9 Best Beach Tents To Buy In Australia In 2021

2021-12-25 02:26:52 By : Ms. Candy Chen

Don’t worry, they won’t fly off in the wind.

Looking for a stylish and sturdy beach tent that offers optimal sun protection? From cabanas to pop-up tents and umbrellas, we’ve rounded up the best ones here.

Equally important as a good sunscreen, a comfy towel and a protective hat when heading to the beach, is a reliable tent. It’s the beach essential that keeps you chilled, private and sun-protected so you can really enjoy your well-deserved time relaxing on the sand.

But if the only memories you have of a beach shade are those of you sprinting across the sand trying to chase your flimsy umbrella caught in a gust of wind, we’re here to tell you that you’ll never have to relive this trauma again. We did the research for you and rounded up the best beach tents and umbrellas that are relatively easy to set up, disassemble, transport and are nice and shady (don’t worry, the good kind of shady).

SUN NINJA Pop Up Beach Tent, $189.95 at Amazon Australia

Sunnylife Beach Cabana Nouveau Bleu, $159.99 at Myer

CoolCabanas Beach Cabana, $189.99 at Rebel Sport

Alvanator Beach Tent Coolhut, $158.77 at Amazon Australia

WhiteFang Beach Tent, $109.39 at Amazon Australia

Caribee Rapid Beach Sun Shelter, $69 at Catch

Heritage Lemonds Beach Umbrella, $99.95 at Myer

Sunnylife Eco Beach Umbrella Call Of The Wild, $119.99 at Myer

Rubi Coolum Beach Umbrella, $49.99 at Cotton On

Keep on reading for a rundown of each…

If you’re after an affordable option that will provide shade for large group gatherings, this one from SUN NINJA will have you covered. Crafted from water-resistant fabric that offers UPF 50+ sun coverage, it comes with literally everything you need to set it up - including a sand shovel - all packaged in a nifty travel bag. It’s actually a Mary Poppins-mystery as to how it all fits into a small lightweight carry bag. It comes in two colours (navy and turquoise) and two sizes depending on how many people need shelter. "Love my sun ninja," writes one reviewer, "So easy to set up, assemble and take down. Provides plenty of shade and more than enough room to keep the whole family happy."

Australian brand Sunnylife has become synonymous with crafting beautiful beach goods, including luxurious cabanas like this one flaunting nautical stripes. But it’s not just its looks that gets this cabana our tick of approval; it offers UPF 50+ protection, measures two metres long and wide - making it large enough to accommodate two adults and two children (or your dogs) - and only weighs a light 4.5kg. Seriously, what more could you ask for?

CoolCabanas has garnered a reputation as one of the most reliable brands when it comes to beach tents. Why? They look great, they offer optimal shade and they’re incredibly stable in the wind (seriously, they don’t budge the slightest). And that’s why this beautiful cabana has an average rating of five stars.

As one customer said: “Saw this product on the beach and talked to the owner who showed me how it worked. Went and ordered one the next day. Simple to set up and take down. Quality from the frame to the canopy material; even the bags are excellent. The setup and take down directions are sewn into the bag so you won't lose them!!! GREAT PRODUCT, worth every penny.”

A second person wrote: “Great shade for an all-day beach day. Easy to set up, even on windy days, and stands strong when umbrellas fail.”

While cabanas are perfect for sheltering larger groups, pop-up beach tents are ideal for individuals, couples and small families, while also offering more privacy. This Alvanator one can comfortably fit 3-4 people, provides UPF 50+ protection and has three roll-up mesh windows for ventilation so you don’t overheat inside. But its most impressive feature? It takes less than 30 seconds to set up thanks to its automatic pop-up function, and seamlessly collapses and slides into its portable carrying bag when you’re ready to head home. It’s no wonder it has over 1.4k wonderful reviews on Amazon alone.

One person commented: “Very easy to put up and relatively easy to pack away. I can tell you even with the Australian wind in the afternoon it ain't going anywhere - very sturdy. I did a tonne of research and looked at reviews on many tents before buying and I'm very happy. This one ticks all the boxes.”

Another person wrote: “Love it! It is perfect for the beach. Lightweight, attractive, takes seconds to put up and disassemble.”

This one from WhiteFang has a lot of similarities to the Alvanator — it offers UV 50+ protection, fits up to four people, is a cinch to assemble and disassemble, features mesh windows, can withstand strong wind and comes in a carry bag. The only key difference would be its five colour options (we’ve got our eye on that fresh mint hue).

We had to include this tent because it’s really worth more than its value. Designed with an easy-to-use pop-up, it boasts superior UPF 50+ protection from harmful sun rays, has a sheer rear window for ventilation and folds down into a storage bag with a few simple twists. We’ll be taking this on our camping trip, too.

With the cutest lemon print, this umbrella transports us to the sands in Sardinia sipping on limoncello. Aside from its design that will have plenty of beachgoers giving you compliments, it has a UPF 50+ sun protection rating and a roomy 2.4 metre canopy. It’s made with a powder-coated rust-resistant pole and water-resistant fabric, so rest assured, it’ll be with you for the long haul.

What we love the most about this gorgeous shade is the fact that it’s made from 100 per cent recycled polyester so you can truly relax at the beach knowing you’ve played a part in helping the environment. Other features include its 360-degree tilt function, adjustable pole and built-in hooks so you can hang up your towels and bags instead of leaving them on the sand.

We can never say no to a bit of fringe detailing, and when it comes in five great designs and a carry bag for easy transportation? Please, take our money. It offers UV 30+ protection and is also height-adjustable, so it’s perfect for covering whatever area is needed the most.

There are a few things to consider when choosing the perfect beach tent for yourself:

How many people do you intend to fit inside your tent? Is it just for yourself? Will you be sharing it with your significant other? Or are you catering for a whole family? This will help you determine what size tent to look out for.

UPF50+ is the highest protection rating for fabric in Australia so, look for products with this rating or close to.

Is the tent a one-person job or will you need extra help setting it up? The last thing you want is to spoil your perfect fun day out at the beach by dragging, setting up and packing away a heavy tent while standing under the scorching sun.

You definitely want a good quality tent that will withstand any sea breezes and last for a few years. I mean, imagine having your shelter blowing off in a gust of wind! What a nightmare.

Sitting in a tent at the beach might sound like your worst nightmare if you easily suffer from claustrophobia as a tent can get extremely hot inside if it’s under direct sunlight. However, don’t let this deter you from purchasing one as there are plenty of things you can do to keep your tent nice and cool. These include:

One made with mesh walls is a perfect example.

If possible, look for a spot under a tree, near a ridge or a low hill. You should also point your tent toward the ocean or lake as you’ll be able to catch a breeze coming off the waters.

This will allow cooler air to enter the tent.

This will help circulate cool air inside your tent. Ensure you keep at least one window open when using a fan as this will allow the warmer air to be forced out and cooler air to enter your tent.

There are pros and cons to each so the best one for you will depend on your needs.

Beach umbrellas allow you to enjoy your surroundings and offer good ventilation. For those travelling to the beach by themselves, an umbrella can be a lighter option to transport to and from the sand, and hassle-free when assembling it.

However, a good beach tent is more stable (perfect if it’s a windy day) and offers much better shelter than umbrellas. Plus, many these days are relatively easy to set-up. It’s a great option for families and groups of friends.

For extra protection from the harsh UV rays, make sure to check out our round-up of the best (and stylish) beach and sun hats. Plus, you’ll definitely want to invest in one of our favourite beach towels for those lazy summer days. Now you’re ready to shop, head to our coupons page for more great deals.

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