Fast Frame 4 Person Tent
Coleman Northstar Instant Up 4 Lighted Dark Room Tent
OZtrail Lumos 6 Person Fast Frame Tent

Cell
Cell

4 people

4 people

4 people

6 people

3 people

3 people

3 people

4 people

5.76 m²

5.28 m²

5.29 m²

8.40 m²

190 cm

195 cm

190 cm

190 cm

12.7 kg

11 kg

16.8 kg

18 kg

1,500 mm

1,500 mm

3,000 mm

3,000 mm

1 year

2 years

2 years

2 years

Best Instant Tents Australia

Coleman Instant Up 4P Silver Series Evo Tent

Coleman Instant Up 4P Silver Series Evo Tent

Runner Up

Pros
  • Very easy and fast to set up - can be done in just 2 minutes
  • Good value at $249
  • Awning for extra shade
  • Ample internal height (190cm)
  • Very sturdy and stable
  • 1,500mm waterproof rating
Cons
  • Reasonably heavy at 12.7kg

This is one of the most popular quick erect tents in Australia. Many, many people have been commenting on just how simple it is to set up and pack away this tent.

It comes with all of the standard features that you would expect, such as mesh windows for ventilation, internal storage pockets and the like. An awning is a pretty standard feature of instant tents, and the Coleman Instant Up range is no exception. I really appreciate the extra shade and room to store your gear.

It is a remarkably sturdy, solid tent that will hold up well in a variety of weather conditions.

As is common with instant tents, it is quite heavy at 12.7kg.

It comes in 4P and 6P varieties and has a 1 year warranty.

OZtrail 4 Person Fast Frame Tent

OZtrail Fast Frame 4 Person Tent

Our Pick

Pros
  • Very easy and fast to set up - can be done in just 2 minutes
  • Good value at $299
  • Comes with an awning for extra shade
  • 1,500mm waterproof rating
  • 2 year warranty
  • Fairly light - only 11kg
Cons
  • OZtrail Fast Frame range still a bit new to the market, hasn’t yet stood the test of time

The 4 Person Fast Frame Tent is OZtrail’s recent response to the Coleman Instant Up range. These two are remarkably similar, both coming in at $299. The main difference is that the OZtrail tent is 1.7kg lighter and comes with a 2 year rather than a 1 year warranty.

However, while the Coleman Instant Up range has been around for a long time and is highly trusted, the OZtrail Fast Frame range is relatively new. It’s difficult to know if some issues will emerge down the track.

On the surface though, it seems like an excellent option and the fact that it comes with a 2 year warranty rather than the Coleman’s 1 year warranty is a positive sign. The other OZtrail tent ranges are highly regarded in Australia, and there is no reason to suggest that this range will be any different.

It comes in 4P, 6P and 10P varieties.

For more info, see my review of the OZtrail Fast Frame tents!

Coleman Northstar Instant Up 4 Lighted DarkRoom Tent

Coleman Northstar Instant Up 4 Lighted DarkRoom Tent

Best Blackout Instant Tent

Pros
  • Highly waterproof with a 3,000mm rating
  • Blocks out 95% of sunlight - perfect for children or sleeping in
  • Sunlight blocking keeps interior 5C warmer at night and 5C cooler on hot days
  • Internal strip lighting provides good visibility during day or night
  • Can be set up in just 2 minutes
  • Awning provided for extra shade
  • 190cm internal height makes it feel very roomy
Cons
  • Weighs in at a bulky 16.8kg
  • Is fairly expensive at $429