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The Best Small Camper Vans in Australia (2023 Edition)

I love looking for the best small camper vans here in Australia, and as I see bigger and bigger motorhomes and caravans on the roads, it makes me even more determined that I would opt for a campervan rather than a large motorhome or caravan.

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 my favourite vans 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!


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It includes the exterior dimensions, interior height, base price, seating and bed layout, bathroom, solar and air conditioning; with links to each one.

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    Wattle – by Horizon Motorhomes

    Side view of a white Horizon Motorhomes Wattle campervan with the side door open.
    Horizon Motorhomes – Wattle
    Interior of a Horizon Motorhome Wattle campervan looking towards the queen bed in the rear.
    Horizon Motorhomes – Wattle
    Floor plan of the Horizon Motorhomes Wattle camper van with the single beds layout.
    Horizon Motorhomes – Wattle
    Floor plan of the Horizon Motorhomes Wattle camper van with the permanent queen bed in the rear.
    Horizon Motorhomes – Wattle

    Built on the Mercedes Sprinter LWB, this campervan has plenty of room for a couple. With the option of single beds on either side of the van, or a queen with a walkway down one side; it’s also got a slightly bigger bathroom as well as captains chairs that swivel around to make a comfy seating area.

    And yep, it comes with optional 4WD.

    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!

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

    Price: from $177,000

    All Terrain Campervan – by Jayco

    Front left view of the Jayco All Terrain Campervan.
    Jayco All Terrain Campervan
    Interior view of the Jayco All Terrain Campervan looking in from the back doors.
    Jayco All Terrain Campervan
    Floor plan of the Jayco All Terrain Campervan.
    Jayco All Terrain Campervan

    Another Mercedes Sprinter here… you’d be forgiven for thinking that I have a bias towards the Sprinter, but in deciding what to include in this ‘best’ list, I’ve been influenced only by my own ideal layout for a couple.

    And of the 3 campervan models that Jayco manufacture, this layout fits the bill nicely. And yes, it totally helps that this model is a 4WD. (Jayco do have this same layout on the Sprinter chassis that’s not All Terrain, and it’s $20-30k cheaper. :-O)

    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.

    Click here to see more of the Jayco All Terrain Campervan.

    Price: $168,990

    Escape – by Avida

    Grey Avida Escape campervan with orange highlights
    Avida Escape
    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 from $155,000

    Jabiru – by Trakka

    White Trakka Jabiru campervan in a wooded setting, with the awning out and side door open.
    Trakka Jabiru J2
    Interior of the Trakka Jabiru J2 campervan looking towards the rear of the van.
    Trakka Jabiru J2
    Floorplan of the Trakka Jabiru J2 camper van.
    Trakka Jabiru J2

    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: $221,397

    Bondi – by Winnebago

    Front left view of the Winnebago Bondi 2S FB campervan.
    Winnebago Bondi 2S FB
    Interior view of the Winnebago Bondi 2S FB campervan.
    Winnebago Bondi 2S FB
    Winnebago Bondi 2S FB

    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: $149,990

    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: $127,990

    Otway – by Windsor

    Exterior view of the Windsor Otway campervan parked in a grassy field.
    Windsor Otway
    Interior view of the Windsor Otway camper van from the rear of the van showing the bed/garage conversion area.
    Windsor Otway
    Floorplan of the Windsor Otway campervan.
    Windsor Otway

    Windsor are most well known for their caravans, but in the last few years have jumped into the driveable RVs with a small range of motorhomes.

    And now their newest offering is the Otway campervan.

    I think this might be the only Australian campervan I’ve seen that utilises the garage conversion bed set up. So during the day you can lift up the centre portion of the bed allowing you to transport larger items (like bikes) but then easily convert it back to a bed at night.

    Price: $148,690

    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.


    And don’t forget, if you want to see a spreadsheet of all the campervans available new here in Australia, just sign up for our email newsletter and we’ll send you the spreadsheet for free. (You can unsubscribe whenever you want.)

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      inXs

      Monday 24th of January 2022

      I wouldnt class these as "small" Campervans based on VW Transporter and HiAce would be more in line with smaller campervans.

      Michelle

      Tuesday 25th of January 2022

      That's true. But unfortunately, neither of those are big enough to fit a bathroom.

      Helen

      Thursday 13th of January 2022

      Check out the website : livin life teardrop campers victoria. You can stand up in their teardrop and they are manufactured in Australia. You may like to do a review on them.

      Michelle

      Sunday 16th of January 2022

      Thanks Helen :-) I'll add you to our post on teardrop campers, if you want to send me through some details to admin@benandmichelle.com. Cheers, Michelle

      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!