Kangaroo Tent City and BBQs

News & Events, Product Days, Trade Shows

Next Show coming up is the Rosehill Caravan, Camping and RV Supershow - at Rosehill Racecourse in Sydney - from Sat 11th April to Sun 19th April


Come visit us at the Penrith Caravan, Camping, Holiday and RV Show

Starting Friday 5th September at Penrith Panthers, Mulgoa Rd Penrith, Kangaroo Tent City has hundreds of great products on sale at the show.  Camping furniture, tents, kayaks, cooking equipment, bedding and more.  Dont miss the launch of the new 2015 range of Cool Water Kayaks at the show, including the new Cool Water Octopus Childrens Kayaks in bright new colours, the new Cool Water Marlin Canoe built to hold up to 600kg, and the new Cool Water Cruise Stand Up Paddle Board.  Visit Kangaroo Tent City on stand number 173 at the show.  Closes Sunday 7th Sept at 4pm.

Mining Companies in WA use Kangaroo Tent City to set up mining exploration camp sites

Mining company Sheffield Resources is doing some exploration work in the Kimberley region of WA and have chosen tents from Kangaroo Tent City for the project.  Chris Wilson has chosen the Campmor Safari Bow tents for their staff accommodation in the region.  The area is so remote and the ground so rock hard, the tents have to be anchored using sandstone blocks as shown, even though these tents are supplied with solid spring steel pegs.

"I am impressed with the quality of the tents in materials used and construction.  We have had gusty strong winds throughout the month as well as fires and the tents stand strong.  In the exploration and resources industry, it is imperative that our equipment can withstand extremely harsh conditions and I have full confidence that your Campmor tents will be with us for many seasons to come ". Says Chris Wilson.  Field Services Supervisor.

Kangaroo Tent City and BBQ's Wins Tender Contract for Taronga Zoo


Kangaroo Tent City and BBQs have won the tender contract to produce 5 star canvas tents for Taronga Zoo, Dubbo's Zoofari Campout Experience.  For a number of years, the Zoo at Dubbo has offered guests luxury tent accommodation and a unique overnight experience to view and feed the animals behind the scenes.  The Zoofari experience has proven to be a huge success for the Zoo, attracting both domestic and international guests alike to this unique landscape.

So much so that the Zoo has decided to significantly expand the Zoofari experience - the $1.5M project offers 10 more boutique tent sites and presents a unique upmarket experience for guests - each tent offers a luxurious bed, furniture and linen, ensuite bathrooms, air conditioning, and an undercover timber deck out the front with expansive views of African animals wandering the plains each morning.  The architecturally designed tent sites offer a unique 5 star experience not seen in Australia before.  Kangaroo Tent City and BBQ's have manufactured the tents in Sydney to meet the exact design specifications required for each site, requiring precision and accuracy.   "Guests will be suitably pampered, and enjoy an African Safari style experience" says Justin Kerley, Managing Director of Kangaroo Tent City and BBQ's.

Trek Larapinta Choose Diamantina Tents for Central Australian Tours

Trek Larapinta are a reputable Central Australian Tour Company with vast experience in domestic tourism and the use of camping related equipment in harsh outback environments.  Richard and his company need equipment that will last the distance in the harsh conditions.  For 2 years now Richard Mayne has chosen to use equipment supplied by Kangaroo Tent City and BBQ's for his tour Company.

"Trek Larapinta operates walking tours in the West MacDonnell Ranges which is a harsh desert environment, it is tough going for our trekkers boots and very tough on the tents that we use.  In previous years we have used a variety of tents at our semi-permanent camp sites and with the harsh UV and constant use, these other tents have not handled the environment and have lasted in some cases less than 2 months.  Our Company purchased Diamantina Canvas tents through Kangaroo Tent City and BBQ's, in particular the Safari Bow Tents last year and used them at both of our campsites for the LArapinta Trail season (March-September) and in a word they are supurb.  They are easy to erect, offer huge amounts of space, have stood up to cyclonic winds/rain/hail and have not deteriorated at all after standing in harsh desert sunlight for 6 months.  The Campmor Bow Tent is a class above anything else in the market and we (and our guests) look forward to enjoying them for decades to come."

Richard Mayne, Managing Director, Trek Larapinta

El Questro Wilderness Park choose Diamantina Canvas Tents

El Questro Wilderness Park are a unique and remote outback station in Northern Territory with beautiful landscape views stetching as far as the eye can see.  El Questro approached Kangaroo Tent City and BBQs to assist with recommendations for tents to use for remote wilderness accommodation for their guests.  They eventually chose the Diamantina Villa 12'x9' canvas tent for their needs and they couldnt be happier.  Each tent offers beds for two people in a simple but beautiful wilderness environment.  El Questro have been very impressed with the performance and durability of these tents and have expanded their offer to provide more tented accommodation for their quests.

