The 5 Best 2 Person Tents for Camping in Australia

Best Value

Coleman Sundome 2 Man Tent Back View

Coleman 2 Person Dome Tent

3.5/5

Our Choice

Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Person Tent Side View

Coleman Insant Up 4 Person Tent

4.5/5

My first hike was in 2014 and needed a 2 person tent for me and my partner. I didn’t have a clue with camping. I thought all tents were the same, the important thing was having a place to sleep in, right? Turned out that’s not how things work. Not all tents are the same. The tent that I slept in was a beach tent without a canopy, and a very thin floor. I woke up cold and wet the next day.

I went online the minute I got home and ordered a better quality tent.  I’ve had my two man tent with me for 6 years now.

If you are a novice camper, I suggest getting a 2 person tent. There are a lot of great 2 person tents out there but we’re trying to look for something that will fit your lifestyle. So here’s my guide on how to look for the best 2 person tent in Australia.

Quick 2 Person Tent Comparisons

Coleman Sundome 2 Man Tent Back View

Coleman Sundome 2 Person Tent

3.5/5

$

Cedar Granite Falls 2 Person Tent Front

Cedar Ridge Granite Falls 2 Person Tent​

4.5/5

$

Explore Planet Earth Spartan 2 Person Dome Tent

Explore Planet Earth Spartan 2 Person Dome Tent​

4/5

$$

Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Person Tent Side View

Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Person Tent​

4.5/5

$$$

Our 2 Person Tent Reviews

1. Coleman Sundome 2 Person Tent

The Coleman Sundome 2 Person Tent is ideal for first time campers. There is enough space for 2 people to move around the tent and a place put their personal belongings in.

This tent weighs at 3.2 kgs so it’s even on the light side for a camping tent but a bit heavier than the average 2 Person hiking tent. It comes with its own carrying bag with extra storage for your other gears.

Certain models boast a Dark room technology which blocks sunlight allowing the tent to stay cool even during the summer. This is also plus for campers who want to sleep in the morning.

There are two windows in the tent which provide enough ventilation. With the help of the hooded rainfly, you can even leave the windows open during the rain.

Setting up will be a breeze. The tent can be pitched within 10 minutes. You just slip the poles in the snag free pole sleeves and you’re done!

The WeatherTec system keeps the tent water proof and the tub like floor makes sure that water won’t be coming in the tent during rainy season even if the tent only has a half fly.

Coleman Sundome tents come in two colors: Navy Blue and Green. It’s also available for 4-person and 6-person tents.

Set up couldn’t be more simple or straight forward and will easily be fully pitched within 5 to 10 minutes. Unfold the 68D Polyester tent and flys cover, extend the frame poles which then clip into the corners of the tent. Attach the remaining clips on the tent to the poles as you extend it up and then peg the tent to the ground. Done!

Once the main tent is set up you have the option of attaching the half flysheet which will provide additional weather protection and have a minimal impact on ventilation. The tent and half fly screen will give you great protection from moderate rain, however rain with strong winds will put the breezy design to the test.

Speaking of ventilation, the tent has a single entrance with a large rear window making it perfect for warmer weather.

Despite having a 149cm high domed roof, the floor plan is rectangular and will fit a queen size bed. Advertised as having capacity for 4 people, it will get quite warm in more tropical camping conditions with 4 people sleeping in it at once. The addition of the internal pockets at both sides of the tent is a convenience that is quickly becoming the norm, but is always a welcome addition to keep valuables and electronics off the floor and away from dust and sand.

Pros

  • Easy and fast setup – Setting the tent only takes 10 minutes!
  • Waterproof - the tent can withstand strong winds and rain
  • Dark Room technology - keeps the tent cool all day.
  • Spacious – there is enough space for 2 persons and hiking gear in the tent
  • Well ventilated – the windows promote good airflow and prevents the tent from being stuffy
  • Reasonable price – It’s one the great budget tents in the market

Cons

  • Pegs – the pegs are a little bit short so you might need to bring additional guy lines to secure the tent
  • Half cover fly – Heavy sidewards rain may enter the tent

2. Cedar Ridge Granite Falls 2 Person Tent

The Cedar Ridge Granite Fall 2-Person tent weighs at 3.1 kg. The 2 fiberglass poles with shock cords offers an easy setup that even kids can do it themselves.

This tent is slightly bigger than your average 2 person tent and provides plenty of extra space for you and your companion. If you’re on the taller side, there is enough room for you to stretch. No more cramps!

The interior has mesh walls and 2 large windows that helps with the air flow and prevent condensation at night. This tent is great to use during the warm season. Also great for those stargazing sessions.

