Outback Campers Australia Tanami: Review

By: Peter Quilty, Photography by: Nathan Jacobs

Meet the Outback Tanami – a good-value, rear-fold softfloor offroader.

During this year’s Easter break, my wife Meredyth and I had the opportunity to take the Tanami offroader – the largest and most outfitted member of Outback Campers Australia’s (OCA) camper fleet – for an extended test. We travelled to Shepparton, Vic, and spent a leisurely week exploring the surrounding area.

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So I was pleased to get reacquainted with the Tanami when we towed it to the Mornington Peninsula, Vic, to shoot the photos for this review.

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I’m not one for a fiddly set up, and the fully Australian-made Tanami gets my vote with a gas strut-assisted tent frame for quick erection. The operation is made all the easier when the gas strut assisted tailgate drops down to form steps up to the bed.


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I towed the Tanami with a new press vehicle – a Toyota HiLux 2.8 D4D – and it travelled like a dream. The camper’s 1100kg Tare had the SR5 4X4 double-cab pick-up, with its 2.8L turbodiesel auto engine, not even raising a sweat. And I doubt it would have been troubled even if we had the total 500kg payload on board.

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OCA has options available for the Tanami including side walls; annexe walls; flywire walls; clear PVC camper windows; clear PVC annexe window; rear bedroom; shadecloth tent mat; shadecloth awning mat; 12V LED Velcro strip lights; Joolca hot water shower; second gas bayonet for barbecue/shower; swing-over boat rack; registration (Vic only).


Based in Carrum Downs, Vic, OCA’s Ben Coulson said the unique feature of the Tanami is that it is a rear-fold walk-in camper. "The tailgate folds down on struts to provide an area that you can comfortably stand in. A further set of steps, which also doubles as two storage drawers (1100x500x250mm) makes getting on to the bed a dream".

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And I can vouch for that, and will hasten to add that the elevated sleeping quarters is like snoozing among the stars. The camper-queen-size bed, with a 4in innerspring mattress, also has a gas strut-assisted storage hatch, and there are three large flywire windows with one external blind.

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I was also impressed with the internal floor area (1850x3000mm) – while tent space in a hardfloor camper can be too cosy, this one accommodated our 16-year-old son Patrick while we were in Shepparton. Obviously, I got a clearer picture of its dimensions sans his clutter and muddle!


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The Tanami really tickled my fancy – at Shepparton and at Shoreham. It serves up an ace in functionality, style and sturdiness that is apparent at camp and on tow.



  • Staircase to the sleeping quarters
  • Massive floor area
  • Abundant internal storage
  • Fast and effortless set up


  • Limited kitchen storage

Check out the full feature in issue #103 August 2016 of Camper Trailer Australia magazine. Subscribe today for all the latest camper trailer news, reviews and travel inspiration.