4 Season Hiking Tent

Camping Australia Outdoors Tent Guide

Written by: Tom Crew



Time to read 7 min


Camping Australia stocks a wide range of tents from lightweight hiking tents to tents that can fit the whole family! We carry some of the best names in tents, including Nortent, Vango, and Weisshorn, and have accessories that will help make your camping trip one to remember for all the right reasons.

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Australia is home to over 500 national parks, offering a wide range of camping experiences from the lush rainforests of Daintree to the red deserts of Uluru. Each region presents unique challenges and beauty, making it essential to choose the right tent. For example, the wet season in Kakadu National Park can bring intense downpours, while the Alpine regions can drop below freezing at night. Having the right gear tailored to these diverse environments ensures you enjoy the adventure without any unexpected surprises.

Dome Tents

Dome tents have been a popular choice among campers for generations. Their simplicity and compact size mean they can be easily transported and set up. Ranging in sizes from 2-person tents all the way up to 12-person tents, dome tents offer flexibility and versatility to meet various camping needs. These tents are characterized by their two or more flexible poles that intersect at the top, creating a dome shape. This design provides excellent stability in windy conditions, which is particularly important in Australia's diverse climates. The aerodynamic structure helps in shedding rain and snow, making them suitable for all-weather camping. Additionally, dome tents often come with vestibules for extra storage space, keeping your sleeping area clutter-free.

For those looking for quality and reliability, Vango offers a superb range of high-quality dome tents that balance durability and ease of use. Weisshorn provides a range of value-oriented dome tents that are perfect for budget-conscious campers without sacrificing essential features.

Vango Dome Tent

Rapid Pitch / Touring Tents

Rapid Pitch or Touring Tents are becoming the must-have item at campsites across Australia. They allow campers to spend more time enjoying the outdoors and less time setting up camp. These tents can often be pitched in as little as 30 seconds, with some models eliminating the need for poles, ropes, or pegs. This is especially beneficial in the harsh Australian environment, where quick and easy setup can mean more time enjoying the scenery and less time battling the elements. Rapid Pitch tents typically feature integrated frames that snap into place, and durable materials that can withstand UV exposure and heavy use. They are ideal for weekend getaways or for those who frequently move between campsites.

Vango's rapid pitch tents are renowned for their quick setup and high-quality materials, making them a favorite among seasoned campers. For those seeking a cost-effective solution, Weisshorn’s touring tents offer great functionality at an affordable price.

Weisshorn Touring Tent

Family Tents

Some of the fondest memories are created while camping with family and friends. Family tents come in a range of styles, colors, and designs, which can be overwhelming. Camping Australia offers a huge selection of family tents, accommodating anywhere from 4 to 12 people. These tents often feature multiple rooms or dividers, allowing for privacy and organized space within the tent. Look for models with large living areas, integrated awnings, and durable, waterproof materials to handle Australia’s varied weather conditions. Ventilation is another key feature, with many family tents incorporating large windows and mesh panels to keep air flowing and reduce condensation.

Vango family tents stand out with their robust construction and thoughtful designs, providing comfort and space for larger groups. Weisshorn family tents are an excellent choice for families on a budget, offering ample space and essential features without breaking the bank.

Vango Family Tent

Hiking Tents

Hiking tents are lightweight and extremely portable, making them perfect for traveling on foot, bike, or kayak. If pack space is limited, a high-quality hiking tent is essential. Despite their smaller size, hiking tents offer durability and specifications similar to larger tents. They are typically designed to sleep up to three people and include features such as strong, lightweight poles, high-denier fabrics, and robust zippers. Ventilation is also a critical factor, with many hiking tents incorporating multiple vents to reduce condensation. Look for tents that offer a balance between weight, durability, and ease of setup, as well as those that can withstand the rugged Australian terrain.

Nortent specializes in premium 4-season hiking tents, providing exceptional durability and protection against the elements, perfect for serious hikers and adventurers. Vango hiking tents offer a balance of quality and affordability, while Weisshorn provides cost-effective options for those who need reliable performance on a budget.