"The tents were fantastic they with held a very hot season for us and to my knowledge did not fade. The quality of the tents show little wear and tear as to be expected but we will be able to put them up again this year for our guests to use when they are sick of using their own camping equipment and want to sleep in a real bed for a night or so." said Amy Norup, Purchasing Officer.


Kangaroo Tent City Help Taronga Zoo build the new "Billabong Camp"

Kangaroo Tent City and BBQ's have supplied Dubbo Zoo with semi-permanent tents for a number of years to accommodate their overnight "Roar and Snoar" accommodation.  The Zoo has also expanded on this offer to now have set up a new education centre with a brand new "Billabong Camp".  60 Tents supplied by Kangaroo Tent City and BBQ's have been set up with timber decks around a purpose built Billabong at the Zoo with other amenities suchas toilets, showers and a BBQ area.  This facility is a terriffic addition to the Zoo to cater for tour groups and school groups to run overnight educational camps at the zoo.  The tents chosen by the Zoo are the Campmor Safari Bow Tents - they remain permanently set up around the "Billabong Camp" to create a unique camping setting within the Zoo for guests.

If you have an idea for a semi-permanent campsite, come talk to us and we will advise you on the best products for the job.

Wangi Point Lakeside Holiday Park set up Semi-Permanent Tent Sites

Chris and Jennie from Wangi Point Lakeside Holiday Park near Newcastle in NSW have worked with Kangaroo Tent City and BBQ's to set up semi-permanent camp sites for their guests.  These are unique canvas tents exclusive to Kangaroo Tent City and BBQ's that can be left up permanently.  They are built on timber decks, and offer a comfortable double bed with linen, with patio furniture and dining furniture in the extension.  These semi-permanent tent sites offer a unique camping experience in the holiday park for guests to enjoy, without the need to bring their own tent and set up or pack up.

This is a very cost effective and simple way for holiday park owners to offer a unique tent accommodation experience for their guests without the hassle of set up and transporting gear.  There is no council approval to set up the tent sites.  "The tents have proven to be really popular with great feedback from our guests" says Jennie.

Contact Kangaroo Tent City and BBQ's if you would like to explore the possibilities in your holiday park.

Kangaroo Tent City help Cockatoo Island expand "Glamping" offer

Cockatoo Island Camp Ground on Sydney Harbour is one of the most beautiful camping sites in the world and has become a very popular tourism hotspot in Sydney for both domestic and international guests alike.  Where else can you camp overnight with a million dollar view of one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, and an uninterupted view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  Kangaroo Tent City and BBQs have been instrumental in assisting Cockatoo Island to build their camp ground offer, by providing a unique range of canvas tents and camping equipment that are set up permanently to suit the environment.  Cockatoo Island camp ground has been operating successfully for over 3 years, with tent accommodation for over 200 guests per night, sleeping in commercial grade canvas tents provided by Kangaroo Tent City that can sleep 2-3 people in each.

Recently Cockatoo Island have experimented by offering a new "Glamping Package".  This offers tent accommodation with multiple rooms to suit families, and a more luxurious sleeping option that includes linen and beds that are off the ground.  Kangaroo Tent City and BBQs have provided valuable guidance and have supplied all the tents and equipment needed.  These new "Glamping Sites" have proven very popular since their trial over 6 months ago.  So much so that Cockatoo Island have decided to expand the number of "Glamping Sites" available for their guests.  "After exhaustive research, Kangaroo Tent City and BBQs have provided us with the best canvas tents to suit our needs.  These tents are set up permanently and Cockatoo Island can be a harsh environment on tents.  These tents have out lasted everything else we have tried", says David Johnson, Accommodation Manager on Cockatoo Island.

Kangaroo Tent City assist Kyle and JackieO in the Amazing Race

Kyle and JackieO in conjunction with Channel 7 have brought to Sydney Kyle and Jackie O’s Amazing Race, along with a few Channel 7 celebritys.  Kangaroo Tent City were called to help set up and judge the Amazing Race Campout Competiton as part of the Amazing Race. The campsite included a Diamantina Escape Mono Tent, 2 x Diamantina Folding Chairs, Diamantina folding clothes line (with a pair of nickers swinging in the breeze), Coleman air bed, Coleman Double Action pump, Coleman Eventemp 3 Burner Gas Stove, Diamantina Dura Tuff Personal Table.  Teams had to compete in setting up a campsite correctly to receive their next clue.  Those who competed were Kyle & JackieO, Team Tubby with 2Day FM Content Director Derek ‘DB’ Bargwanna and producer Matt Simpson, producers Gemma O’Neill & Kim ‘the Fringe’ Czosnek, newbie Velma & Nick ‘Pretty’ Cervetto, Team Got Talent (Brian McFadden and Vogue) or Team Commando (Dan Ewing and George Houvardas).

