The 17 best beach tents and sun shelters for summer

Best beach tents and sun shelters

Beach adventures are way more fun when there’s a shady spot to cool off, eat an ice-cream, and prepare for the next sandcastle challenge.

We asked the Mum’s Grapevine members to recommend the best beach tents available and these are the brands they recommend.

Lovin’ Summer Beach Tent

Best Beach Tent: Rio Beach Tent

Lovin’ Summer Beach Tent ($179): A cotton canvas wonder, the gorgeous beach tent can be put up by one person in mere moments.

Basil Bangs Beach Umbrella

Best Beach Tent: Basil Bangs Beach Umbrellas

Basil Bangs Beach Umbrella (from $299): Go old school with a cool retro-styled beach umbrella. This umbrella has a hinge to angle it against the sun and can be folded in half and packed in its carry bag.


Best Beach Tent: Sport Brella

The Sport-Brella (from $59.95): Part umbrella, part tent. Lay it on its side and fold out the ‘wings’ or use it above when the sun is directly overhead. It’s also rainproof, ideal for sporting events and music festivals all year round.

Elwood Beach Umbrella

Best Beach Tent: Elwood Beach Umbrella

Elwood Beach Umbrella ($79.95): UV resistant with an air vent for keeping the breeze cool this beauty is retro-chic for the beach or garden.

Kathmandu Retreat Beach Shelter

Kathmandu Family Beach Shelter

Kathmandu ‘Retreat’ Beach Shelter ($159.98): With an extendable floor that also zips up for use as a change room, this is more than just a beach shelter. Clever!

Sombrilla Beach Shelter


Sombrilla Beach Shelter ($169): These breezy cotton beach shelters can be angled against the sun – and look pretty gorgeous too!

Vienna Woods Sun Umbrella

Vienna Woods Sun Umbrella

Vienna Woods Sun Umbrella ($220): Stand out in the beach crowd with an immensely beautiful beach umbrella that can be made tall or short.

Comocean Flounder Beach Shelter

Anaconda Beach Shelter
Comocean Flounder Beach Shelter ($19.99): A cheap and cheerful option that’s easy peasy to set up and take down.

Caribee Rapid Sun Shelter

Caribee Sun Shelter
Caribee Rapid Sun Shelter ($79.99): A super quick solution that takes about one second to pop up. The perfect place for a couple of kiddiewinks to grab some shade.

SunnyLife Beach Umbrella

Best Beach Tent: Sunnylife Beach Umbrella

SunnyLife Beach Umbrella ($89.95): Stunningly beautiful, these umbrellas come with their own carry bag with handle for easy pack-and-run fun on the beach.

Cancer Council Cabana

Cancer Council Beach Cabana

Cancer Council’s beach cabana (from $99.95): Offering UPF50+ protection for the whole family.

Byron Bay Beach Shades

Best Beach Tent: Byron Bay Beach Life Beach Shade

Byron Bay Beach Shades ($169): Made from waterproof and tear-resistant fabric, these handy beach shades come in cool nautical stripes for beachy chic.

Wanderer Torquay Beach Shelter

Best Beach Tent: Wanderer Torquay Beach Shelter

Wanderer Torquay Beach Shelter ($109): The handy floor extension on this beach shelter pins up to give the kids some privacy when they’re getting changed (or snoozing!).

Maxi Tento

Best Beach Tent: Maxi Tento large family beach shelter

Maxi Tento ($159.95): No stakes, no worries! The attached sand stabilisers make the huge  Maxi Tento a cinch to set up, in a bunch of different configurations.

Coleman Event Sun Shelter

Best Beach Tent: Coleman sun shelter

Coleman Event 14 Sun Shelter ($329.95): For those who like ultimate comfort. This sun shelter is s roomy, pretty much everyone will be able to stand underneath.

Beach Tent with Awning

Beach tent with awning

Pop-up Beach Tent ($89.95): There’s even more shade on offer with this clever tent that features an awning at the front.

Ginger and Gilligan Beach Tipi

Ginger & Gilligan Beach Tipi

Ginger & Gilligan Beach Tipi ($249.95): Every boho beach babe needs a handmade, hand-dyed tipi. We love!

Continue your search for the best beach tent

Searching for the best beach tent and still not sure if any of these are right for you? Continue your search online by jumping into one of our closed Baby groups and ask thousands of other Australian mums what they recommend – ‘What to buy’ is the most talked-about topic, followed by MIL vents!

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