9 beach tents and sun shelters for summer

Sunnylife Beach Umbrella

Summers are made for beach adventures with our babes, but even serious sun-lovers need a shady place to cool off out of the sizzling Aussie sun. Beach tents and sunshades are the perfect way to protect you and your family from the sun’s harsh rays while spending a day by the waves.

Whether it’s a beach umbrella, a sleek beach shade or a beach tent the whole tribe can hang out in, sun shelters are a great place to relax, eat ice cream and prepare for the next sandcastle challenge. And to help you find the perfect one, we’ve rounded a selection of the best options in the country.

What to consider when buying a beach tent or umbrella

Land & Sea sun umbrella

With so many options out there, it can be hard to know where to start when looking for the ultimate sun shelter for the fam. Here are some considerations that will help you narrow down your search.

Size: The size of the beach tent or umbrella depends on its purpose. Is it purely for sun protection during the hottest part of the day? Or are you looking for a sun shelter that can provide space and storage for sunny day trip essentials like beach towels and pool toys?

Privacy: There’s no better place for bare little bots than at the beach. But for us big kids, a little privacy while changing, reading or sleeping is a big plus. If privacy is an important factor for you, look for beach tents with side panels and front openings that can be closed shut if needed.

Material: The Australian sun is incredibly harsh on our skin. To keep you and your family sun-safe, look for a beach tent or sun shelter made from fabric with a high UPF. This will provide both UVA and UVB protection.

Accessories: Some beach tents require tent pegs or poles for assembly. Check if these are included before purchasing. And if the beach tent or umbrella comes with its own carry bag, even better!

Ease of assembly: The last thing anyone wants to do when arriving at the beach is to spend an hour assembling a shelter – especially on scorching sand! Look for an umbrella or beach tent will minimal parts and an easy set-up system so that you and the kids can hit the waves in a flash.


10 beach tents and sun shelters

To help you find the best beach shade for you and your family, we’ve compiled this handy list of awesome Aussie brands to get you started in your search. In no particular order, they are:

Byron Bay Beach Shades

Best Beach Tents: Byron Bay Beach Shades

Byron Bay Beach Shade ($164)

Made from waterproof and tear-resistant fabric, these handy beach shades come in cool nautical stripes and tropical prints for a serious dose of beachy chic. With a certified UPF50+, they’ll keep you and your beach-loving babes safe in the sun.


For Sun Play

Best Beach Tents: For Sun Play

For Sun Play Beach Tent ($199)

This beauty can be assembled and packed down in mere seconds. Zip the front, side and back up for privacy, or roll them down to take in the magnificent views. It comes with tent pegs for stability in winds and a multi-purpose backpack.


Sunnylife

Best Beach Tents and Sun Shelters: Sunnylife Beach Umbrella

Sunnylife Beach Umbrella ($89.95)

Stunningly beautiful, these beach umbrellas have UPF 30 sun protection and a 360-degree tilt function for escaping the heat. They even come with their own carry bag with handle for easy pack-and-run fun at the beach.


Land & Sand Essentials

Beach Tents: Land and Sand Essentials

Land & Sand Essentials Recycled Beach Umbrella ($249)

Designed with sustainability and style in mind, these beautiful beach umbrellas have you and the Earth covered. They feature a canopy made from recycled plastic bottles and hidden pockets inside the beach umbrella canopy.


Life!

Life! retro beach tent

Life! Airlie Sun Shelter ($99.95)

This beach shelter doesn’t have a base or ground cover which is genius! It means the kids can play in the sand in the shade safely because it is tested to a UPF50+ rating to block 98% of harmful UV rays.


Bamboo Bungalow

Beach Tents: Bamboo Bungalow

Bamboo Bungalow Beach Umbrellas ($259)

From flamingos to fruit salad, these summer-loving beach umbrellas come with huge tropical vibes. Each features UPF50+ fabric for the ultimate in sun protection, and has a two-metre canopy shade with fabulous fringing.


Wanderer

Wanderer Beach Tent

Wanderer St Kilda Beach Shelter ($99.99)

Boasting roll up window panels to adjust airflow and sunlight, this sun shelter has it all. Complete with UPF50+ sun protection, sand pockets for stability and a handy carry bag, it’s ready and waiting to hit the sand dunes.


Cancer Council

Cancer Council Beach tent

Cancer Council Pop-up Cabana ($99.95)

Offering superb UPF50+ protection for the whole family, this cool blue cabana is perfect for long days at the beach and playdates in the park. It features a patented pop-up design that means no assembly and it folds away easily into a carry bag.

 


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