Australia's Best Camping Mattresses of 2021

We’ve shortlisted Australia’s top-rated camping mattresses for all situations, from self-inflating mattresses to air beds and budgets mats.

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With so many beautiful destinations in Australia, it’d be hard to resist taking to the road and just go camping – in the car, on the bike, inside the swag. And now that the Australian market is flooded with highly comfortable camping mats, there’s no reason why you should stay put at home.

Honestly, gone are the days of waking up sore and stiff after a night of camping. Today, there’s a camping mattress for every need in the market. If there’s a luxurious air mattress, there’s also an equally relaxing sleeping mat. If there’s a mat for one, there’s also the option to customise them to fit two travellers. For every thin mattress, there’s a thick mat that can be rolled into a bundle rather compactly. There are swag mattresses that self-inflate and those that operate on the pump. There are all all-weather beds and also beds that can withstand -40C degrees!

No, please don’t get confused with these choices. Our team has reviewed some of the camping mattresses available in Australia and come up with a list that you just can’t beat.

Discover Our Picks: Best Camping Mats in Australia

Check out our top picks below for an in-depth breakdown of each product, and read our comprehensive buyer’s guide for tips on how to determine which mat is right for you.

1. Exped Megamat 10 LXW Camp Mat – Pro Pick

Highlights

The Exped Megamat has all that you want from a bed while camping in the car, swag and caravan – even more. Long and extra-wide, this camp mat combines comfort, luxury, and a space-saving design.

Despite offering 10cm of cushion on inflation, it is still quite compact and light to fit in small spaces. While it expands to give a 197x77cm sleep surface, on packing, it folds back into a 79x25x25cm compact parcel and weighs only 2.6kg. Yes, given the sleeping surface, it can accommodate only one person but the package comes with coupling straps, just in case you plan to join multiple mats together.

As for the comfort, it’s got something for everyone. While the sleeping pad self-inflates, Exped Megamat comes with a mini pump to help the users adjust the comfort level of their mat – from soft to firm and everything in between. That means, this camping mat is great for a multitude of sleepers, those who like to sleep on their side or back or front and even those with back pain. It’s finished with a velvety honeycomb nylon layer that runs edge to edge and reduces any chance of rolling off the side.

On top of being comfortable, it is easy to use. Their innovative Swiss design features two separate valves for easy and quick inflation and deflation as well as to adjust the mat’s firmness. Also included is a carry bag with an adjustable strap for easy transport, and a repair kit for patching leaks on the go. And take this hack: When stuffed with spare clothing, the carry bag doubles up as a pillow.

At $399.95, it might look like an indulgence but don’t forget the fact that it offers a cool 60-day return period, a 5-year warranty, and an R-Value of 8.1, which makes it great for all seasons, even when temperatures fall to –40C!

With an average rating of 4.8 stars from over 800 reviews, users from Australia and worldwide are loving the Exped Megamat 10 LXW Camp Mat that’s available in green and red. On snowys.com.au, Helen from Creswick, Victoria, says that this camping mattress helps her sleep more comfortably than her mattress at home! Other reviewers are singing praises about the easy self-inflation and firmness customisation and also the fact that they can use it in the guest room without worry.

Final verdict: Despite being a more expensive option, users agree Exped Megamat 10 LXW Camp Mat is well worth the money. It makes car camping a breeze and might even make you forget your home bed for many years. Aussies suffering from back pain and also the travel itch can count on it.

2. Zempire Monstamat Single Camp Mat – Editor’s Choice

Highlights

This camping mat is as effective as the Exped Megamat that we discussed above but at far fewer bucks. Priced at only $199.99, the Zempire Monstamat Single Camp Mat marries hardwearing design with sleep-inducing comfort and all-weather insulation.

Built of a Ripstop top and a 75D Poly Pongee base, it is sturdy and resistant to tears and leaks. Plus, the cross-cored open cell foam used in the mat is anti-bacterial and fully bonded, which means, it won’t gather dirt or mildew, and it won’t slip around inside its cover.