Offers plenty of storage with the vestibule and interior gear loft storage. You can use the vestibule to cook food or a place you can leave your dirty gear so the inside of the tent stays clean. The interior storage helps with keeping all your things in one place.

Full tent coverage with the 185T polyester fly that is UV resistant and waterproof. There’s no need to worry about the floor getting wet as it has a tub-style design to keep the water out.

To cap it off, the Cedar Ridge tent is priced reasonably for a 2 person tent. You can seldom see quality tents like these sold at an affordable price.

Pros

  • Spacious – tall campers will feel comfortable using this tent as it gives them room to stretch out. Also has enough head space.
  • Easily set up with pegs and inflatable frame
  • Full rainfly coverage – this tent guarantees that you stay dry inside during a downpour
  • Storage – a great way to keep your things organized.
  • Easy set up – The fiberglass poles and shock cords mean the tent can be set up in a few minutes
  • Well-ventilated – The mesh around the tent makes staying inside breathable
  • Affordable – this tent is a bargain and is great for campers with a budget

Cons

  • One door – It can be difficult for you or your companion getting in and out of the tent

3. Explore Planet Earth Spartan 2 Person Dome Tent

The Explore Planet Earth Spartan 2 Person Dome Tent is also another great tent for newbie campers. It has 3 piece color coded corners for an easier set up.

At 2.4 kg, it will be a breeze for you to carry it around in your pack.

The ventilation for this tent is unique. It has 2 vents on top of the tent with a rigid panel that you can use to put the vents up so have the air flowing in the tent. The mesh also provides great airflow. You won’t feel stuffy inside during summer. 

It has dual vestibule and doors so you and your companion can come in and out anytime you want without disturbing the other person.

The tent won’t get crowded because there is a lot of space. There are 4 internal storage pockets in the tent and individual the vestibules so each of you can put your bags away neatly.

This tent has full coverage fly. It’s made from polyester and has UV coating enough to protect you from the harsh sun and heavy rains. All the edges are seam sealed that helps stop water getting in the tent.

You can get this tent at an economical price. It’s a steal compared to other 2 person tents!

Pros

  • Easy setup – the tent has 3 color coded poles and speed clips for a faster and hassle free setup
  • Spacious – since it has a lot of storage and offers 2 vestibules, you can enjoy a comfortable space inside
  • Light – the weight of the tent won’t affect your back even after a long hike
  • Price – Affordable price for an entry level tent that has a lot of features

Cons

  • Zippers- the zippers tend to get stuck sometimes. You need to be careful zipping up the doors and vestibules
  • Mesh panel – make sure you have the panels up or else your tent will get hot

4. Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Person Tent

The Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Person Hiking tent is a unique tent that’s made to handle 3 seasons. This is ideal to use during the summer.

The tent is completely made of mesh. This design improves the ventilation. No more stuffy moments during hot weathers and no condensations at night too.

There are two vents in the tent. The one in front is a lot bigger than the back. It also has a stake that you can use to put up the vent.

With a total weight of 1.86 kg, this tent is very light. It can easily fit in your backpack.

The setup is fairly easy. There are only two poles to connect using the clips and sleeves. You’ll be able to finish setting up in less than 10 minutes.

The fly is also pretty easy to install. It has clips around the tent providing a full coverage. Just as it’s great during the summer, this tent can also safeguard you from the rain.

Dual side entrance doors gives easy access for everyone and there are storage mesh to put your small items in. Since there are 2 doors, there will also be 2 vestibules. The vestibule area is big enough to store your bags and boots.

Price wise, this tent is just nearing the higher than average range. 

Pros

  • Light weight – Easy to carry along and doesn’t take up to much space
  • Minimal to no condensation – there’s a lot of airflow that can help reduce condensation
  • Modern design – Aesthetic and practical
  • Coverage – This tent has full coverage and can be used during the rainy season
  • Price – Although a bit pricey in absolute terms, in relative terms compared to the features and design it is priced well

Cons

  • Small interior – the space inside is enough for two adults to sleep in, not much leg room to go around

Things To Consider When Buying A 2 Person Tent

Size and Weight

Since we are looking at 2-person tents, it should have enough room for a friend or your hiking and camping gear without compromising comfort. You also want to find a tent that has enough space above your head and below your feet. It can be really bothersome if you head keeps touching the top of your tent especially if you’re extremely tall (e.g. 1.8 m and up). The tent should also be wide enough for you to move around as well.

Keep in mind that if you are hiking then you will be lugging the tent in your bag along with your other hiking gear and every bit of weight counts. If your tent is too heavy, you will feel discomfort in your back which will affect your camping experience. If you are camping, then you can afford the luxury of a heavier tent and the benefits that come with that.

