Micro caravans – Perfect for travelling Australia? (Updated for 2021)

Are you fascinated with micro caravans Australia too? Or is it just me?!

On this blog I’ve made no secret of my love for small RVs. Whether it’s small pop-tops, small fifth wheels, small caravans, small campervans, or even small teardrop campers.

But today, I’m going as small as you can possibly go, and taking a look at micro caravans available here in Australia.

In this search, I will still maintain MY criteria for an RV, that it:

  • be able to sleep at least 2 people,
  • have a toilet and shower inside (wet bath is fine), and
  • an internal kitchen.

Since this post is all about tiny caravans Australia, I’m only looking at those small caravans that are 3.96m (13ft) or shorter. Most of these are caravans under 1200 kgs, with a couple of caravans under 1000kg. So they’re small and light.

Are there any mini caravans out there in Australia that will fulfil that criteria? Let’s have a look:

Micro Caravans | Australia

A few caveats before we really get into things…

When I’ve been able to find them, I’ve noted the length, weight (tare and ATM) and price of each of these compact caravans.

Take these with a big grain of salt and do your own due diligence.

  • Everybody measures their caravans differently (from tow ball to rear bumper / exterior body length / interior length) so just be aware of that.
  • Same goes with weight, except sometimes a manufacturer will just say ‘weight’ and not specify whether it’s tare, ATM or what!
  • Prices will vary greatly, some prices include all the ‘extras’, while some are just for the very basic model.

Enough of the caveats, on to the list!

Ezytrail – Winton 10

I’m sure that Ezytrail are better known for their camper trailers, but I think they’ve really hit it out of the park with this little caravan.

Ezytrail - Winton 10 small caravan
Ezytrail – Winton 10
Ezytrail - Winton 10 tiny caravans Australia
Ezytrail – Winton 10
Ezytrail - Winton 10 micro caravan
Ezytrail – Winton 10

Length: 3.2m (just over 10ft)
Tare Weight: 1,080kg (ATM 1,500kg)
Price: $28,990

Find out more details on the Winton 10 on the Ezytrail website.

New Age Gecko

I’ve already gone on about this particular caravan, and you can read about why I think it’s the perfect little caravan here.

New Age Gecko micro caravans Australia
New Age Gecko
New Age Gecko tiny caravan
New Age Gecko
New Age Gecko 11ft small caravan
New Age Gecko

Length: 3.4m (11ft)
Tare Weight: 1,490kg
Price: $40k-ish

You can check out the different sizes and layouts of the Gecko over on the New Age Caravans website.

Little Gem Caravans – The Weekender

The only one piece moulded fibreglass caravan on the Australian market at the moment.

This ensures they’re well insulated, resilient and robust little campers, that can be pulled by a regular car.

small caravan The Weekender by Little Gem Caravans
The Weekender by Little Gem Caravans
tiny caravan The Weekender by Little Gem Caravans
The Weekender by Little Gem Caravans
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The Weekender by Little Gem Caravans

Length: 3.75m
Weight: 1300kg
Price: $55,000

The Weekender also has a slightly bigger sister, appropriately named The Long Weekender. You can see all the details over on the Little Gem Caravans website.

The Little Caravan Company – Optimiser

I remember seeing this little beauty as we travelled around Australia with our camper trailer. I was struck by how the footprint of this little caravan wasn’t that much bigger than our camper trailer, yet the features and comfort levels were easily 10x more!

The stand out feature of the Optimiser, is the slide out bed area. Adding another 3ft takes it to 15ft and that’s just enough to provide enough living space for a couple.

Small grey & black caravan
The Little Caravan Company – Optimiser
Kitchen view inside a very small caravan
The Little Caravan Company – Optimiser
Floor plan of the Optimiser caravan
The Little Caravan Company – Optimiser

 

Length: 3.65m (12ft)
Weight: 1520kg

The Little Caravan Company website.

More European Caravans in Australia

Euro Caravans – Glider

How about this little beauty! Everything you need, and nothing you don’t.

I’ve been one of these, and there’s no doubt it’s small. I saw someone describe it as perfect for one, cozy for two.

Euro Caravans - Glider (micro caravan)
Euro Caravans – Glider
Euro Caravans - Glider - small caravan
Euro Caravans – Glider
Euro Caravans - Glider (small caravan)
Euro Caravans – Glider

Length: Not sure, but just look at it, you can see it’s small! (I’d say about 12ft)
Tare Weight: 560kg (850kg ATM)
Price: $29,500

Euro Caravans also have another micro caravan in their range called the Hobby. You can see both of them over on the Euro Caravans Australia website.

Silversun Caravans – Pluto

And here’s another little cutey!

small caravan exterior photo
Silversun Caravans – Pluto
small caravan interior photo
Silversun Caravans – Pluto
small caravan floorplan
Silversun Caravans – Pluto

Length: 3.3m (just under 11ft)
Tare Weight: 960kg (1,200kg ATM)
Price: $33,990

Find out more about the Pluto over on the Silversun Caravans website.