In terms of space, the mattress self-inflates to an area of 198x69cm, ample for one person to relax after a day of adventure. Couples can jump in too but by adding coupling straps to double up the sleeping space. This innovation can be folded into a compact size 70x20x20cm and fastened into a carry bag with compression straps, making it convenient for car campers who are short on space.

If you like to go on multi-day road trips, consider investing in Zempire Monstamat Single Camp Mat for it is designed to take care of sore backs. At 3.1kg and 10cm thickness, the Monstamat offers plenty of support for side, back, and front sleepers alike.

That’s not all. Even at $199.99, it lets you try the mat for 60 days before you make the final decision to raise a bill. It’s sold with a 2-year warranty and an R-Value of 9.5, which means, come sunshine or rain, Zempire Monstamat Single Camp Mat will keep you cosy and comfortable.

Don’t take our word on this. Hear it straight from the users on snowys.com.au: Mark from Concord, NSW, writes that he’s looking to get a Zempire Monstamat Single Camp Mat for himself after his wife used it on a four-day trip and found relief from her sore hip. Another user loved the insulating properties of the mat, which kept his family warm even during the winter camping at Kangaroo Valley.

Final Verdict: The Zempire Monstamat Single Camp Mat is a durable, hygienic and affordable option for campers across Australia. While it may be too big for trekking and motorcycle campers, it’s just perfect for car camping.

3. Sea to Summit Ultralight Insulated Sleeping Mat – Best Ultralight Mattress

Highlights

Trekkers, bikers and campers who like to travel light have been singing praises of Sea to Summit Ultralight Insulated mat and for good reason. Weighing a mere 480 grams, this mat packs up into a 23x11x11cm bundle and can easily fit into your pannier or backpack. When put in use, it rolls out to 83x55cm to accommodate one tired traveller and inflates up to 5cm to keep him/her snug all night.

It’s crafted with the utmost care, making use of 30- and 40-denier Ripstop nylon and extrusion TPU lamination, heat reflective silver-coated Exkin® Platinum fabric, and antimicrobial Thermolite insulation. It also comes with an airstream pump, integrated directly into the stuff sack. The pump allows for quick and easy inflation and who wouldn’t like that after back-breaking adventures?

Speaking of durability, rest be assured it’s a tough cookie. To start with, an R-Value of 3.3 makes this mat suitable for every occasion – from spring to summer and fall camping. Then, each mat is individually tested for leaks, tears, or defects before shipping — and is covered by a limited lifetime warranty. And if you do spot a leak, this mat comes with a 3M repair kit so you can fix it immediately and get going with the nap.

An affordable pick for light-campers, this mat of $149.90 comes with a 60-day return window and lifetime warranty, so what’s not to like?

Just what user Patrick from Bargara, Queensland, writes on snowys.com.au:

“This is a very good quality mat. I’ve used it for numerous hikes now throughout Queensland in cold and hot climates, in Central Queensland and SEQ. Most recently I took it on the Overland Track in October, where overnight temperatures reached below zero. This mat is light, warm, comfortable and intelligently designed.”

Final Verdict: Extremely lightweight, durable, and compact, the Sea to Summit Ultralight Insulated Sleeping Mat is true to its name. It gets thumbs-up from lightweight trekkers and motorcycle campers, however, it must be mentioned that some reviewers have found the lightweight fabric to be noisy when used on bunks or other hard surfaces. That aside, the lifetime warranty is a big plus.

4. Zempire Monstamat Twin Self-Inflating Mattress – Best for couples

Highlights

For those who like to snuggle up to their loved ones on their car camping trips, the Monstamat Twin is here to help. It’s a full-length, double size mattress that expands to 201x132cm, offering 10cm of cushioning for all styles of sleepers. What’s more? When packed, it measures 65x30x30cm and weighs 5kg, which is smaller than two single mats — making it ideal for couples and travel-cum-sleep buddies.

The best past? It might be double in size but not in the setup time. Its high-volume valve allows for ultra-fast setup and an easy take-down as you bundle it up in a carry bag with compression strap.

