If you enjoy long days on the beach, then getting one of the best beach tents for sale is an absolute must!  That Aussie sun can get pretty hot, particularly on a Queensland beach in the middle of Summer.  But if you invest in the best beach shade tent Australia has, you’ll be able to seek shelter from the sun and have a more enjoyable day.

Many years ago, I just turned up to the beach with my towel and swimmers and I was good as gold.  But these days, I can’t bear to sit on the beach for more than 30 minutes or so without our portable beach tent.  

Over the years, we’ve tried a few of the different best beach shade options available before we landed on the gazebo we’ve got now.  We’ve had a few cheap beach tents and now we have what we reckon is the ultimate beach shade!

If you’re looking for the best beach sun shelter, then you’re in the right place.  In the best beach tent Australia 2021 guide, I take you through everything you need to consider to purchase the best beach sun shade.  Then in the best beach shelter reviews section, I’ll review some of the top rated beach tents and other shade options currently on the Aussie market.

No matter what sort of beach shelter you’re after, whether it be the best pop up beach tent Australia has, one of the best canopies for the beach, the best beach cabana, the best beach umbrella or something else, hopefully after reading this guide you’ll be well on your way to buying one that’s right for you.

So let’s get into it and find you the best beach shelters 2021 has!

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Our Pick for the Best Beach Tent Australia 2021: Wanderer Tropical Gazebo

Don’t fancy reading our entire best beach tents for shade guide and just want to know our recommendation for top beach tents?  Well, we recommend the Wanderer Tropical Gazebo. 

This is the ultimate fold up beach tent offering loads of shady space with room for everyone in the family.  I personally love how you can stand up underneath this gazebo or relax in a full size chair.  Plus, the height can be adjusted and it comes with a wall for additional protection from the sun and wind.  Despite having loads of space, this is a lightweight beach tent and packs down reasonably compactly, so easy to throw in the boot or carry down to the beach.

Keep reading below for our full review on the Wanderer Tropical Gazebo or click here to buy it now.

Compare the Best Beach Tents for Sale 2021

In the table below, we’ve listed all the beach shade tents that we review in this guide.  The table is a quick way to compare each of the tents for the beach and their features side by side.

For further detail, keep reading the best beach tents reviews below.

NameImageTypeSizeCheck Price
Wanderer Tropical Gazebo1.8 m x 1.8 m x 1.8 mCheck Price
Wanderer Burleigh
Half Dome2.5 m x 1.6 m x 1.4 m

Check Price
Coleman Shoreline
Pop Up Tent2.4 m x 1.2 m x 1.2 m

Check Price
Neso Canopy
Canopy2.1 m x 2.1 m x 2.1 m
2.8 m x 2.8 m x 2.1 m
3.4 m x 3.4 m x 2.5 m
Check Price
OZtrail Multi Shade
Half Dome

2.1 m x 1.5 m x 1.5 m

Check Price
Lightspeed Outdoors
Pop Up Tent

2.4 m x 2.4 m x 1.5 m

Check Price
Malamoo 4-Hub
Pop Up Tent

2 m x 1.75 m x 1.5 m

Check Price
Outdoor Connection
Canopy2.3 m x 2.3 m Check Price
Wanderer Essentials
Umbrella1.8 m

Check Price
Adventure Kings
Umbrella2 mCheck Price

How to Choose the Best Shade Tent Australia

Whether you’re after the best pop up tents for beach, a beach dome tent, umbrella or something else – there are a few things worth considering if you want to get something you’re happy with the first time.

To buy the best beach awning, consider the below factors.

Types Of Beach Shelter

There is no one size fits all in terms of the best beach shade shelter and there are loads of different options and types.  There are pros and cons for each option and in fact, you may want to own more than one type depending on the sort of beach trip you have planned (a short hour or so versus an entire day).

Below is a brief overview of the different types of beach shelter.

Beach Tent / Pop Up

Very similar to a camping tent, the best tents for beach come with multiple walls, a roof and generally has a floor and windows on the side walls.  They usually don’t have a front wall, so you can sit inside your tent while looking out to the ocean.  Some beach tents don’t have much height to them and you generally can’t stand up in them, only sit inside them, often in low beach chairs.

Given a beach tent has multiple walls, this offers good protection from the wind and means you don’t have to move it around as much as the sun moves.

A good beach tent is usually simple to put up as most of them these days are a popup beach tent which means all the poles are integrated and just require you to pull on one cord to erect it.  An easy pop up beach tent will usually stay in place by way of tent pegs or by shovelling sand into pockets.