Nortent 4 Season Hiking Tent


The humble swag is an iconic symbol of camping in Australia. Swags embody durability, reliability, and comfort, making them a favorite for many outdoor enthusiasts. These all-in-one bedrolls typically consist of a foam mattress encased in a waterproof canvas cover, offering quick and straightforward setup. Modern swags often feature built-in mosquito nets, heavy-duty zippers, and extra storage pockets. They are perfect for solo campers or those who want a minimalist and rugged camping experience. The simplicity in design ensures your bedding option always works exactly the way you want it to, no matter the conditions.

Weisshorn swags provide a wide range of affordable options that don’t compromise on quality, making them accessible to all campers.


Double Swag

Shade Tents

Adequate shade is essential for protection from the elements and increasing comfort at the campsite. Depending on the number of people requiring shade and the features that suit your camping style, there are many shade solutions available. Shade tents, also known as canopies or tarps, provide a versatile solution. They range from simple pop-up designs to more complex structures with adjustable sides and added accessories. These tents are perfect for providing a communal area for dining, socializing, or simply relaxing away from the sun. In Australia’s intense sun, UV-resistant materials are crucial to protect against harmful rays outdoors.

Both Vango and Weisshorn offer a range of shade tents, with Vango focusing on premium, durable options and Weisshorn providing affordable, practical solutions.

Beach Shade Tent

Ensuite Tents

Ensuite tents, also known as toilet/shower tents or cubicles, are becoming increasingly popular at campsites across Australia. These tents provide shelter, shade, and privacy in one unit, and can be quickly and easily set up by one person. They are perfect for adding a touch of comfort to your camping experience, with features such as mesh windows for ventilation, built-in shelves for toiletries, and waterproof floors. Ensuite tents make camping more convenient and comfortable, whether you're a first-time camper or a seasoned outdoor enthusiast. They are ideal for family campsites, providing a private space for showering, changing, or using a portable toilet.

Vango offers high-quality ensuite tents with durable materials and thoughtful design, while Weisshorn provides practical and affordable options suitable for any budget.

Camping in Australia offers unique challenges and rewards, and having the right tent can make all the difference between a night under the stars and a night under a cloud of mosquitoes. Whether you're looking for the simplicity of a swag to throw down after a long day exploring the outback, the quick setup of a rapid pitch tent for those unpredictable Aussie rain showers, or the spacious comfort of a family tent to house your entire clan, Camping Australia has the perfect solution for your needs.

Australia's diverse landscapes—from the tropical rainforests of Queensland to the rugged coastlines of Victoria and the arid deserts of the Northern Territory—require tents that can withstand extreme conditions. This is where our top brands, Nortent, Vango, and Weisshorn, shine. For instance, Nortent's premium 4-season tents are perfect for those epic high-country winter expeditions where the winds could practically blow a kangaroo off its feet. Vango offers a robust range of high-quality tents suitable for everything from beach camping to bushwalking, ensuring you’re covered no matter where your adventure takes you. And for the budget-conscious camper who still wants reliability, Weisshorn’s value tents provide excellent durability without breaking the bank—ideal for those spontaneous weekend getaways to the local national park.

Imagine this: You’re camping in the Kimberley, with its intense heat during the day and surprisingly cool nights. A Vango family tent with its excellent ventilation and robust build keeps you cool in the day and warm at night. Or perhaps you're tackling the Overland Track in Tasmania—having a Nortent hiking tent that’s lightweight yet capable of handling sudden downpours ensures you stay dry and comfortable. And for those of us who occasionally forget to check the weather forecast (no judgment here), a rapid pitch tent from Weisshorn can be a lifesaver when setting up in the middle of a surprise rainstorm.

Plus, who could forget the classic Australian swag? Perfect for those nights when you just want to throw down your gear and gaze up at the Milky Way without fussing over poles and pegs. The simplicity and ruggedness of Weisshorn’s swags make them a go-to for solo adventurers and those seeking the true Aussie camping experience.

At Camping Australia, we believe in making your camping trips as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. Our extensive range of tents and accessories ensures you’re prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws your way—whether it’s a sudden storm, an uninvited possum, or just the need for a bit more room because Uncle Dave decided to join at the last minute.

So, pack your sense of adventure, and explore our collection. With the right tent, every trip can become a memorable adventure. After all, in Australia, camping isn't just an activity; it's a way of life. Happy camping.