The Best Small Camper Vans in Australia (2020 Edition)

I love looking for the best small camper vans here in Australia, and imagining what it would be like to have one and to live in it.

I’d travel around Australia indefinitely, just going wherever the weather is not too hot or cold, and taking my whole house with me wherever I go.

While I do love small camper vans, I do feel like it wouldn’t be great to live in it full-time as a couple.

But IF I were by myself, I think one of the smallest camper vans (but still with a bathroom!) would suit me just perfectly.

I’d have an electric bike on the back though, so I could head off to the shops or do a little bit of sightseeing, without having to pack everything up.

As a couple, I think a camper van would be great for just holidays, not to live in all the time.

So I’ve scoured the internet for campervan manufacturers here in Australia. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at just how many manufacturers there are.

I’ve collated the best ones in this list, and only included new camper vans that you could buy now.

No motorhomes or truck campers, and no one-off van conversions either.

Just to be clear, you may see camper vans referred to as a Class B. That’s the North American phrasing, and it means the same thing.

Oh, and I’ve only included models that have a bathroom.

Let’s get stuck in!

Wattle – by Horizon Motorhomes

I follow the Horizon Instagram page, so I see the pictures that they show of Horizon camper van owners out and about in the Australian landscape, just enjoying all the beauty on offer.

It totally makes me want to be out there… preferably in one of their motorhome / camper vans!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Horizon Motorhome owner Bev, finding her own little slice of free camp heaven, just outside of Coober Pedy ??

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This is a pretty comprehensive magazine review of the 2019 Wattle, that may be helpful to you.

You can see more of the Horizon Motorhomes Wattle camper van over on their website.

Conquest – by Jayco

Jayco must be one of the biggest manufacturers of caravans here in Australia, but they’re not nearly so well known for their motorhome and camper van range.

However, their popular name and huge dealer network for the caravans probably helps them these campers out there.

The only thing I’m not too keen on with this camper van is that when the bed is made, there is no seating within the living area. The front seats don’t swivel around and the bed takes up the only other seats.

Click here to see more of the Jayco Conquest camper van.

Rialta – by Sunliner Motorhomes

I’ve previously waxed lyrical over the Sunliner fifth-wheels, and I’m pretty enamoured with the camper vans in their range too.

Those aqua blue highlights on the cabinet fronts and the splash back, seem to be a Sunliner standard at the moment, so hopefully it’s a colour you like!

This is the promo video by Sunliner themselves, but it’s actually pretty good at showing you all the features of the Rialta.

Click here to see more of the Rialta by Sunliner Motorhomes on their website.

Spirit – by Avida

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There may be no bells or whistles in the interior decor of this camper van, but form certainly doesn’t overtake function.

With it’s clean and simple lines, your biggest choice will be whether to have the single beds with plenty of seating, or the double bed with storage underneath.

This video walkthrough is one produced by a dealer, and it’s a couple of years old, but you get the idea.

Check out their website for more on the Avida Spirit. 

Jabiru – by Trakka

It’s so refreshing to come across a camper van that has some unique features, that no one else has… yet.

The Trakka range of campervans is exactly that.

In this Jabiru they’ve got a really nice twin bed setup, a second fridge that swivels to the outside, a workbench that can be attached to the outside of the sliding door, and other neat tricks.

Totally worth checking out if you’re after something luxury AND unique.

Below is their promo video, but it shows all the cool features that can be a bit hard to find on the website.

And this article by Roam Magazine is somewhat gushing… but I think this particular camper van is worthy of it. You can read the article on Time to Roam here.

I totally recommend checking out their website. Even if you’re not actually in the market for a camper van. But you just love looking at RVs that have some new and innovative ideas. Click here for the Trakka Jabiru website.

Bondi – by Winnebago

I didn’t realise that Winnebago have their own manufacturing plant here in Australia. And so we’re producing our own camper vans with model names based on some of our iconic beaches (like Bondi).

The Winnebago Bondi looks pretty similar to many other camper vans available here in Australia. Except with Winnebago, it’s backed by that very well-known brand name and decades of experience.

Once again, this video is a promo video showing all the features on this van.

But there is also a 3D of the van on their website, so go and check out the Winnebago Bondi here.

Applause – by Avan

The main thing I like about the Applause by Avan, is the rather nice bathroom. I have to admit that the shower does look a bit squishy, but the bathroom isn’t all practical, with no style.

Other than that, the Avan looks like a good standard camper van layout. I certainly have a preference for these layouts where you don’t have to choose between a seat or a bed, so this one fits the bill.

Click here to see more of the Avan Applause.

Oasis – by Paradise Luxury Motorhomes

I’ve left this one till last as I don’t know if it really fits into what most people would class as a camper van.

TBH, I don’t think even I would class this as a camper van since it’s so long, and the defining feature is that it doesn’t have a sliding door.

However, I’ve decided to include it as an example of what motorhome and camper van manufacturers can achieve when they have just a little bit more length, and a choice about where to put the door.

Slides don’t hurt either. (Although, I’m wary of slides simply because that means another piece of machinery that could fail.)

Check out the Paradise Motorhomes Oasis here.

If you’re looking for the best small RV campers in North America and Europe, you can see find them over here on RVObsession.com

If this post has convinced you that a camper van is not your thing (!) then I’ve put together posts on small caravans, fifth wheels and a small motorhome which may be the type of RV that is better suited to you.