An easy beach tent tends to be reasonably lightweight and not overly bulky, so easy to carry down to the beach and doesn’t take up much room in the car.  The best pop up tent beach option is ideal for families with young kids or a couple planning on spending a short time on the beach.

Half Dome Beach Tent

A half dome beach tent is pretty much like a standard beach day tent, except it provides very little in the way of a roof.  Rather the various sides of the tent meeting at a point, providing limited overhead shade.  However, the tent’s sides provide excellent privacy and are ideal for protecting you from the wind.

Half Dome tents come in a range of sizes, although most a very small and only allow a few people to sit inside them – without chairs, or low beach chairs.  They certainly aren’t ideal at providing full protection from the hot Aussie sun.

The benefit of a half dome tent is they are a small beach tent, lightweight and take up next to no space, so they are easy to throw in with your camping gear.  They are also a fairly cheap option. 

Gazebo / Cabana Beach Tent

A cabana or gazebo beach tent is a tall structure that provides excellent overhead protection from the sun.  Usually, these do not have any walls (although some do), nor do they have a floor.  You can easily stand or sit under a gazebo or cabana in a full size comfortable chair and often there is stacks of room for a table, esky and other beach gear too.

A cabana is a big beach tent and is bulkier than most of the other shelter options, but they also provide one of the best options for shade and being sturdy.  They are also one of the most expensive of all the different beach shade options.

Another thing to be mindful of is that if you have one without walls, you have no protection from the wind and you may have to move it around as the sun moves throughout the day.

If you’re planning a full day at the beach with the kids or friends and want the best large beach tent, then this is the ultimate beach tent.  However, given they are much bulkier, they’re probably not the best travel beach tent for camping trips or road trips when space is at a premium already.

Shade / Canopy Beach Tent

The best beach canopy tent is somewhat similar to a gazebo or cabana in that it provides excellent overhead protection from the sun and has no walls or floor.  However, a canopy usually only has one or two poles to keep it up and relies on rope to keep it in place.  

Canopies provide excellent overhead protection and usually have loads of headroom so you can stand up or sit in a full size chair.  If you have an extra large beach canopy, there is often plenty of room for a table and various beach gear.

However, with no walls, there is no protection from the wind and depending on the sun’s direction, you will need to move the canopy around if you stay on the beach for more than a few hours.

The massive advantage to the best canopy tents for the beach is they’re super lightweight, given they’re not much more than a piece of fabric.

Beach Umbrella

Beach umbrellas have been around for years and require very little by way of introduction.  They usually aren’t too expensive, are lightweight and easy to throw in the boot of the car.

However, beach umbrellas don’t provide a lot of shade and while they are easy to set up, they can be tricky keeping in place. No doubt you’ve witnessed at least one or two beach umbrellas flying around the place in your time.

A beach umbrella is great though for those short trips to the beach where you plan to be spending most of your time in the water.  

Size

Before purchasing a beach tent, you’ll need to consider what size you need.  To determine the correct size, firstly you’ll want to consider how many people you want to provide shade for and any additional items such as an esky or beach gear.

As well as how many people you want to provide shade for, also consider how long you intend on sitting under it.  If you really just need something to keep your gear safe and a water bottle or two cool while you’re in the ocean, then you really don’t need an extra large beach tent that will provide you and the rest of your group with shade.

However, if you’re looking for the best beach shade shelter that you can set up and sit under for hours and have somewhere shady for lunch, then the bigger, the better.  I also can’t stress enough about considering the height of your shelter.  A mini beach tent that you can barely sit under, let alone stand up under, will become annoying real fast for those planning on spending any reasonable amount of time in them.

Although If you’re looking for a folding beach tent to throw in with all your camping gear or while you’re going on holidays, then you may need to compromise on size and look for something that will provide just the essential shady area to sit.

Weight and Portability

Pretty much all the best beach shelters 2021 have, pack away rather compactly and come in their own carry bag.  So with the best beach sunshade, you’ll easily be able to carry it over your shoulder down to the beach.  However, if you’re carrying multiple things, I recommend a beach cart – like this one.  We take our beach cart everywhere with us, camping, picnic in the park anywhere we need to cart gear with us – I love it!

However, if your budget doesn’t stretch to a beach cart and you have to carry everything, look for the best lightweight beach canopy that you’re comfortable carrying – along with everything else you need to cart down to the beach.  Even better, look for a light beach tent that even one of your kids can carry.

The weight and pack downsize of the shade is super important to consider if you’re looking for something to take camping or on road trips where space is at a premium.  As mentioned above, in these cases, you may need to compromise and just go with a small beach pop up tent that provides minimal shade and packs down compactly.

