Summer in Australia commonly means spending time in the great outdoors, in particular, a trip to the beach if you live by the coast. I was on the hunt for a product that made life easier with these day trips, which is why I’m partnering with BCF Australia on today’s sponsored post reviewing their Wanderer Beach Wagon along with sharing a beach cart Australia buying guide. All opinions are 100% my own and reflect my honest experiences with the product.
Everyone knows a trip to the beach, local playground, swimming pool, or even a theme park involves taking a mountain of supplies, particularly once children come along. It is not an uncommon scene to see families (well I should say parents) carrying armfuls of provisions or making several trips to and from the car before the day has even begun.
BEST CART AUSTRALIA BUYING GUIDE
There are many variations of beach carts on the market, so before rushing out to buy one, some of the features that you will want to consider are below:
A less expensive cart may only last you the summer, and then it defeats the purpose of not spending as much money. It is worth considering the amount of use and what type of environment the cart will be exposed to, which in turn will ensure you receive longevity from your purchase. A high-quality frame that has a good load capacity and fabric made from durable tear-resistant materials that can combat sea spray and spills are extremely important in the buying decision process.
What type of terrain will you be tackling with the cart? If the main purpose is for beach trips, then you will need a beach cart with larger wheels allowing for easier movability on thick sand. If your cart will be used for several scenarios then consider one with all-terrain rotating wheels that will offer easier handling.
Keep in mind that when the cart is not in use, it will then need to be stored. If storage is a concern, opt for a cart that is collapsible and doesn’t take up a lot of room.
It is also important to note how you are going to transport the cart with all your beach items. If you have a standard size car, will everything fit in the car boot?
The sole purpose of a cart is to make your life easier, so check to see how it sets up and is packed away. The last thing you need is to be fighting with the cart before or after your outing.
A beach cart is designed to store many items, and the overall weight is a feature to inspect as you don’t want to find out it is difficult to manage once filled. The weight of the cart will affect the durability, strength, and portability, so aiming for a light cart may lead to it breaking, and a heavy cart may be difficult to pull once it is full of your beach accessories.
If you are having a difficult time choosing between two options, extra features may help push one over the line. Some extra features you can find are cup & or phone holders, pockets, umbrella stands, canopy, and trays.
There are beach carts in all price brackets, and it’s important to know your budget before comparing. The cheapest or sometimes the most expensive cart does not mean the best, and may not be suitable for you, so it is important to consider all the above factors before making your purchase.
WANDERER BEACH WAGON REVIEW
After much research to find a product that met our needs, I came across the Wanderer Beach Cart Beach Wagon from BCF Australia.
What is a beach wagon? A beach wagon for kids will help minimise the number of trips needed to take items to the beach, taking the stress out of this task and giving you more time to enjoy the outing. A wagon compared to a cart is lower to the ground with a longer handle to stop it from bumping into your legs when you are pulling along from the front. The body is open, giving you easy access to your belongings and also allowing items to be stacked on top of one another.
When reviewing the BCF Beach Cart, the above key consideration’s where taken into account and compared against other products on the market.
The Wanderer Beach Wagon has a heavy-duty powder-coated steel frame. The extendable handle locks into place when in use and allows for easy and comfortable transport.
The fire engine red polyester fabric is durable and attached via thick Velcro strips around the frame, making it easy to clean even after a day at the beach. The flooring of the wagon itself is removable and folds in half for easy storage.
The large wheels give the cart stability and are built to handle all terrains from soft grass, uneven ground, and soft sand.
The wagon can be used as an umbrella stand, which can be carried on the outside of the cart with the Velcro strips. Two drink holders are fixed on the front of the cart for additional room and easy access.
The Wanderer Beach Wagon sets up in a short space of time, with minimal assembly required. The wheels are easy to secure to the wagon with a metal clip that holds them in place, and once fixed, they can be left as is or removed for compact storage. The wagon easily folds out, and the removable firm base covered in the same durable fabric adds extra support.
Weighing a mere 9.8 kgs, the Wanderer Beach Wagon can carry a staggering 100 kgs making it one of the best beach wagons. Once open, the dimensions of the cart are Length 90cm x Width 50cm x Height 57cm.
What I like about the Wanderer Beach Wagon is its versatility. Due to the size of the wagon, it can be used not only for a beach wagon but also taken camping, to a sporting match, used around the workplace, or as a garden cart for the backyard.
It was undeniable; having a wagon made our outing to the beach easier. Due to the large load capacity of the Wanderer Beach Wagon, we were able to haul all the typical beach must-haves like an umbrella, chairs, beach mat, beach bag, towels, and a cooler bag. Plus, the bodyboard, buckets, and spades for the kids. Even with all these items, there was still space for more.
The real test for a beach wagon is how it moves in the sand. Most wagons will move reasonably efficiently on grass or pavement, but it can be a struggle for those with smaller tires to move through the soft sand. The Wanderer Beach Wagon was effortless to pull on the paved and grassy sidewalks. When it hit the flat soft sand, a little more effort was required, but the adjustable easy-grip handle makes it relatively easy to pull along, and the wagon’s front, rotating wheels make cornering and turning simpler on the uneven terrain.
The Wanderer Beach Wagon has additional storage of two drink holders at the front for easy access. Along the outside are two Velcro holders that fasten around a beach umbrella to allow for more storage room in the wagon. The wagon can also convert into an umbrella stand with additional straps on the side, making it perfect for those days out in the sunshine.
Packing up is a breeze due to the collapsible wagon design. Remove the bottom insert (which folds in half for easy storage), pull the tab located in the middle of the base, and fold the cart together. Simple and easy, similar to a stroller. The telescopic handle can be shortened and locks into place against the cart, and once folded, a strap joins it together. For further space, the wheels can also be removed.
Overall, I believe beach carts and wagons are going to increase in popularity in the years to come due to their versatility and convenience. I am pleased to say we are extremely happy with our Wanderer Beach Wagon Australia from BCF, and it has transformed our outings from stressful to simpler and more enjoyable.
The Wanderer Beach Cart Beach Wagon can be purchased in your nearest BCF store or ordered online here.
The Wanderer Beach Cart Beach Wagon RRP is $159.99, classing it in a mid-range price bracket, due to the quality of the cart and the all-terrain wheels, which are key factors when considering the best beach cart. I highly recommend joining to become a BCF member to hear of special offers throughout the year.
PACKING YOUR WANDERER BEACH WAGON
When you purchase a beach wagon you may find (out of the excitement) you take even more items on the next trip, because you now have the room, and why not! When packing the wagon, keep in mind the items you want to take out at the beach and organise your belongings this way as this will save precious beach time once you arrive at your sandy location.
Large bulky items like chairs and bodyboards can be stored on their side, leaning up against the outsides of the wagon, while bags, towels, toys can fit in the middle. The handy straps on the outside of the Wanderer Beach Wagon assist with extra storage as you will not need to place your umbrella in the cart.
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Disclosures: Inspire Family Travel was gifted a Wanderer Beach Cart Beach Wagon to conduct a fair and impartial review. As always, our opinions are our own, and we only share what we believe you’ll find helpful. For more information, please visit the Disclaimer section on the website.