Most tents now have light but heavy duty material. The best weight for a hiker would be between 2-3 kgs while 2 person tents for camping can be as heavy as 12kg.

Packing tip: It’s good to put your tent between your sleeping bag and clothes in case you slip during your hike. This will cushion the tent during the fall. 

If you are unsure of the tent size that will suit your needs, you can check out Clever Hiker’s Backpacking & Camping Tent Size Guide.

Durability

You have to make sure that the tent material is not too thin or flimsy. These can’t help withstand extreme conditions. There are several tents that are made of cheap canvas and fabric which will easily tear.

Always make sure to check if the seams has durable stitches and are fully seamed. If the tent isn’t fully seamed, expect water to come in fast.

It’s also essential to check that the floor is waterproof. The floor’s layer should be thick and sealed well.

If you want, you can purchase an additional footprint or tarp. This goes under your tent which will add another layer of protection.

Keep in mind that if you are hiking then you will be lugging the tent in your bag along with your other hiking gear and every bit of weight counts. If your tent is too heavy, you will feel discomfort in your back which will affect your camping experience. If you are camping, then you can afford the luxury of a heavier tent and the benefits that come with that.

Most tents now have light but heavy duty material. The best weight for a hiker would be between 2-3 kgs while 2 person tents for camping can be as heavy as 12kg.

Packing tip: It’s good to put your tent between your sleeping bag and clothes in case you slip during your hike. This will cushion the tent during the fall. 

If you are unsure of the tent size that will suit your needs, you can check out Clever Hiker’s Backpacking & Camping Tent Size Guide.

Doors and Windows

The tent’s door should be easy for you to enter and exit.

There are other tent’s that offer 2 doors. One in the front area of the tent and another at the side. Usually the side entrance is a lot bigger than the front.  This helps when there’s two of you in the tent so that you won’t have to budge if ever someone needs to go in or out.

Windows provide ventilation inside the tent. It can be very stuffy when the doors are closed so it’s good to get a tent with a least 2 windows.

Other tents also have small vents and mesh that help with the air flow especially during humid seasons. You’ll know that there isn’t enough ventilation in the tent if there’s condensation.

Always make sure to check if the seams has durable stitches and are fully seamed. If the tent isn’t fully seamed, expect water to come in fast.

It’s also essential to check that the floor is waterproof. The floor’s layer should be thick and sealed well.

If you want, you can purchase an additional footprint or tarp. This goes under your tent which will add another layer of protection.

Keep in mind that if you are hiking then you will be lugging the tent in your bag along with your other hiking gear and every bit of weight counts. If your tent is too heavy, you will feel discomfort in your back which will affect your camping experience. If you are camping, then you can afford the luxury of a heavier tent and the benefits that come with that.

Most tents now have light but heavy duty material. The best weight for a hiker would be between 2-3 kgs while 2 person tents for camping can be as heavy as 12kg.

Packing tip: It’s good to put your tent between your sleeping bag and clothes in case you slip during your hike. This will cushion the tent during the fall. 

If you are unsure of the tent size that will suit your needs, you can check out Clever Hiker’s Backpacking & Camping Tent Size Guide.

Interior Storage

It’s great to have an extra space to put your bag and other hiking gear in. I personally don’t like that my tent is messy so it’s good to have a tent with pockets inside. This way you can keep everything organized.

You can look for tents that have internal storage and hooks to hang your things.

Other tents offer a vestibule so you where you can put your back pack in. This gives you more space to move around the tent.

Price

When it comes to purchasing a tent, you need to keep in mind that quality is a priority.

I understand not everyone can spend too much for a tent but getting an extremely cheap tent can cost you more in the long run and might put you in danger in case it fails.

Not all cheap tents are low quality though.  Tent features can vary and these affect the prices. Just remember to think about what YOU need for your tent. I often look at coverage and storage features whenever I check out tents.

Our Pick

Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Person Tent Side View

Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Person Tent

4/5

$$

There are a lot of things to consider when buying a new tent. The size, durability, level of protection and comfort are usually at the top of the list. In saying this, I would prefer to buy the The Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Person Hiking tent.

 

The other tents provide good ventilation and coverage but the Alps Mountaineering Zephyr tent tackles this feature more.

 

The size and weight this one checks all the boxes only weighing less than 2kg making it comfortable to carry in your pack.

 

Even with its modern look and particular storage distribution, the Alps tent doesn’t skimp on protection with its waterproof lining.

 

With this conclusion, I’m not expecting everyone to agree with me. We all have our different preferences and all 5 tents had great features. I’m sure they are able to provide great quality to their campers.

 

I hope I was able to help you find the best tent that would suit your needs. Happy Camping!

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