Set Up

A quick set up is a good set up – right?  This is why most people go for a pop up beach cabana, as they tend to be the easiest beach tent to set up.  The best beach pop up tent will have you set up and packed down in seconds.  However, sometimes you’re willing to forgo the instant beach tent for more space.

Whatever beach shade you go for, be sure to open it up and check how it sets up while you’re at home before you go to the beach.  Check that it comes with everything you need to secure it in place at the beach.  If you opt for a cheap beach tent, you may want to buy yourself at least some sand pegs – like these – these are an absolute must for securing a tent in the sand.  We don’t go to the beach or camping near the beach without ours – they are a godsend!

If you have a beach tent with sand pockets, make sure you bring a little shovel as you don’t really want to be scooping out the sand with your hands if you don’t have to.  If you have little kids, one of their sand toys will be perfect.

Construction, Material and UV Protection

In terms of durability, the most important thing to consider when you buy beach tent is your shelter’s frame and poles.  Frames and poles are usually made from fibreglass or aluminium, both lightweight and perfect for the hot Australian climate.  Fibreglass is the cheaper option, while aluminium is more expensive but also longer lasting.

In terms of the tent material, this is usually a light, tough polyester and/or nylon.  The difference tends to be with the level of sun protection and waterproofing.  You’ll know how much protection the tent will offer you from the sun in terms of its UV rating.  The best shade UV beach tent has a rating of 50+ UPF.  Of course, there is no point in having a tent if you’re still going to get sunburn sitting under it.

If you don’t plan to stay at the beach during wet weather, the tent’s waterproofing is no real biggy.  But in case of those unexpected downpours, it’s nice to know that you and your belongings are protected.  To ensure your tent is waterproof, look to see if it has a polyurethane coating as well as sealed or heat taped seams.

Overall just remember that you do tend to get what you pay for.  So if you want to get the best beach tent 2021 has that will last you years to come, don’t opt for the cheapest tent you can find; rather look for one made from quality materials and gets great reviews.  While this may well cost you more initially, you’ll actually save money by not having to replace it in the long run.

The Best Beach Shelter Reviews Australia 2021

Hopefully, after reading the above, you have a better understanding of what the best portable beach shade is for you.  Below I’ve provided a detailed review of some of the best beach tents 2021 currently has available in Australia.

Tropical Wanderer Beach Shelter Review

If you’re after a large beach cabana tent or family beach tents that have plenty of room for all the kids as well as all your gear, then this Tropical Wanderer beach shelter is ideal.

With dimensions of 1.8 m x 1.8 m, the Wanderer Tropical beach gazebo has plenty of room for everyone.  You’ll easily be able to fit a couple of full size chairs, a small table, your eksy and all the kid’s beach gear under this large family beach tent.

For added privacy, this UPF50+ beach sun tent also comes with a sidewall; this provides even more protection from the wind and sun.  You can move the sidewall around throughout the day as the sun changes direction.

One thing I love about this best rated beach tent is the ability to change the height.  There are three different height adjustments, so on a super sunny or windy down, pop it right down for great protection.

This large beach sun shelter is easy enough to set up and has sand pockets as anchor points – simply fill these with sand to keep securely in place.  It packs up nice and compactly too, so it is easy to carry down to the beach and store in the boot of the car.

If you’re after the best family beach tent, with loads of space for everyone and everything, you can’t go wrong with this Wanderer cabana.

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Wanderer Burleigh BCF Pop Up Beach Tent Review

If you’re after the best pop up tent for beach, which provides plenty of sun protection, then the Wanderer Burleigh from BCF is one to consider.  It’s a spacious family size beach tent that is quick and easy to set up and packs down compactly.

This easy beach shelter is a dome style tent, which provides coverage on all sides except for the front and reasonable overhead protection.  This BCF pop up beach tent also has a floor so you can have a sand free space.  With its dark walls, this is ideal for families with younger children who may need a nap during the day.  This easy set up beach tent also features large windows, which are great for airflow.

Being a pop open beach tent, set up and pack down is simple – there is no need to connect poles as the frame is all connected.  To secure it in place, you can use the sand pockets at the corner and/or the included four yellow sand pegs.  This easy setup beach tent has a 400mm water rating, so perfect for any unexpected downpours.  It also has UPF50+ sun protection.

With dimensions of 2.5 m x 1.6 m, there is more than enough room for the family in this best pop up beach shade.  However, with a height of just 1.4 m, you won’t be able to stand up inside, but you should be able to fit in a beach chair or two.