Adria – Action

At 4m (a smidge over 13ft) I think the Action caravan from Adria Mobil will still fit into many peoples wish lists, as it does mine! So I’ve opted to include it in the lineup.

I love the styling of this little caravan (yes, I’m a sucker for a pretty picture… and a well placed mug of steaming coffee and nice decor…)

compact caravan exterior photo
Adria – Action
compact caravan interior photo
Adria – Action
compact caravan floorplan
Adria – Action

Length: 4m (a smidge over 13ft)
Weight: 932kg
Price: $40,990

Find out more about the Adria Action over on their website.

Swift Caravans Australia – Basecamp CCV

I’ve left this one till last, because even though I’m loving the look of this tiny caravan, finding information online about this mini is surprisingly difficult.

With a rear facing door, a tent/annex can be attached to the rear of the caravan, greatly increasing it’s space. But even without it, this little caravan fits our criteria of sleeping at least 2 people, an internal shower, toilet and kitchen.

Here’s a couple of pics from their UK website, and you can see their promo video on the Australian Swift website.

tiny caravan exterior photo
Swift Caravans Australia – Basecamp CCV
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Swift Caravans Australia – Basecamp CCV
tiny caravan layout
Swift Caravans Australia – Basecamp CCV

It’s not a massive list of tiny caravans to choose from, and it’s clear that the Europeans love their mini RVs (and we love importing them), so we’re left with just a couple of questions still to be answered:

What is the smallest caravan you can buy?

The smallest in Australia (with an internal toilet, shower and kitchen) is the Winton 10 by Ezytrail campers (the first one on this list, actually). At just 10ft, it sure does pack a lot into its diminutive dimensions.

What is the best small caravan?

The one that’s sitting behind your car! There is no ‘best’, except for the ‘best-one-for-you’. So use this list as a guide to find the best small caravan for you!

What are the lightest caravans?

The lightest caravan we’ve found here in Australia (that includes the requisite internal kitchen, toilet and shower) is the Glider by Euro Caravans.

As light as possible…?

One of the great appeals of a micro caravan (to me) is that a small/light caravan can be towed by many more vehicles than a large, heavy caravan can. 

But this does not mean that ANY car can be used. 

As we see more and more accidents involving caravans on our roads, it must be said again, that you MUST have a car and caravan combo that is safe and, obviously, within the legal limits. 

My preference is that I’m well within the legal limits. Hence the fascination with small and light caravans.

All that to say, you must do your due diligence. Don’t buy a micro caravan just cos you think your Nissan Micra could tow it. :-O

Has this list of teeny tiny caravans made you think that it might be the best type of caravan for you?

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11 thoughts on “Micro caravans – Perfect for travelling Australia? (Updated for 2021)”

  1. Thank you for sharing your knowledge in this area. I think that if “the lightest caravan (that includes the requisite internal kitchen, toilet and shower) is the Glider by Euro Caravans” this is what will suit my family.

  2. What a wonderful post on micro caravans! I’m a single mum of one (plus our furkid) and dreamt of being able to one day afford a caravan to travel around Australia in. You have truly inspired me and I’ve fallen head over heels for the Action. So gorgeous, lightweight and looks perfect. Sigh…one day. 🙂

  3. I have been a bushwalker all my life. I took my wife car camping and she said she wants a tent tall enough to get dressed standing up! So we did that years ago. Now she is looking at a van. We have no interest in a indoor toilet or shower.

    The Euro Glider has the best floor plan for us. Except of course it cannot be towed on dirt. All the vans that can be towed on dirt have showers and or toilets!

    Therefore we have concluded that no vans are right for us!

    The Euro Glider with off road capability would be right for us.
    .

    • Have a look at the Tucana tear-drop caravan. I bought one after looking around. Perfect for me and my rather large fur baby. We like to get away into the bush so off road independent suspension was important & weight approx 750kg. I only have a small car, Subaru XV

  4. Hi Michelle and Ben,
    Love your site. I have a 2012 Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.8L Auto and looking for a small van I can tow SAFELY. Teardrops might be the answer. Have you had anyone tow a small van with such a Corolla?
    Cheers
    Warren

    • Hi Warren,
      Thanks for your comment… I don’t know of anyone that tows a caravan with a Corolla, I would have thought that a caravan would be way too heavy.
      I think the only ‘caravan’ type of RV you could tow safely would be a teardrop. We’ve got an article on Australian teardrop options here: https://benandmichelle.com/teardrop-campers-for-sale
      But you’ll still need to do your due diligence and make sure the camper weights are within the limits of your car.
      Good luck!
      Michelle 🙂

  5. Would love some tips and ideas on the best micro caravan. Have just seen a great little caravan where the main part of the van is entirely a bed and there’s a pull out/ up kitchen built into the frame somewhere

  6. Anyone had any knowledge or experience with Sunland Blue Heeler Pup (size =11ft 6 ins) thanks John

  7. What a great post. I’ve just started looking at small vans (under 1400kg) that would be suitable to tow with a Subaru XV and available on the Australian Market. Your post has provided some great options. Thank you

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