Zempire Monstamat Twin Self-Inflating Mattress has got you covered on other fronts as well. Its luxurious super-stretch Ripstop nylon surface offers plushy comfort and minimal partner disturbance. Its heavy-duty 75D TPU base provides durability while the cross cored foam allows the mat to self-inflate quickly. The fully bonded foam filling also keeps any cold from the chilly floor rising through your mattress at bay and it’s also anti-bacterial by design.

Honestly, there’s no reason for you to worry about the cold. With an R-Value of 9.5, it will insulate you even in subzero temperatures.

This mattress has sadly cut some corners, such as offering a measly 14-day returns window and a 1-year warranty. But we think everything else justifies the price tag of $299.99.

With an average rating of 4.7 stars across 75 online reviews, Zempire Monstamat Twin Self-Inflating Mattress looks like a crowd-favourite. Damien from Adelaide writes on tentworld.com.au that despite having a bad back, this mattress made his three-week car camping trip comfortable and restful - no soreness or stiffness experienced whatsoever.

Final verdict: Zempire Monstamat Twin Self-Inflating Mattress is a perfect buy for Aussie couples and families who love going car camping season after season. Importantly, this mat is more affordable and compact than connecting two single mats together. So if you’re looking to share, or if you love sleeping like a starfish, you can’t go wrong with this.

5. AeroBed Active Air Bed (w/ battery powered pump) – Best Air Mattress for Camping

Highlights

It may be a mattress for outdoors but it can easily rival your bed at home. Made from durable and puncture-resistant non-allergenic PVC with a comfort-flocked velour top, AeroBed Active Air Bed is sure to provide quality shut-eye for many car trips to come. The heavy-duty 18-gauge PVC coil construction ensures that the cushioning is even across the surface, so say bye to that sinking feeling.

A lot is going on with this bed and gladly so. With a rechargeable battery-powered pump, 23cm of cushioning and a built-in pillow, this queen-size (198x152cm) mattress will bring the comforts of your bedroom to Australian outdoors.

Priced attractively at $199.99, the bed comes with a 1-year-warranty while the pump and parts are covered under a warranty of 2 years. Tentworld.com.au gives a 14-day returns period.

What we also like about the AeroBed Active Air Bed is that when you’re not road-tripping, it can serve up as an extra bed for unexpected guests. It rolls into a portable carry bag and can be easily stowed out of sight. However, we can’t overlook the downside – this mattress is not insulated. So while it’s perfect for warmer months and home use, it may be a no-show for winter camping.

Reviewers are loving the breezy setup, quick deflation (only when you want it to!), and how comfortable it is. On Tentworld, Kaz writes that the rechargeable pump inflated the mattress sooner than he could open his first beer, and would recommend this product to anyone for a restful sleep.​

Final verdict: AeroBed Active Air Bed is as luxurious outdoors as it is inside the four walls. That’s a big tick for us, also the fact that it is a full-size mattress, good to accommodate couples, bed buddies and young siblings. The ease of setup is really the cherry on the cake. Sadly, it’s not suitable for all seasons, so think through your camping habits before placing the order.

6. Mountain Equipment Helium 3.8 Warm Zone Sleeping Mat – Best Budget

Highlights

Not all good things in life are expensive, such as the Mountain Equipment Helium 3.8 Warm Zone Sleeping Mat. Priced at $75 with free shipping, this mat is terrific by all means.

At only 750 grams and with a packed size of 27x16cm, this camping mat is great for backpack and motorcycle campers, for whom the space and weight of their baggage are of key importance. This mat self-inflates via a large push-in valve, leaving you with a bed space of 183x51cm and cushioning of 3.8cm.

Fabricated from 75D polyester, the top is micro-brushed for comfort while the base is non-slip

and reinforced for durability. It has an R-Value of 2.8, which makes it ideal for year-round use. We must make it clear that it isn’t apt for camping under extremely cold temperatures but it can fight chilly vibes to an extent. Mountain Equipment Helium 3.8 Warm Zone Sleeping Mat has strategically placed high-density foam along the torso to keep the cold ground from getting to you.

