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Waterproof Tarps: Your Reliable Outdoor Companion

Whether you’re venturing into the great outdoors or simply need a protective cover for your equipment, a waterproof tarp is an indispensable companion. In this article, we’ll discuss the benefits of using waterproof tarpaulins, how to set them up and their best applications.

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Camping Tarp Benefits

Our camping tarpaulins are made from high-quality materials for longevity and reliability in various outdoor conditions. We make our Camping Tarps from Australian made Canvacon, which is a waterproof, light weight and strong PE material that comes with a 3-year UV warranty.

Set-Up Instructions

Setting up a base tarp is a relatively straightforward process. We recommend following these steps to ensure a secure and stable setup:

  1. Choose a flat surface and clear any debris that may cause damage to the tarp.
  2. Lay the tarp out flat and ensure all corners are aligned.
  3. Attach the tarp to anchor points using ropes, bungee cords or straps, pulling the material tight to prevent sagging. All our tarps include a sewn rope hem and reinforced eyelets, ensuring they remain stable in extreme weather conditions.
  4. If using poles or stakes, insert them through the tarp’s grommets and secure them into the ground, ensuring the tarp remains taut.
  5. Double-check that all corners and edges are secure, and the tarp is properly tensioned.

Ideal For Camping, Hiking And More

Our waterproof tarps are incredibly versatile and can be used for various activities, including camping and hiking. They can serve as a groundsheet, a makeshift shelter or a protective cover for your equipment. Waterproof tarps are also ideal for emergency situations, providing a temporary shelter from rain, wind or snow.

Choosing the Right Size

To choose the right size for your waterproof tarp, consider the following factors:

Intended Use

The size of your tarp should be based on the specific application it will be used for. For example, a larger tarp may be required for a family camping trip, while a smaller tarp may suffice for solo hiking adventures.

Coverage Area

Determine the area you want to cover and choose a tarp size that can accommodate this space. It’s always better to opt for a slightly larger tarp to ensure adequate coverage.


If you plan to use your tarp for activities such as hiking or camping, choose a lightweight, compact size for easy transport.

Maintenance For Long-Term Use

Proper care and maintenance can significantly extend the lifespan of your waterproof tarp. Here are our tips to keep your tarp in top condition:

  • Clean your tarp regularly using a soft brush and mild soap, ensuring all dirt and debris are removed.
  • Avoid folding or storing the tarp when it is wet or damp, as this can lead to mould or mildew.
  • Inspect your tarp for any damage or wear, repairing any minor issues as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
  • Store your tarp in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent UV damage and degradation.
  • When not in use, fold or roll your tarp neatly, taking care not to crease or puncture the material, and store it in a protective bag or container.

Ready to invest in a high-quality waterproof tarp that can handle the challenges of the Australian outdoors? Browse our selection today and experience the unbeatable protection and durability that only Darling Downs Tarpaulin can provide.

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