Kangaroo Tent City and BBQs at Penrith Destroyed By Fire

On the evening of November 2nd 2010, Kangaroo Tent City and BBQs store at Penrith was burnt to the ground in an unfortunate fire that destroyed the building and all its contents within 1 hour.  Nothing was salvaged from the fire and over $15 million dollars worth of damage was done.  Thankfully no one was hurt or injured and the rescue teams and police did an outstanding job to contain the blaze and protect people.  The cause of the fire was inconclusive, but investigations resulted in the likely cause being an electrical fault in a roller door motor.  It was a devistating blow to Kangaroo Tent City and BBQs, who had occupied the premises for 18 years.


Kangaroo Tent City staff brave "The Perfect Storm" to test tents


On Tuesday 22nd September 2009, a team of Kangaroo Tent City staff began their outdoor product training camp to test and learn about new products. A total of 86 tents were set up, and during the day staff enjoyed some fishing, kayaking across to the island, and gained valuable experience in setting up tents correctly, and further training on tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, camping furniture, head lamps, lanterns and gas equipment. We weren't aware that one of the biggest wind and dust storms in Sydneys history was about to hit.

Overnight Sydney experienced flashing lightning, pouring rain, and howling wind. By 5am on Wednesday morning, Sydney was engulfed in orange dust, blown by 100 km per hour winds from outback Australia, leaving the whole city sky with an eerie orange glow. The airport was closed, Sydney Ferries were shut down and city buildings, homes and cars were covered in orange dust, the likes of which had never been experienced before.

After a night of very little sleep, Kangaroo Tent City staff awoke to inspect the damage. Amazingly every tent was still in tact, no damage, a testament to the quality of the products and the skill in which they were set up and managed throughout the night. However the wind did not ease all day, creating extra challenges and forcing us to continue training inside the shelter of the solid Diamantina Sheraton Majestic 3 room canvas tent. Eventually we had to finish the training early, as the conditions were so extreme we could not paddle our kayaks back to shore.

This was the perfect opportunity to test the performance of our tents in the harshest conditions possible. By Wednesday afternoon only 3 tents had been damaged from a total of 86 tents that were set up during the storm. The damage was broken fibreglass poles in the polyester dome tents, and two of these breakages occurred when packing the tents down, when guy ropes were removed in gale force winds, creating added force on the poles.

We all made it off the island safely, with very little damage to product, and perhaps a little more red dust in our hair than we would have anticipated. The conditions were extremely harsh and difficult, however the positive experience gained by our team was priceless. This training camp will be the topic of camping stories for years to come, and our camping expertise has benefited enormously from the experience.

The conditions proved to us once again that our range of tents are some of the best in the industry, able to withstand the most extreme conditions.

Disaster relief in 2005 - Kangaroo Tent City Assists with Earthquake in Pakistan

In 2005 a massive earthquake near Islamabad in Pakistan killed thousands of people and wiped out entire communities and villages leaving them nothing. This occurred just before winter leaving thousands of people homeless and without warmth to fight the cold temperatures. A request for tents, blankets and clothing was sent out worldwide and Kangaroo Tent City responded by supplying the Edhi Foundation in Sydney with thousands of blankets and tents to be sent to Pakistan. Click here to read the newsletter.

Trade Shows

Kangaroo Tent City and BBQs have been an active participant at many events and shows in the Caravan and Camping industry in all the major states across Australia for a number of years.  We are members of the Caravan, Camping Industry Association of NSW (CCIA) and the Caravan and Recreational Vehicle Association of Australia (CRVA) - both of these organisations actively promote the caravan and camping industries across Australia and host major promotional events. Here is a list of the Caravan and Camping Shows we are considering attending this year.

Newcastle Caravan and Camping Show - February

Illawarra Caravan and Camping Show - February

Victorian Caravan and Camping Show

Perth Caravan and Camping Show - Claremont Showground

NSW Caravan, Camping, RV and Holiday Supershow - Rosehill Racecourse - April

Maitland Caravan, Camping and 4WD Show - Maitland Showground - May

Brisbane Caravan and Camping Show - RNA Showground - June

Mid North Coast Caravan and Camping Show - Wauchope Showground - August

Dubbo Caravan and Camping Show - September

Penrith Caravan and Camping Show - September

Batemans Bay Caravan and Camping Show - Batemans Bay Showground - November