Australia is one of the top camping destinations in the world. It’s an experience worthy of the top spot on your bucket list, with native wildlife for company, lush rainforests, pristine coastlines, starry skies to sleep underneath, and breathtaking campgrounds surrounded by natural wonders. If you’re new to camping in Australia or simply looking to upgrade your camping tent, it can be challenging to determine which of the many different types of tents would be best for your needs.
With all of the comfort and technical advancements provided by modern tents comes a slew of decisions. Decisions that, to be honest, can be a little off-putting, forcing would-be campers to choose unsuitable tents or, worse, throw in the towel and abandon camping entirely.
But what exactly is a tent? A tent is any temporary shelter made of cloth, polyester, or canvas that can be supported or not by poles, taut by rope or string, and connected to the ground by pegs. There are various types of camping tent, each with its own set of features.
A dome tent is now one of the most common styles of camping tents. Their curved pole construction distinguishes these tents. Dome tents have two or three poles that can arch over the tent’s top in a semi-circle formation. A dome tent can be made in various forms, and one of which is a square dome formed by two flexible poles crossing in the centre. In contrast, three poles give it a hexagonal shape.
The sides of this tent are more vertical, allowing for more headroom and larger floor space. These are a very versatile type of tents, which is why they are so common among campers. These tents typically come with a detachable groundsheet and are simple to set up. The interlocking pole system provides strength to the tent, allowing and keeping the structure together.
If you’re going camping with family or friends, you can look for a tunnel tent. Dome tents can be smaller and inconvenient when there are a lot of participants. Tunnel tents are made by binding poles into a semi-circle and sticking them up in a line to form a tunnel. Other types of tunnel tents are built with rigid poles. They are easy to set up and have plenty of room for camping essentials. These tents are typical because they can accommodate many people and endure the environmental factors for a long time at the campsite.
Geodesic and semi-geodesic are mathematical terms. The term “geodesic” refers to the shortest path between two points on Earth. Geodesic and semi-geodesic tents have poles that crisscross over the surface, intersecting to create a triangle shape. They have a layout similar to dome tents except with additional poles. These poles cross over each other to provide a spacious inner area and a sturdy structure for the tent. This distributes the tension around the frame, making it a more comfortable tent in inclement weather. These camping tents are expensive, but they are affordable due to their strength and durability in harsh weather and expeditions such as mountaineering.
That’s what there is to it. Every camping occasion necessitates a different form of a camping tent. Whatever tent you want, may it serve you well for many happy years of camping under the stars and enjoying our wonderful world.