Not only does it cost you just $75, it offers free shipping, a 100-day returns period and a 3-year warranty. If this is not a steal deal, we don’t know what is.

With 4+ star ratings from over 75 reviews, users are loving the insulating foam as well as how compact and portable this mat is.

Final verdict: For motorcycle and backpack campers on a budget, we are sure the Mountain Equipment Helium 3.8 Warm Zone Sleeping Mat will keep you snug and not allow heat to be lost through the floor of your tent. For just $75! Yes, but there is a limitation. Since this mattress is quite thin, it won’t suit side sleepers or people on the heavier side of weighing scale.

Buyer’s Guide: Factors to Consider When Buying a Camping Mattress

When looking to buy a camping mattress, there’s a lot to think about — from the size and weight of the bed to the insulation and inflation methods it offers. Count yourself lucky because our team has compiled a comprehensive list of important factors that will help you get blissful sleep no matter you are travelling to.

Type of Mattress

There are several different varieties of camping mattresses and pads in the market. Take a look. 

Air mattresses

For the ultimate comfort while camping inside a car, traditional air mattresses remain the go-to choice.

Available in the size and thickness of the mattress at your home, air mattresses (like the AeroBed listed above) provide enough room to relax and cushioning for every sleeping position. They can also double up as a spare bed at your home or in cabins and caravans.

Sleeping mats

Most of the items in our list fall into this category. That’s because sleeping mats are a good all-round option and can be used for everything from backpacking to motorcycle trips and car camping. The downside being, they are thinner than air mattresses and are mostly available in single size and only occasionally as double-wide.

Size and Weight

Storage size

For those with space or load restrictions, the size and weight of the sleeping pad can make or break the trip. If you’re car camping with ample space and if comfort is your priority, then choose from the larger, heavier and cosier options. Backpack and motorcycle campers, however, should aim for ultra-light pads as these will keep your baggage light.

Size in use

The ideal size of your inflated mattress will depend on your sleeping position, personal preference and whether or not you’ll be sharing your bed with another person. While most sleeping mats are single-, double- and queen-sized mattress options available for couples, starfish sleepers, and families.

For campers and hikers who travel solo, a single mattress will do. And if you do end up needing a larger mat, many companies sell coupling straps to join two singles to form a double bed.

Thickness

Your sleeping position, body weight, and travelling preferences will decide what thickness of mat you should invest in. Sample these scenarios. 

Those who sleep on their back or front will find thinner pads comfortable as there will be a lesser chance of shoulder and hip soreness. Conversely speaking, side sleepers will love thicker pads. 

If you are larger or heavier than average, a thicker sleeping pad will lend more support.

If you are planning on camping on a rocky hill, a thicker or mid-range mat will keep the bumps at bay.

Insulation and R-Value

Winter camping is popular in Australia and purchasing a warm sleeping pad will ease out the chills emanating from the ground. In this regard, many pads and mattresses are assigned an ‘R-Value’ to indicate their insulating properties. For summer and warm-weather camping, an R-Value of 1-2 will suffice. For spring, summer, and fall camping, a 2-4 rating will offer versatility. For winter camping, when temperatures fall below the freezing point, an R-Value of 4 or above is highly recommended.

Inflation method

Lastly, you want to be sure of how easily you can set up your camping mattress. While many thinner pads are designed to be self-inflating and anti-microbial to allow for safe breath inflation, thicker pads and air mattresses generally require a manual or power pump.

Your ideal inflation method will depend largely on the space available with you. If you are camping in a small car or on your motorcycle or backpacking in the wild, a self-inflating or breath pad is recommended. And for those who have more space, thicker mattresses with manual or even power pumps can offer both ease of set-up and a more comfortable sleeping surface.

Wrapping Up

And this concludes our Australia’s best camping mattress guide. Hopefully, you could find the right mat for your needs but if you didn’t feel free to drop your questions below. We’ll get back to you promptly.

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