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The Best Small Camper Vans in Australia (2021 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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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.

Price: $155,000 – $199,000

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 get 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.

Price: $81,900

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.

Note: as at January 2021 the Rialta is not showing up on the Sunliner website. Once I get an update I’ll update this post too.

Escape – by Avida

Grey Avida Escape campervan with orange highlights

Interior view of Avida Escape campervan looking from the back area into the drivers seat

Floor plan of the Avida Escape campervan

The electric roll down bed is a game-changer for me.

Previously, the idea of having to lower a table (well, first clean the table), play tetris with the cushions, make the whole bed from scratch (fitted sheets and all) and then get to sleep on a higglety-pigglety mattress with seams going every which way, did not appeal to me!

Having the bed (already made!) lower down from the roof, takes away all that annoyance!

Check out the Avida website for more info on the Escape. They’ve also got a good 3D walkthrough.

Price $128,000

Jabiru – by Trakka

Floorplan of the Trakka Jabiru camper van

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.

Price: $195,000

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.

Check out the Winnebago Bondi here.

Price: $111,000

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.

Price: $113,000

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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meg hamilton

Thursday 28th of January 2021

Michelle I have a garage with roller slide door. What brand campervan you recommend to look for that would fit? I want to be a grey nomad so do not need big

Michelle

Sunday 31st of January 2021

Hi Meg, Well it depends how tall your garage door is, but I suspect that you'll be limited to the smaller, pop-top type of campervans. I'm thinking something like the Trakkadu from Trakka https://trakka.com.au/models/trakkadu But download the spec sheet to check for dimensions. Good luck with your search! :-)

Mark

Saturday 23rd of January 2021

Have you looked at the Trakka Jabiru J2M? I am considering this with the possibility of attaching a motorbike carrier (to carry a Harley Davidson Street 500) that attaches to the tow hitch. I will be doing some firetrail driving but not hard-core 4wd.

Michelle

Saturday 23rd of January 2021

Oh yes, it's actually my favourite model of them all! But with a 6'2" husband that east-west bed would be a bit too short, I think. Have you downloaded the spec sheet from the Trakka website? It has all the technical specs like payload. I think that would be your biggest concern, is how much weight you'd be adding to the van. But a motorbike to do all your sightseeing and errands, sounds awesome!

Nick Clayton

Monday 4th of January 2021

Hi Michelle Where would a person look for a road worthy Just to sleep in trailer type van? Where are the small vans that have been converted to be found?

Michelle

Tuesday 5th of January 2021

Hi Nick, I'm not sure what you mean by a 'trailer type van'? But for small vans that have been converted (I'm thinking the 'back-packer' type of vans, with no bathroom) I would just do a google search for 'campervans for sale'. This should bring you to sites like gumtree.com.au, tradervs.com.au. Or you could look up hire companies like Britz, Kea and Maui as they usually have a section for selling off their older stock. I'm not sure I understood your question correctly, but I hope that helps!

Phil Kersten

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

Can anybody help me? I am after a camper van that I can put in my garage. I have 7.19m in length 2.7m in height (below Roller Door) comments appreciated

looking for that dream rv

Wednesday 11th of November 2020

HI michelle would be interested in getting a campervan (ideally a 4x4 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!

Michelle

Friday 20th of November 2020

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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