What do you think of these small camper vans?

Would travel around Australia in one of these small RV campers, or do you need something a little bit bigger? Tell us in the comments…

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14 thoughts on “The Best Small Camper Vans in Australia (2020 Edition)”

  1. Question – what sort of campervan (this sort of size) would you consider best for off road. Ideally I’d love one this kind of size but high road clearnace and 4WD (like the old Iveco which don’t seem to exsit anymore)

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  2. Hi,
    I’m looking for a campervan with a shower and toilet that will park in a normal parking space at a shopping centre.
    Most of the ones that you have displayed look quite long and I just seem to be going around in circles on the net looking for them.
    Have you come across any that will do the job.

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    • Hi Marie,
      A standard car space is 5.4m and all these camper vans are in the 6+m range, so that would make parking at the mall a bit tricky. However, I’ve seen plenty of these size rigs parked at the outdoor areas, on the edges of the parking lot. They may stick out a bit, but not a huge amount, and being on the edge of the parking lots they don’t impede traffic.
      The smallest (shortest) rig with a toilet and shower is from Explorer Motorhomes and there’s is 5.8m. I’ve written about them here: https://benandmichelle.com/awesome-small-rv-motorhome
      I hope that helps! Michelle 🙂

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      • Thanks Michelle, the explorer is lovely and worth thinking about. I’m no spring chicken now and I have to think of all of the easy ways of doing things. So not sure about the steps up to the beds.
        Thank you very for your input and I will have to keep looking and hoping that some manufacturer will come to the party.

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    • Hi Marie,

      Most ‘nose-in’ parking spaces are 6 metres.

      The Mercedes Sprinter MWB van is 6 metres and fits just fine in these spaces.

      More Australian info about vans of this size is available at http://compactrv.net

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Warren

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      • Ooh, thanks for that info Warren. Good to know!
        And you have an awesome site with heaps of info on campervans! Thanks heaps for chiming in. Michelle 🙂

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  3. Hello,
    Just wondering if any of these small camper vans can sleep four (2 adults with 2 children)?
    Or any camper van recommendations for 4 with toilet/shower and basic kitchen? The more compact the van is, the more preferable.
    Thank you.

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    • Hi Ming, I haven’t actually seen any campervans that would fit a family, except for self-converted ones. I think your best bet would be to look for a small motorhome; a Class C (the ones where there is a bed above the cab area) to get all the beds that you need.

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  4. Hi Michelle,
    Great article. My wife and I have done several Campervan trips in the US and Canada (older and even smaller vans) and we love it.
    We are full time global nomads but now grounded in OZ with Covid so thinking of buying a vehicle and driving Oz for a year or 2.
    I agree that the campers could be a bit small for long term (we have done close to 3 months before) but we have never towed. What do you think of the slide on campers, smaller Motorhome types that sit on the back of utes? Some you can slide off so you can take the Ute separately.
    Appreciate your thoughts
    James

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    • Hi James,
      I’ve actually been doing some research on truck campers for a new article…! Here’s my initials thoughts/concerns:
      Weight is the biggest factor to consider – the big 1 tonne trucks that they have in the States are not as popular here, and they’re very expensive. IF you weren’t so concerned about a bathroom then there are plenty of manufacturers here in Australia that make great truck campers for a ute, but they don’t have a bathroom.
      Yes you can slide them off the ute, but, they’re not made for consistent use off the ute as it puts a lot of pressure on the jacks.
      I LOVE the idea of the truck campers, but for us, they’re a little bit too small for full-timing; especially as we need to work online and therefore need a bit of space for a laptop each. But the great thing about a truck camper is that you could rent an AirBnB now and again. With a truck camper, it’s not so hard to find a spot to plonk it down while you enjoy the space of an AirBnB.
      Also, if you’ve never towed (but want to) there are towing courses that are really, really good. They teach you how to be safe, the physics of towing and reversing etc, and they’re a great confidence builder. tow-ed.com.au is an example.
      ‘Full time global nomads’… I love the ring of that. I’m looking forward to calling myself that one day too!
      Safe travels,
      Michelle 🙂

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  5. HI michelle would be interested in getting a campervan (ideally a 4×4 version but I know they’re rather pricey – may be you could convince me against it) that’s small enough to be used as a daily drive but has 4 seats, including x2 anchor points for baby capsule/child seat. 5 seats even better! I’m thinking something like a pop top but i can’t seem to find a pop top that has a roof top air con attached. Only 1 double bed would suffice as I can always sleep on the floor or the front seat(s) and the kids can sleep with their mom in their own portacots placed on the bed or the floor. And yes definitely a shower/toilet combo as there’s nothing better than being able to use your own toilet when going for picnic! Also i can sacrifice stovetop for a microwave as i can always carry portable butane burners. Or do you not recommend this? And please not one of those hideous looking motorhomes with beds over the front seats!

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    • Eek! ‘Looking for that dream RV’ – you’ve got quite the wish list there!
      Haha, my first recommendation (until I got to the end of your comment) was going to be a Class C motorhome … the one with the beds above the cab. 🙂
      I started to rack my brain for suitable options, but realised it’s fruitless exercise! Having all that you’ve requested, in a ‘daily driver’ would only be possible if you were to do a conversion yourself. IMO.

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