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October 26

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Best Touring Tents Australia – An Honest Opinion

For those who will be packing up every morning and setting up every evening, touring tents (aka tourer tents) are ideal. They are tough and rugged to withstand Australian conditions, yet can be set up in mere minutes.

But how do you know which one to buy? Well, I have compared the best touring tents in Australia to help you figure out which one is right for you.

Let’s get straight into it!

 

OZtrail Tourer 9

Oztent RV4

Coleman Instant Up 4P Silver Series Evo

Black Wolf Turbo Lite 210

Coleman 3P Swagger Instant Up


Best Value
Tourer 9
Our Pick
Oztent RV4 Touring Canvas Tent
Coleman Instant Up 4P Silver Series Evo Tent
Black Wolf Turbo Lite 210
Coleman 3 Person Swagger Instant Up Tent

$1,069 from CRC

$249 from Snowys

$729 from Snowys

$206 from Snowys

4.8 ★ (see 32 reviews on Snowys)

Cell
Cell

4.65 ★ (see 25 reviews on Snowys)

4 people

4 people

4 people

2 people

3 people

3 people

3 people

3 people

2 people

2-3 people

6.76 m²

5.76 m²

5.76 m²

4.41 m²

5.04 m²

210 cm

190 cm

190 cm

200 cm

130 cm

64 L

227 L

76 L

85 L

63 L

18 kg

23 kg

12.7 kg

15 kg

10 kg

230 GSM canvas

8 oz canvas

150D Polyester

150D Polyester

150D Polyester

2 years

2 years

1 year

3 years

1 year

Best Touring Tents Australia

OZtrail Tourer 9 Canvas Tent

Tourer 9 Canvas Tent

Our Pick

Pros
  • Very affordable, great value
  • 230 GSM canvas
  • Sets up in about 5 minutes
  • 2 year warranty
  • High 210cm internal ceiling
  • Generous, large sleeping area
  • Large windows for ventilation
  • Packs down to quite a small volume
Cons
  • A few people have complained that the waterproofing is a bit hit-and-miss
  • As expected for a canvas tent, quite heavy at 18kg

This canvas tent is outstanding value. Not only that, but it is well built, sturdy, and spacious, making it (in my opinion) the best touring tent in Australia. It packs down to a compact square shape for easy storage.

The high ceiling at 210cm (great for getting changed in the tent!), large floor space and front and rear doors make it a very comfortable option. The generous 2 year warranty is also much appreciated.

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.

The carry bag that the tent comes with is also a bit flimsy and it is probably worth upgrading this if your tent will be seeing a lot of action.

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
  • Quite heavy at 23kg
  • Expensive
  • 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, touring tents. If you want a high quality tourer tent and budget isn’t an issue, then look no further.

Unfortunately, the combination of high price, heavier weight and much larger packed volume means that I can’t give it the top spot here.

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

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 RV3, 4 and 5.

Coleman Instant Up 4P Silver Series Evo Tent

Coleman Instant Up 4P Silver Series Evo Tent

Runner Up

Pros
  • Very easy to set up - takes about 2 minutes
  • Very affordable
  • Comes with an awning for extra shade
  • Ample internal height at 190cm
  • 1,500mm waterproof rating
  • Lighter than the other options - just 12.7kg
Cons
  • Less rugged than other options - made of polyester rather than canvas
  • Only 1 year warranty

This Coleman Instant Up tent is the first on the list to be made from polyester rather than canvas, which touring tents are traditionally made from.

Despite this, I still think that it is a worthy addition to the list, as it holds up well in a variety of weather conditions and sets up very quickly. Due to the affordable price yet decent build quality, this is one of the most popular instant up tents in Australia.

It comes in 4P, 6P and 8P varieties.

Black Wolf Turbo Lite 210 Tent

Black Wolf Turbo Lite 210

Runner Up

Pros
  • Large front awning with plenty of space for chairs or gear
  • 200cm internal ceiling height
  • Tons of ventilation, plus tough mesh screens
  • 2,000mm waterproof rating
  • 3 year warranty
Cons
  • Made of polyester rather than canvas
  • A tad expensive

I see the Black Wolf Turbo range as a great intermediate option for someone who wants more features than the OZtrail Tourer 9, but doesn’t have the budget for the Oztent RV range.

Despite being of polyester construction, this tent is very well built and stands up well in Australian conditions. I love the front awning, which is very spacious and could fit a couple of chairs and a table, or a lot of gear.