So if you’re looking for one of the best beach tents for families, which is quick and easy to set up and provides ample of shade, make sure you check out the Wanderer Burleigh BCF beach tent.

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Shoreline Coleman Beach Shelter Review

The Shoreline Coleman beach shelter is another great contender for the best pop up beach shelter.  Smaller than the previous two options but also much cheaper, this Coleman beach shade is perfect for those quick trips to the beach.

Given this is an automatic beach tent, all the steel and fibreglass poles are pre attached, so you’ll have this tent up in seconds.  To secure the Coleman beach tent in place, use the stakes or for added stability, the sandbags can also be used.  The option of stakes or sandbags means you can also make use of the tent even when you’re not on the beach.

The polyethylene floor of this best portable beach tent is extended to sit out from the overhead protection.  This is excellent for leaving things to dry in the sun, but also it can be used to close up the rest of your tent.  This is great when you either need to get changed or for added security for your valuables when you go for a swim.

The tent is made from polyester with a 50+ UPF protection and features auto roll windows for airflow.  It also has a pocket inside for storing small items.

With dimensions of 2.4 m long by 1.20 m wide, there is enough room for a small family and your belongings.  Although keep in mind the height of the tent is only 1.2 m, so you won’t be standing up in this tent, but you can easily fit a few beach chairs in.  The good news is it packs down super compactly at 78 cm x 11 cm x 11 cm – perfect for camping or road trips.

If you’re after a small beach shade tent, this Coleman beach shade shelter is a great option.  While it’s not ideal for large families or long days at the beach, it’s perfect for a couple or families looking for a compact beach tent for camping trips.

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Neso Beach Tent Canopy Review

Neso makes a great range of shelters for those looking for the best beach canopy 2021 has.  These are great if you’re after both a huge beach tent, but also something lightweight and compact.

The Neso beach tent is easy to put up with just two lightweight aluminium poles to erect.  Then pop on the canopy, which is made from a high quality blend of nylon and lycra with reinforced corners.  Then fill the four sandbags to keep the canopy securely in place.

The canopy is both water repellent and has a UPF 50+ rating, so you’ll be well protected from both the sun and rain.  However, with no sidewalls, they are not ideal on windy days.

The Neso portable beach tent is huge and comes in three different sizes, as follows:

As you can see, under one of these canopies, you’ll have plenty of room for the largest of families, chairs, tables, esky, beach gear and more!  Plus, they are super lightweight despite their size, with the smallest weighing just 1.8 kg and the largest being 4.3 kg.

The canopies come in a carry bag which you can easily pop in a suitcase while travelling.  The carry bag also features a cooler pocket for drinks and snacks.

The best part is, these Neso canopies come in a range of super cool colours and designs!  Choose from bright blue to funky flamingos and many other designs.

These canopies are awesome for camping families after the largest beach tent that doesn’t take up too much space when packed away.  They are lightweight too, so perfect when weight is already at a premium.    Definitely consider Neso if you’re after the best beach tent canopy.

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OZtrail Beach Tent Review

The OZtrail Multi Shade is another pop up half dome tent.  It’s one of the smallest in these best beach tent reviews, making space limited, but it’s also one of the cheapest, lightest and most compact, so great when space is a premium.

The OZtrail beach tent features a fibreglass frame which is easy to set up and the cross brace design of this beach tent is great for those after the best beach canopies for wind.  The cross brace construction makes the tent sturdier and stronger even when the northerlies pick up.  To keep it secure, use the included sand pegs as well as the sandbags for extra security.

The tent is made from a water repellent UV sun tough fabric that will protect you from both the harsh rays of the sun and those unexpected downpours.  The small beach tent shade also has a heavy duty puncture proof floor.

With three walls, you’ll have great protection from the sun and wind; this also provides plenty of privacy too.  All sides have mesh panels that provide great cross ventilation.

With dimensions of just 2.1 m x 1.5 m and a height of 1.5 m, this isn’t the largest beach tent, but it does offer more headroom than some of the other small tents in this guide.  Nevertheless, there is enough space to keep your belongings shaded as well as a few people sitting in some low beach chairs.

If you’re looking for a good quality, lightweight beach tent, which doesn’t cost the earth and won’t take up too much precious space, this OZtrail tent is perfect.  

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Lightspeed Outdoors Pop Up Shade Tent Review

The Lightspeed Outdoors tent is an excellent tent for a family.  This tent is somewhat of a hybrid between a tent and a gazebo – offering the best of both worlds.

This large pop up beach tent goes up in seconds, thanks to its bottom pull drawstring hub system.  To keep the tent in place, simply fill the anchor bags with sand or rocks.  It also comes with guy lines for additional security, which is ideal if the wind picks up.

