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Equipment for the serious adventurer...

Overlanders Australia

Official Distributors

Overlanders Australia distribute the Autohome range of premium Italian made rooftop tents including Maggiolina, Columbus, Airtop, Overland, Overcamp and Overzone. It’s not every day that you get to work with a manufacturer that invented the category and we are excited to bring this range of premium rooftop accommodation to you. 

See the new Land Rover X rooftop tent here

We are proud to offer the Front Runner range of expedition equipment and camping gear, as an Authorised Dealer - Front Runner have a serious range of heavily engineered expedition equipment to get your vehicle expedition ready, and organize your campsite.

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More Gear To Get You Organised: 
The Overlanders are an authorised Front Runner Outfitters dealer. 

We partner with key equipment suppliers to ensure when it comes to mounting your rooftop tent, that you have access to the best mounting gear and other expedition hardware. Front Runner expedition equipment is a really beautiful mix of well thought out design, practical ruggedness, and a perfect balance of weight and strength. 
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We're all time poor these days, and being able to supply a complete rooftop tent solution including the load bars or platform racks was a logical step in our evolution.  

Front Runner have an amazing lineup of expedition equipment and are a natural partner for us.

Quick Pitch, National Luna and others - we're also now sourcing an awesome range of well built high quality hardware to help get your vehicle expedition ready, equipment such as the Quick Pitch Trax-table and the National Luna range of portable fridges.


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Simply the most beautifully hand built rooftop tent made

You spent good money on a great vehicle to get you there, so you want a good night's sleep and you want to invest in a great tent that lasts decades!

Autohome is simply the best rooftop tent we could find...anywhere. The best materials, the best design, hand-made in Italy (not just assembled there...made). With over 60 years of continuous development and improvement, its hard not to notice the attention to design, style and material quality that the Autohome range employ.

At The Overlanders we believe in buying things once. We simply couldn't put our name to something which wasn't built to last. We know that horrible feeling when you get out on a trip, and something breaks and you just wish you'd spent a little extra for the high quality one (and now you have to carry that cheap broken gear home!). We live by the philosophy of minimal consumption, buy once, buy well and buy the best you can afford.
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The original and still the best

Established in Italy in 1957, by 1958 Autohome had invented and patented a vertical lifting hard shell tent, and the now ubiquitous folding canvas rooftop tent. Since then many have copied the concept but never replicated the quality. Others may look good from a distance, but without the attention to small details and investment in material quality they have never matched the Autohome reputation for being the best. With such a pedigree its no surprise that Autohome has always been World Number 1 in rooftop tents, and remains the world's best selling premium rooftop tent.

Ask us about the head to head quality comparison with another premium tent supplier. The breathable Autohome Dralon fabric reduces heat, condensation and moisture within the tent, unlike other plastic coated materials commonly used. It also retains its waterproof properties even along the stitching, heats up less than other fabrics, and because it allows water and heat out, Autohome tents don't need extra vents, zips and openings which can fail over time, or let drafts and moisture in.

NEW - Land Rover X rooftop tent. See details of the new Land Rover tent here
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Our Products

Explore the Autohome range

Maggiolina

the original hardtop tent

Something about Maggiolina.

Airtop

air assisted opening system

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Columbus

hinged opening hardtop

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Air Camping

the original canvas tent

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Overland

folding canvas for adventurers

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Overzone

folding canvas with a covered ladder

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Overcamp

carry more on your roof

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Accessories

turn your tent into a home

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Overlanders Australia

Our Country

The spirit of overlanding...a great history of pioneering, droving, overland motoring, adventure, expeditions, carving new paths across the land and connecting communities: its the Australian way. Surviving, adapting, conquering the elements with your wits and equipment, and always moving forward. The name isn't one to adopt lightly, and we strive to live the values that such a name carries.

Our Amazing Country

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We live in an amazing part of the world, one of the largest tracts of sparsely inhabited land on earth, a hugely diverse continent covered in wild snowy mountain peaks, deserts, tropical forests, from sweeping coastlines to the red centre. 

To travel across the land, enjoy its vistas and sunsets, sit beneath a billion stars and listen to the night as it comes alive...to wake up and see newly made animal tracks across the sand, to go there and bring back memories. That's what an overlander does. That's why we love overlanding. And that's why we're here.

As overlanders ourselves, we’ve always valued wonderfully crafted and beautifully engineered equipment. When it’s simple, built well, works reliably, is light and robust and serves its purpose perfectly, its a pleasure to own. You take care of it and it takes care of you. Its an essential part of the journey - the overlander takes only what is necessary. Good equipment lasts decades, is rarely superseded, and because it lasts generations, it leaves as small an environmental footprint as possible. That's the equipment we use ourselves, and its what we bring to you through The Overlanders.

Birtles and his dog Wowser

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Francis Birtles (pictured top left) was one of the great original overlanders, an inspirational character whose overlanding achievements are the stuff of legend. Birtles made goggles for his dogs Wowser and Dinkum to protect their eyes as they accompanied him, hurtling along in an open top vehicle. 
The goggled dog is the inspiration for our logo paying homage to Birtles and his inspirational achievements. 

But we can’t all be a hard bastard like Francis Birtles. Some of us need just a little more luxury. Check out our premium rooftop accommodation options.....for the serious adventurer.

Famous Aussie Overlanders

1860-1861

Burke and Wills

Crossed Australia. 23 horses, 6 wagons, 26 hardy camels

Who hasn't heard of these guys! The original overlanders, tasked with crossing the continent to find a route for the proposed Australian Overland Telegraph Line, Robert O'hara Burke and William John Wills and co. departed Melbourne on 20 August 1860 with 20 tonnes of equipment and supplies. Though they didn't make it back alive, they were successful in their mission and paved the way for further exploration. 

Early 1900's

Francis Birtles

Huge array of overland cycling and motoring feats

Where do we start with this legend??!! Melbourne born hero Birtles set an array of overlanding records, starting with cycling from Perth to Melbourne in 1905, before completing a couple laps of the country in subsequent years. In 1912, Birtles started racking up an amazing list of overland motoring feats, including driving a Bean 14 car from Darwin to Melbourne in 8 days 14 hrs, and then driving a Bean car from London to Melbourne in 1927. 

February 2019

Overlanders Simon & Ivan

Importing Autohome rooftop tents

Well, we're hardly famous, but we are Aussie overlanders. We've been hiking, cycling and touring across Australia for decades, regularly out and about in our Landrover Defenders. We've tried every form of sleep system...the trusty swag, tents of all types and sizes, hammocks, sleeping in the back of our cars, and finally rooftop tents. Simon bought a 30yr old Autohome Columbus...and it went from there.

Today

It's your turn!

Adventurer and explorer

Thankfully today you don't need 20 tonnes of equipment and 26 camels to get out and see Australia. With a well set up vehicle, you can comfortably explore with a minimum of equipment and fuss. But we find that every good day starts with a good night's sleep! Send us a photo of your overlanding and Autohome setup and be sure to tag us in your social media posts!

Contact

Get in touch

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Phone

Simon 0438 771 105
Ivan 0415 993 500

Email

info@theoverlanders.com.au

Address

Overlanders Australia
Unit 1,2 East Circuit
Sunshine West
VIC 3020
Australia