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Best pop up tent Australia of 2022 (revealed)

Last Updated: January 3, 2022

Don’t you want a tent that takes an eternity to put together? Come on, it’s all part of the fun!

No? You want something that sets up in SECONDS, which is why you’re reading our review of the best pop up tent!

We’ve looked at dozens of pop up tents available in Australia to discover which tents will provide the best camping experience. These pop-up tents are ideal for family camping, festivals or casual camping. 

The best pop up tent should have super fast set up, great performance in heat and bad weather, and pack up quickly without having to wrestle the tent. Find out which pop-up tent tops the list!

If you’re in a rush, the best pop up tents are:

  1. Quechua 2 Seconds Easy Fresh & Black 2 Person TentOverall Best Pop Up Tent
  2. Outdoor Connection Easy Up 2/3/4 Person Pop Up TentBest Pop Up Tent for High Temperatures
  3. Quechua 2 Seconds Pop Up 2/3 Person Camping TentBest Budget Pop Up Tent
The Quechua instant pop up tent being set up by a happy camper
The Quechua Pop Up Tent comes with super easy setup and a blackout interior

Quechua 2 Seconds Easy Fresh & Black Tent

Overall:

Pros

  • The ONLY pop up tent to easily fold away
  • Super fast pop up set up
  • Comes with two doors for easy access from both sides
  • Great ventilation for hot weather
  • Black out feature reduces light in the mornings
  • Good performance in wind and rain
  • Packs into a cylindrical shaped carry bag rather than a big disk
  • Small vestibules (without floor) beside each door
  • Storage pockets to keep your gear

Cons

  • Slightly more expensive than other pop up tents
  • Heavier than most 2 person pop up tents
  • Could get warm in very hot weather

The best pop-up tent on the market is the Quechua 2 Seconds Easy Fresh & Black tent. The outside is a lovely white tent that will make it easy to find at a campground, while the inside is black. The darkroom technology keeps the light out so you (and, more importantly, the kids!) can have a good night’s sleep.

It’s a pop-up tent designed to sleep two people, and, as with all claimed capacities, this is the maximum capacity rather than a comfort capacity. If there are two of you and you’re wanting to keep backpacks inside the tent, you may want to consider the Quechua 3 person pop-up tent instead.

The dark tent interior will be handy if you’re going to a festival. And the blackout feature will also help keep the grumbling of kids at bay in the morning. 

You may be wondering if the blackout tent gets hot in the sun, and yes, it can do. If you’re expecting very challenging heat, then the Outdoor Connections Pop Up Tent may be more suitable. However, the excellent ventilation of this Quechua pop-up tent is great for keeping your tent cool on hot summer mornings. 

It has two panels that you may open and fasten with guy lines. These help to ventilate the tent and, due to their angle, should keep the rain out. This tent also has good performance in wind and has been tested up to Force 6 winds.

What I really LOVED about this tent is that it has finally solved the biggest problem with pop up tents – taking them down! 

Normally you have to wrestle with a pop up tent to break it down into multiple circles and loop it together. It’s a huge pain and many of us need a set of instructions the first few times. 

But this new “Easy” version of the Quechua Fresh and Black series has an innovative technology. You simply press two buttons on the side of the tent to collapse the tent, then bunch it together and stick it in the bag. No more wrestling with a tent, no more having to walk around with a giant circle that makes it impossible to pack into a bag.

The only drawback of this tent is that it’s a little more pricey than other 2 person pop ups. If your budget is tight, you might want to consider the non-blackout Quechua without the new fold up technology. 

However, if you want the BEST pop up tent – this Quechua Easy Pop up tent is the one for you. Check out its latest price here.

Outdoor Connection Easy Up Pop Up Tent

Overall:

Pros

  • Great value for money
  • Quick set up
  • Amazing ventilation – windows, ports and a mesh door
  • Comes with a vestibule (with a floor) at the front
  • Storage pockets for keeping gear

Cons

  • Potential to get sunburn through the windows
  • Only comes with one door
  • Not a blackout tent – people who like sleeping in past 5am beware!
  • Difficult to pack back up again
  • Packs into the conventional and inconvenient pop up disk shape

The Outdoor Connection Easy Up Pop Up Tent is designed by Australians for Australians and this shines through in many of its features. It comes in three sizes – 2 person, 3 person and 4 person.

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So what makes this pop up tent excellent for camping in Australia?

Firstly, the tent is half ventilation. It has giant windows on both sides which can be rolled back up in the event of rain. Below each window is a mesh-covered ground port, also with flaps to close it up. And like the Quechua, the door can be closed using just the mesh door so that you get a breeze running through at night.

Secondly, unlike the Quechua Easy tent, the vestibule comes with a floor. This means you can happily kick off your hiking boots into the vestibule at night without having to worry about creepy crawlies.

So why haven’t I rated this tent higher than the Quechua Easy pop-up tent?

If you’re expecting very hot weather then this Outdoor Connections tent beats out the Quechua due to its sheer amount of ventilation. However, I have some concerns about using the windows when sleeping. Despite the windows coming with a mesh cover, they’ll still let in sunlight and you could wake up with a nasty sunburn in the morning.