The tent comes with a side wall, which is great for privacy and provides additional protection from the wind and sun.  This best shade tent for beach also features a floor, so great for keeping things free of sand and each of the four sides of the tent come with storage pockets.

With dimensions of 2.4 m x 2.4 m, this is a spacious tent with plenty of room for a family and their belongings.  However, the tent is only 1.5 m in height, so not enough space to stand up, but enough for a full size chair.

The large beach tent pop up also comes with UPF 50+ sun protection and has a 450mm waterproof rating.

Weighing in at just 3.45 kg, for its size, this is a super lightweight tent.  While you can’t stand up inside, it certainly offers plenty of shaded space and having the wall offers additional wind and sun protection.  For those after the best beach shelter for family, the Lightspeed Outdoors tent is well worth considering.

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Malamoo 4-Hub Beach Tent Review

Another good option for the best pop up beach shelter is the Malamoo 4-Hub tent.  With its unique cube like shape, you have maximum space in this small beach tent.

This is a quick set up beach tent, with set up and pack up being easily done in a minute.  To secure the tent in place, either use the nine included pegs and/or fill the four sandbags.  This top beach tent also comes with guy ropes in case of a windy day.

The tent itself features a UPF 50+ polyester fabric to provide maximum protection from the sun and each of the walls has a mesh panel at the base for increased ventilation.  The Malamoo also comes with a polyethylene floor.

The Malamoo is 2 metres in length and 1.75 metres wide, providing plenty of space for a family.  Although, like most pop up bench canopy tent options, it only has a height of 1.5 metres – so you won’t be able to stand up in this tent.  However, what I like about this tent is the walls are not rounded, so space is maximised given you have the same amount of space at the back of the tent as you do at the front.

The Malamoo is excellent for a small family who doesn’t need a massive tent for their days at the beach and really just needs somewhere to store their gear while they enjoy the ocean.  You’ll easily be able to pop in a few chairs in this tent and an esky.  Plus, it packs down nice and compactly, so it’s easy for throwing in the back of the car.

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Outdoor Connection Sun Shelter Review

If you’re after the best beach tarp or canopy style shelter, this Outdoor Connection canopy is another great option.  It offers plenty of shaded space for a family or group of people, is lightweight and compact for day trips to the beach or even camping trips.

With dimensions of 2.3 m x 2.3 m, this best portable beach canopy offers plenty of shade.  You’ll easily be able to have full size chairs, a table, esky and other beach gear sitting under here.  At 3.3 kg, it’s also incredibly lightweight for a shelter of this size and packs down super compactly.  This makes it perfect for both day trips and camping trips to the beach.

The canopy is made from a UPF50+ lycra fabric and comes with two lightweight aluminium poles.  To set it up, simply stretch out the canopy on the ground, fill the sandbags, then slide the two poles under the canopy and prop it up into place.  It also comes with pegs for securing to hard ground and a carry bag for transporting.

If you’re after the best canopy tent for the beach, you really can’t go wrong with this Outdoor Connection shelter.  Plus, with the choice of bright colours, including purple, green or blue – you’ll have no dramas figuring out which tent is yours with this canopy!

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Wanderer Essentials Umbrella Review

Sometimes all you need is an old trusty beach umbrella.  In fact, these are all you need for a quick trip to the beach, or even for taking away camping with you when you’ve got room for nothing else.  If this sounds like you, then the Wanderer Essentials Umbrella may be what you’re after.

With a diameter of 1.8 metres, this umbrella provides a reasonable area of shade.  It has the all important UPF50+ sun protection and also comes with an easy carry bag for transporting.

To keep this umbrella well secured in the sand, it is recommended that you grab yourself a sand screw.  Otherwise, you may well find it blowing across the beach.

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Adventure Kings Beach Umbrella Review

Another good option for those looking for a beach umbrella is this one from Adventure Kings.  With a 2 m diameter, this has a slightly bigger shady area than the previous umbrella; it’s also a little cheaper too -so this may well be the one worth buying.

You can adjust the height (up to 2 metres) of this umbrella which is great whether you’re sitting in a chair or on your beach towel.  The umbrella angle can also be adjusted so you can follow the sun as the day goes by.

As mentioned above, for added security – pick yourself up a sand anchor to ensure the umbrella is firmly in the sand.

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And there you have it our ultimate guide to the best shade tents for the beach.  We have plenty of other guides to help you with camping including how to choose a pop up tent, how to choose a camp stove and we even have the ultimate camping checklist here.

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