Our Journey | Breathe Bell Tents Australia

‘The bell tent holds within it a heady mix of glamour and earthy rusticity. A rich history spanning continents, wars and civil use.’

There’s nothing new about the bell tent, the original design has been around for more than 150 years and this alone testament to the awesomeness of this amazing simple, stunning and practical design.

Growing up in West Wales we had a bell tent, second hand from the Second World War, made from thick heavy canvas, no groundsheet and a thick, wooden central pole.

Now, more than 70 years old, this bell tent is still in working condition and still being used!

Initially used on family road trips to and from Italy then as young girls we’d pitch the tent in the garden for sleepovers as an extension to the house in summer and as teenagers, this same tent, traveled with us to music festivals and beyond.

The bell tent has been a backdrop to my life.

Fast forward to Australia 2011 and wanting to adventure with a family of my own, a bell tent was the only tent I wanted, but no one was importing them to Australia!

With this niche in the market, Breathe Bell Tents was born.

My personal love affair with the bell tent started as a baby, when my parents traveled from Wales to Italy, with a bell tent, in a yellow Fiat 500 named Buttercup…

Breathe Bell Tents was founded with the love of adventure in mind, the desire for location freedom so we can explore and travel with our family and as a service to enable others to do the same.

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A ‘mumpreneur’ business, Breathe Bell Tents was founded by Lucy, a mother of two boys, a passionate adventurer and camper, with a background in costume design and set production for theatre, film, TV and events and also a stint as buyer for a concept store in Milan.

Operating out of Maroubra Beach, conveniently placed with green space where bell tents can demonstrated, prepped and cleaned.

A fantastic team of contractors and a fantastic distribution warehouse, Breathe Bell Tents operates distributing bell tents across Australia and the globe.

We’re passionate about our product and believe in classical, tasteful, quality, long lasting products that will stand the test of time.

Breathe Bell tents was founded with the love of adventure and exploring with my family in mind, with the goal of location freedom and as a service to help others do the same :)

Our favourite moments are those spent in nature with our bell tent and our loved ones. These are the moments we cherish.

xxx Lucy | Breathe Bell Tents Australia Established Jan 2014

Merged with CanvasCamp Australia July 1st 2023

A brief history of the bell tent:

The bell tent was Originally designed by Henry Hopkins Sibley, following research carried out studying the Native American Tipi in America.

Sibley patented his design in 1858.

Bell tents or ‘Sibley Tents’ were used by the Anzacs and the British Army in Australia during World War One. Photographic evidence suggests that Australian Sibley-pattern tents were used a great deal in Australia between 1880’s and the 1940’s.

The simple conical design has evolved over the years to what it is today: a lightweight, practical and stylish tent that can be erected by one person, in less than ten minutes.

Engineers in Australia bell tents were used as temporary accomodation

Our bell tents have been rigorously tested in the harsh Australian climate. They withhold thunder and lightning, and remain watertight even after prolonged rainfall. We use a heavy duty canvas selected specifically to  withstand the harsh Australian sunshine.

Once you’ve sampled a bell tent you will not look back.

Wonderful memories will be created for anyone who spends time in one.

Bell tent 3m diameter Bell Tent Blue Mountains, Sibley tent, canvas tent, glamping, festival tent

Our bell tents are designed to the highest of standards and our range ensures there’s a tent to suit your needs. Whether you’re heading up a river in a canoe, carrying a tent across a field to a festival, or driving onto a camp site.

Feel free to email your specific personal requirements and we will assist you in your decision.

Bell Tent 5m diameter Ultimate Bell Tent lightweight canvas. Family tent. Ideal for glamping and general camping.

Live | Love | Breathe | Adventure

We love receiving feedback from our customers:

“Thank you for your excellent service, my bell tent arrived within days of ordering. It is an amazing design with quality canvas and zips. I absolutely love it.

Ideal for Tasmanian climate, (no condensation inside walls as was the problem with polyester tents). Handles wind and rain better than any tent I have used in the past.”

“Love, the charm and elegance of our Breathe Bell Tent!
We purchased our bell tent as an alternative sleepover arrangement for our daughters. The chandelier is beautiful and creates a dreamy fairy-like atmosphere, they love it! 
Because it is so spacious and easy to set-up, we used it again shortly after for a family reunion. Folding the sides up during the day allowed a soft breeze through and stopped the tent from heating up and the mesh kept the bugs and insects out. 
Highly recommend Breathe Bell Tents, fantastic customer service and products!”