In the latest update to the Black Wolf Turbo range, the mesh and zippers have been upgraded to higher quality versions, which is good to see. The 2,000mm waterproof rating is excellent and more than enough for most conditions.

The 3 year warranty is excellent to see and shows that Black Wolf are confident in the quality of their product.

Coleman 3 Person Swagger Instant Up Tent

Coleman 3 Person Swagger Instant Up Tent

Runner Up

Pros
  • Sets up very quickly
  • Generous internal sleeping space
  • Tons of ventilation and windows
  • Front door can be converted into an awning (poles included)
  • 1,500mm waterproofing
  • Holds up well in the wind and rain
  • Very light for an instant tent, only 9kg
Cons
  • Low internal ceiling (120cm)
  • Only 1 year warranty

Part tent and part swag, this is an interesting option that is not traditionally marketed as a touring tent. However, it’s quick setup and rugged build make it worthy of the title I think.

As with many swags, it has a low ceiling of 120cm, meaning that it isn’t very comfortable for extended trips, but for a few days it will do just fine.

The wide floor plan is another plus, and it can very comfortably sleep 2 people plus gear.

It is widely praised as being very well built and holding up well in adverse weather conditions. Many have commented on how well it handles windy conditions.

It comes in 2 person and 3 person varieties.

What To Look Out For When Buying A Tourer Tent?

Size/Dimensions

Cramming into a tiny tent is no fun at all. Remember that most ‘4 person tents’ can’t actually comfortably sleep 4 people, let alone 4 people with gear. Consider how many people will be using the tent and if in doubt, upgrade to the next size up to be sure.

On long trips especially, larger tents will be much appreciated.

Having a decent ceiling height on your tent is important too. All of the tents bar the Coleman Swagger tent have decent ceiling heights.

Material

Touring tents are traditionally made out of canvas, but I have included a number of options here that are made out of a sturdy polyester instead.

These polyester options tend to be less breathable and more prone to tearing, yet considerably lighter, to take that into consideration.

Not sure whether you should get a canvas or polyester tent? Check out my breakdown of the pros and cons!

Weight

Larger, more feature-rich tents tend to be heavier. If you have to lug your tent quite far from where you park your car, do consider the weight. The tents in this article range from 9kg to 23kg!

Season Rating

Some tents are more suitable for certain weather conditions than others. This is typically expressed with the ‘season rating’. 2 and 3 season tents tend to be for mild to moderate weather, whereas 4 season tents are suitable for use even in cold, wintery conditions.

Waterproofing

Storms are unpredictable in Australia, with sudden, unexpected downpours very common. You don’t want to be woken up at night with water dripping on your face, so make sure that you choose a tent with a decent waterproof rating.

Ratings range from 1,000mm (the lowest rating that is considered waterproof), all the way up to 10,000mm. The Black Wolf Turbo Lite 210 Tent comes with an decent 2,000mm rating.

Ventilation

We all know how brutal and unforgiving the Australian sun can be. Tents can act as greenhouses, trapping in hot air. Make sure that your tent has some ventilation windows to let the hot air escape, otherwise you’ll be in for a hot and sweaty evening.

Canvas can naturally allow more hot air to escape than polyester, as it is a more breathable material.

Setup time

Few people enjoy setting up and packing down tents. Trying to fit both ends of the tent poles onto the pins, clipping the outer layer to the poles, banging tent pegs into rocky ground. It’s not a whole lot of fun.

Thankfully, touring tents are designed to go up in just a few minutes. All of the tents in this article can be set up very quickly with minimal effort.

Warranty

A warranty lets you sleep easy knowing that your tent is covered if it is defective in any way. It is also a good sign that the manufacturer has faith in the quality of their product, and that they stand behind this quality. The Black Wolf Turbo Lite 210 tent comes with an outstanding 3 year warranty.

Build Quality

Poor build quality means a painful tent setup experience, higher risk of accidental damage to the tent, as well as frustrating and flimsy pegs, poles or zippers.

Cheaper tents naturally have poorer build quality, as the manufacturers save on material to keep costs low. The tents I have recommended in this article are all well built and largely free from these issues.

Australian Outback

Summary

The OZtrail Tourer 9 is the best touring tent Australia. It is made from high quality canvas, sets up in minutes, is spacious and also very affordable. The 2 year warranty is also a nice touch.

If you are looking for a fully featured tourer tent, check out the Oztent RV4. This is one of the highest quality canvas tents in Australia and is well regarded by many. Unfortunately, it is fairly expensive, heavy and bulky when packed up.

Still have a few questions? Leave me a comment below and I’ll do my best to get back to you as soon as possible!


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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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