But if you’re happy to spend a little extra time setting up a tarp over this tent to block out the sunlight then this tent will perform excellently in very hot weather.

Packing away the tent is much less convenient than the Quechua Easy up tent. It doesn’t come with the helpful technology to quickly collapse the tent. Instead, you have to follow the standard procedure of collapsing the tent like with most pop ups, and you end up with the giant disc carry bag that is so unwieldy. 

Overall, the Outdoor Connection Easy Up Pop Up Tent wins our award of the best pop up tent for high heats and, if you are expecting very high temperatures, this tent is the one to go for. But for most other uses, it just doesn’t stack up to the Quechua Easy pop-up tent.

Quechua 2 Seconds Pop Up Camping Tent

Overall:

Pros

  • Great value for money
  • Super fast pop up set up
  • Great ventilation for hot weather
  • Good performance in wind and rain
  • Storage pockets to keep your gear

Cons

  • Only comes with one door
  • Tricky to put it down
  • Not a blackout tent – people who like sleeping in past 5am beware!
  • Packs into the conventional and inconvenient pop up disk shape
  • No vestibules

This tent shares many of the same benefits as the Quechua Easy Fresh & Black Tent, including the excellent performance in wind and rain, as well as good ventilation. So how does this tent differ?

The tent comes in two sizes, 2 person and 3 person. 3 person is obviously roomier but also gives couples space to keep a small backpack inside the tent or more room to stretch out.

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This Quechua tent is also much cheaper than the Easy version and is, therefore, a good option for a budget-conscious camper. However, this lower price does mean a reduction in useful features.

For example, the tent now just has a single door at the front of the tent. This is far from a disaster but two doors at the side means you can escape for a nighttime bathroom break without waking up the whole tent. And without two doors, you can’t get a proper breeze running through the tent to cool it down. This is doubly important since this tent has less ventilation than the Quechua Easy tent.

The innovative feature of the Quechua Easy pop up tent which allows you to easily pack the tent back up is also missing on this version. You’ll have to settle with the regular struggle of pulling the pop up tent into the right shape before fitting it into the traditional and inconveniently sized circular carry bag. The Quechua does come with clips to make the folding a little easier than other pop up tents – although the difference is pretty small and the clips can break.

This pop-up tent is not a black out tent. If you’re an early riser then this probably won’t be an issue. But do be wary of tempers fraying in the group for anyone who likes to sleep in later than 5 to 6 AM.

Finally, this tent is a little smaller than the Quechua Easy pop up tent. The Quechua Easy tent has about 20% more room at the sides of the tent (inside) and comes with additional vestibules on the outside of the tent. There’s also about 5 inches more headroom in the Quechua Easy tent for sitting up.

Overall, I recommend the Quechua 2 Seconds Pop Up Tent for campers who want an excellent pop up tent on a budget. However, if you’re wanting to sleep in, to be able to pack away the tent easily and overall a more comfortable experience – I recommend the Quechua 2 Seconds Easy Tent instead.

FAQ: Pop up tents in Australia

How Does a Pop up Tent Work? 

Pop-up tents literally pop up, like one of those prank peanut cans where the snake springs out as soon as you remove the lid.

Unzip the bag, pull out the tent and with a light shake, it springs into shape. All that’s left to do is stake it and deal with the rainfly, if applicable. This makes pop up tents some of the easiest tents to set up.

Due to their sudden pop-up assembly, which often happens right in your hand, these tents are usually small. If you want a large, quick setup tent, you may want to look into an instant cabin tent instead.

Is a Pop-up Tent Reliable? 

Some people find that pop-up tents leak easier, and aren’t great for breathability. You also can’t replace the poles if they break and you need to buy a whole new tent when one breaks.

That doesn’t necessarily mean their poles break more easily, though—they’re typically aluminum poles or fiberglass poles, like a regular tent.

While they’re cheaper and may not be as high-quality as regular tents overall, pop-up tents are reliable, especially if you treat them right. If leaks are an issue, consider waterproofing spray and seam seal.

There’s not much you can do about a condensation problem other than pack a towel on your trip.

Lastly, if a pole breaks and you find you’ve been enjoying your tent, maybe it’s time to upgrade to a more standard tent anyway.

Are There Other (non popup) Instant Set up Tents?

There are other instant set up tents, but they’re not as instant as you’d think. You have to do some minor assembly work.

Instant camping tents are more or less all the same assembly-wise. They have pre-assembled poles that you slide into position and lock. All that’s left to do after that is stake the tent.

Sometimes you’ll also have to arrange and stake the rain fly; other times it comes as an integrated part of the overall tent. 

Arranging the rain fly is often the most difficult part of the tent, but only if the tent is tall. If it’s a lower tent then it’s a simple, one-person job, like assembling the rest of the pop-up tent.

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Author at Wilderness Redefined camping website

James has been escaping to the outdoors for as long as he can remember. This first started in family camping trips but soon turned into adventure camps and hiking through the Scottish Hebrides. Now he has turned towards trying to make camping more comfortable and accessible.