Camping Tables Buying Guide

Camping Tables

If you ask any Australian how they like to get away from it all to relax and unwind, there is a pretty big chance they are going to say camping. And since 1908, when The Camper's Handbook popularised the act of recreational camping, camping has come a long way in terms of the equipment we use - and camping tables are a good example. And with so many options out there, how can you choose the best type of camping table for your outdoor adventure? Well don't worry, because our experts have answered all your questions in our helpful camping tables buying guide.

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What Do You Use A Camping Table For?

Using a Camping Table

Believe it or not, a camping table shares a lot of similarities with regular indoor tables. They are excellent, and also essential, for making sure that you have a place to sit down and enjoy a meal, provide a great space for relaxing with friends, they are a great storage option for plates and other items when not in use and so much more. For example, our Oztrail Ironside Picnic Table Set is perfect for when ensuring everyone has a place to sit down and enjoy their meal at the campsite.

Types Of Different Camping Tables

Types of Camping Tables

When it comes down to choosing the right type of camping table for your next camping trip, there are many different options to choose from - and the right one will depend on where you are staying and what activities you will be doing. Whether you are looking for camping table ideas or want to know which one is best for you, here is a quick breakdown of the most popular types of camping tables:

Cooking Stations

The main purpose of a cooking station is to provide a surface with enough space for preparing and cooking food. Cooking stations, like our Spinifex Maxi Camp Kitchen, can come with handy features such as a side bin for storing rubbish, a plastic wash basin for cleaning up dishes and a utensil rack for storing items once cleaned. A cooking station camping table is essential for the camper who takes their food seriously when out camping in the outback.

Outdoor Dining Tables

As you may have already guessed from the name, an outdoor dining table shares the same function as a dining table but for outside of the home, whether it is enjoying a delicious meal or simply having a chat with friends. A dining camping table, like our Yonder Murray Table, should provide enough legroom and table surface for placing down food, serving drinks, cutlery, plates and other utensils.

Utility Camping Tables

A utility camping table is a great multipurpose camping table that is designed to be quickly set up and used for a wide variety of different uses. Like our Spinifex Blowmould 5ft Table, utility camping tables are known for being very strong, incredibly durable and offering plenty of space for activities, whether it is eating, gaming, conversing, cooking or more. When you need the jack of all trades, a utility table is what you need.

Small Camping Tables

Small camping tables, like our Spinifex Small Folding Picnic Table, are excellent for when just need a small surface for storing items such as camp lights, utensils, clothes and other types of smaller camping equipment. There are many factors that make small camping tables very popular such as being very lightweight, extremely portable, compact, very easy to set up and perfect for a variety of different outdoor settings.

What Is The Best Material For A Camping Table?

Best Material for a Camping Table

When it comes to the material for camping tables, there are plenty of options that campers prefer. Most camping tables, regardless of their main material, will be made with either a steel or aluminium frame to extra support and ensure durability. As one of the best folding camping tables that features impressive strength, our Spinifex Large Folding Picnic Table is made from 100% natural bamboo, which is known for its incredible strength - which is ideal when camping.

What Is The Best Height For A Camping Table?

Best Height for a Camping Table

The best height for a camping table will mostly depend on the type of activity you are using it for, but the average height for a camping table is between 71 cm and 81 cm high. For the best option, go with choosing an adjustable camping table, like our Oztrail Ironside 120cm Table, to make sure that you will always have the best height when camping.

What To Look For In A Camping Table

What to look for in a Camping Table

As mentioned before, having the best camping table completely depends on how you will be using it and what your specific needs will be. So to help you out, we have made a list of the most common factors that our customers look for when purchasing a camping table for their camping needs:

Functionality & Portability

The main factors when it comes to choosing the best camping table are functionality and portability. The last thing you want to do is struggle to set up a massively oversized and heavy table at camp or waste precious time setting it up. This is why folding camping tables are ideal. Functionality is another important factor. If you need a camping table for giving everyone a place to eat their food, then you will want to make sure it's large enough to accommodate everyone.


The quality of the materials the camping table is made of is another crucial factor. The materials need to be high-quality to ensure the camping table is strong and durable. This can include having steel and aluminium frames, and solid materials such as 100% wood. However, if you are looking for a camping table just for simple uses such as a place to play cards, then a solid plastic table is more than enough.


When you buy a camping table, you probably won't want to buy another one a few months down the track. This is why durability is another big important factor to consider. While this can be avoided by making sure that the materials are high quality, there are other factors to consider that will prolong the camping table's life, like using a table cover to protect it from the elements. Also are the legs strong? Can it resist being blown over when the wind picks up?

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Finding the best Camping Table

When it comes to buying the best camping table, there is no objective one that beats all of the others - it all comes down to making sure that the camping table you are considering will meet all of your specific needs. But with a massive range of camping tables, chairs & stools, recliners, camp tableware and more, it has never been easier to find all the right camping gear you need at Anaconda.

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