What is a Swag? Discovering Australia’s Iconic Outdoor Bed

If you’ve ever ventured into the great outdoors of Australia or browsed adventure tour packages, you’ve likely come across the term “swag.” But what exactly is a swag, and why is it so beloved by adventurers and campers across the continent? In this guide, we’ll delve into everything you need to know about swags, from their history to how you can experience one on your next outback adventure.


A swag is a portable bed that is used for camping in the great outdoors of Australia. It is essentially a compact, durable sleeping unit that combines a mattress, bedding, and tent in one easy-to-carry roll. Originating from the bedrolls used by Australian pioneers and bushmen, today’s swags have evolved into sophisticated, weather-resistant sleeping systems ideal for the modern explorer.


  • Traditional Swags: These are simple canvas covers that roll around a mattress, often used with a blanket or sleeping bag. We exclusively use the traditional swags on our tours.
  • Dome Swags: Featuring a built-in tent structure, dome swags provide more space and comfort by keeping the canvas off your face.
  • Modern Swags: Equipped with poles, mesh panels for insect protection, and windows for ventilation, modern swags offer enhanced features for convenience and comfort.


  • Durability: Made with robust materials, swags are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions.
  • Portability: Easy to roll up and carry, swags are perfect for hikers and backpackers.
  • Comfort: With built-in mattresses and insulation, swags provide a comfortable night’s sleep, even in remote locations.
  • Connection with Nature: Sleeping in a swag allows you to fully immerse yourself in the natural surroundings, under the stars.


Experience the traditional Australian way of sleeping under the stars by choosing a tour that includes swag camping. It’s an opportunity to connect with the vast landscapes of the Outback, from the rugged bushlands to the serene deserts. Swag camping offers a unique, intimate experience with nature, providing unparalleled access to the night sky and the sounds of the wilderness.


Swags embody the spirit of Australian adventure. Whether you’re a seasoned camper or a first-timer looking to experience the Outback authentically, spending a night in a swag is an unforgettable experience. So, grab your swag, and let the adventure begin!


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