If you want to travel Australia and camp with a young family, a large family tent would be your best bet.
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For young families, squishing into one tent can be a bit tight and parents might not feel comfortable having their children stay in tents that aren’t attached to their own. Welcome the family tent, where you can enjoy multiple rooms for comfort and privacy.
Family tents are visible as those large multi-roomed tents that appear more like a fabric cabin than an outback tent. They’re designed to house families together, or to enjoy separate rooms for a luxurious camping experience. Some use the extra room like a walk in closet!
Family tents generally house six campers at minimum. You can find a number of manufacturers from Australia and beyond that produce these tents. One thing to consider with a large tent is the added assembly time. It can be a great family bonding experience or very frustrating if you’re the dad stuck doing the whole thing on your own. Be sure to keep the assembly instructions so you know which poles and ties go where.
Some family tents also have gazebos which are great if you're fending off bugs or hiding from the rain. This allows everyone to enjoy the campfire circle - with a burner instead of fire - inside instead of feeling bored jammed into a one-room tent or car.
A family tent is excellent for those with young children you don’t necessarily want to share a room with, but who you don’t want staying too far away for safety reasons. They’ll just sleep in the next room. Some people even save these rooms for their pets!
Below are a few recommended manufacturers and models to look out for when you’re shopping for a new large family tent.
The ultimate in family camping luxury the Turbo Lite Twin has a room at each end with gusseted window and rollback vented curtain dividers, split the space into 3 rooms or enjoy one big space. New 3 pole awning at the front can handle all weather conditions, optional extra side and front panels and versatility. Back door zips down or opens as a basic 2 pole awning. Read more about Black Wolf Tents here.
This large cabin canvas tent is the cheapest way to get into great quality tent with heaps of room for the large family. It features high quality canvas and has a 12 month warranty from Kulkyne Kampers.
The Coleman WeatherMaster 10 Tent is an excellent family tent, featuring two-rooms and plenty of space for the entire family. Up to ten campers can sleep easily inside thanks to the 17-by-nine-inch (W x D) footprint and six-foot, four-inch center height. Two doors— including a patent-pending hinged front door— offer easy in-and-out.
A convenient electrical access port lets you run a cord from your device in the tent to an outside power source, while an interior gear pocket helps you keep things organized.
Setup is quick and simple thanks two color-coded poles and continuous pole sleeves, shock-corded fiberglass poles, an exclusive pin-and-ring design, and InstaClip attachments. Straightforward instructions are sewn into the convenient carry bag, and separate stake and pole bags are also included.
Black Wolf Adventure Gear’s Sahara and Karakum models feature multiple rooms perfect for families. The Sarah sleeps up to 16 people, though will offer lots of extra space for a large family. Black Wolf makes great quality tents that are heat-sealed at the seams and made of good ripstop material that is waterproof and durable.