The 9 best beach umbrellas for Aussie summers

A beach umbrella is an Aussie icon, perfect for keeping beach-goers shady on sunny beach days. There are so many beautiful options, from trendy and fringed, to simple and affordable (thank you Kmart), there’s something for every budget. Scroll on down to discover my round-up of the best beach umbrellas to get you through another gorgeous salty summer.

How to set up a beach umbrella

There’s nothing worse than a flying umbrella at the beach, mostly because it’s inconvenient but also a little dangerous! To properly secure your beach umbrella, follow the below steps:

  1. Place your umbrella into the sand by rocking it back and forth. Simply stabbing it into the sand will not do! You need to rock it back and forth, making it go deeper as you do. Ideally you want your umbrella to go 1/3 into the sand.
  2. Once it’s secure in the sand, open the canopy and tilt it into the wind. If the wind is anything more than a breeze, you might like to consider whether it’s safe to erect the umbrella at all.
  3. You can also purchase a sand anchor for extra security.

Cotton On

Cotton On Beach Shade

Coolum Beach Umbrella, $49.99

An affordable option, while also being compact and easy to store in the car, the Cotton On Beach Umbrella is a chic shade for the beach. Offering UPF 30+ Sun Protection, and with an easy sand-screw set-up, it also comes with a matching carry case.

Big W

Big W Beach Umbrella

Life! Beach Trend Umbrella, $49

With a 2.4m canopy, which is one of the largest on this list, the Big W umbrella is a stylish winner with it’s beautiful blue print. With a convenient carry bag, and beach anchor kit, you’ll be set for summer days.


Amazon Sun Shade Sport-Brella

Sport-Brella SPF50+ Beach Umbrella, $72

With more covering than the standard beach umbrella thanks to the added flaps, the Sport-Brella is also vented, and comes with tethers to keep it secure and in place.


Sunnylife Fringed Umbrella

Luxe Beach Umbrella, $199.99

Did you know that Limoncello is the colour of the season? It is! So you can get ahead of the trends with this umbrella on the beach this summer. (If lemon isn’t your thing, they do have other colours!). A more luxe option, the Sunnylife umbrella is made from 100% cotton canvas, and sturdy wooden pole.


Bunnings Hawaiian Umbrella

Marquee Hula Umbrella, $31.94

A fun tropical vibe, this Bunnings beach umbrella would be cute pool-side decor at home, or fun for by the beach. The fabric has sun protection of 95+% UVE, offering a 1.6m canopy.

Sunday Supply Co.

Sunday Supply Co.

Natural Instinct Beach Umbrella, $279

A more luxe option, the Sunday Supply Co. umbrella has a 2m canopy, and sits at 2.3m high. The fabric is water and fade resistant, and it also includes a matching carry bag.

Umbrella Beach

Umbrella Beach

Bronte Emerald Beach Umbrellas, $114.95

With a beautiful, colour print, and a stylish fringe this extra large umbrella (220cm canopy) is big enough to fit the whole family.


Kmart Beach Umbrella

Stripe Beach Umbrella, $15

At just $15, this Kmart Umbrella is a super affordable option that still delivers on size with a 2m canopy. It also comes with a carry bag, and a height adjustable pole.

Isla in Bloom

Isla in Bloom Umbrella

Mariposa Beach Umbrella, $195.96

Crafted from 100% recycled fabric, the large 2.3m shade is perfect for family beach days. The hardware is made from rust-resistant zinc alloy. It comes with a fun fringe, and a matching carry bag.

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