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Pop top caravans Australia (2024 update)

Looking for a pop top caravan here in Australia?

Pop top caravans are everywhere here in Australia. And there’s good reason; they’re a great touring caravan, you have loads of options for size and layout, they are available in off road models and they have all the creature comforts of any other caravan.

In this post, as per usual, I’m only looking at NEW small pop top caravans that sleep at least two people, have a shower and toilet (wet bath is fine) and cooking facilities inside the caravan.

And for this selection, I’m only going to include pop-tops that do not have the fold-out beds (expandables / where your bed is surrounded by canvas). Just to keep things as consistent as possible.

How does a pop top caravan work?

In case you’ve never seem them before, a pop-top caravan is just like any other caravan except that the roof is lowered for travel, and then ‘popped up’ when you set up camp.

This means that the top section of the walls (approx 400-500mm) is made of canvas.

A picture explains it all:

Avan 500 Series Pop Top

For my North American friends, you may know it as a Garagable Unit (GU).

How high is a pop top caravan?

When set up, a pop top caravan is the same height as any other caravan. But with these roof down, it’s 300-500mm shorter.

This makes them an excellent choice for those people that have a garage or carport where they’re planning to store their caravan. A pop top means that it’s more likely to fit in the space.

Are pop top caravans good?

Yes.

Why are they good?

Well, I’ve mentioned the fact that being able to lower the roof when not in use means that you can store the caravan in carport or garage.

The lower height profile is also good while travelling as there is less wind resistance.

Some cons about the pop top?

In windy weather, the canvas can flap a bit. It’s not as bad as sleeping in a tent, but it can flap a bit.

And in cold weather, you don’t have insulated walls protecting the top section of your space. You can get insulated canvas for some pop-tops though.

And storage space. You lose a fair bit of storage space as your overhead cabinets can not be as big, nor your caravan wardrobe as tall.

What is the best pop top caravan to buy?

Ahh, the $50k question!

I’ve tried to find the prices for each of these pop tops, but sometimes they’re hard to find.

So I highly recommend that you have a look at what brands you like, and then reach out to your local dealer for more information and prices.


Pop top caravans in Australia

Before we get to the selection of caravans in this post, I wanted to let you know about this spreadsheet that I’ve put together.

I have scoured the internet and found ALL the pop top caravans that I possibly could.

And I’ve managed to find 66 caravan manufacturers with over 380 different models of pop top caravans!

I’ve listed all 60+ of the manufacturers at the end of this post, if you just want to see who they are.

All 380 pop top caravans on a spreadsheet

However, if you want to see all 380 different models, we’ve made available a spreadsheet where I’ve painstakingly gone through every manufacturer’s website and listed every model of theirs that is a pop top.

I’ve included the Make, Model, Length, Width, Height, Weights, Number of people it sleeps, whether it has a bathroom or not, the battery set-up, aircon, tow hitch and Base Price (; and the URL so you can go and check it out for yourself.

Graphic showing a pop top caravan with the title, Pop top caravans Australia.

Click here to buy the Pop Top Caravans spreadsheet for $9.


9 awesome pop top caravans

Okay, let’s take a look at some of the best pop top caravans to buy here in Australia. These one’s all have a bathroom.

In no particular order:

Jayco pop top caravans

As you would expect, Jayco have a huge range of caravans, and a fairly large range of pop tops. You can see all the Jayco pop tops here.

The one that’s featured below, is their 16ft Jayco Journey 16.67-4.JY-MY22. It’s a great option for those that want single beds instead of a double, and it has all the creature comforts of any of the larger caravans.

With a tare of just 1,592kg and payload of 385kg, you won’t be lugging around a heavy van; although you will need to be conscientious of how much gear (including water, food and everything!) that you carry.

Exterior of a Jayco Journey pop top caravan.
Jayco Journey Pop Top 16.67-4.JY-MY22
Two single beds inside a Jayco Journey pop top caravan.
Jayco Journey Pop Top 16.67-4.JY-MY22
Jayco Journey Pop Top 16.67-4.JY-MY22

Jayco Journey Pop Top 16.67-4.JY-MY22

Length: 6.575m
Height: 2.39m (closed)
Tare: 1,570kg
Price: $53,155

New Age pop top caravans

I’ve previously written about the New Age Gecko, cos I think it’s a perfect caravan for a couple… but I think it’s no longer in production. 🙁

So for my next pick from New Age, I would go with the 16ft Manta Ray Pop Top.

Manta Ray comes in 2 versions: Ensuite & Adventurer, both have an ensuite but the Adventurer is a semi off-road version.

Front exterior view of the New Age Caravans Manta Ray Pop Top 16ft caravan.
New Age Manta Ray PT 16ft
Interior view of the New Age Caravans Manta Ray Pop Top 16ft caravan.
New Age Manta Ray PT 16ft
Diagram of layout of the New Age Caravans Manta Ray Pop Top 16ft caravan.
New Age Manta Ray PT 16ft

New Age Manta Ray Pop Top 16ft Ensuite

Length: 7.1m
Height: 2.575m (closed)
Tare: 2,040kg
Price: $78,990

Paramount Caravans – Micro Pop Top

The Micro is touted as a great option for single travellers, and I agree. The pop top is compact and light, but still includes everything that I would want in a caravan.

The Micro range includes 10 layouts ranging in body length from 14’6″ to 17’6″ (Approx. 4.42m – 5.33m) with either a queen bed or 2 singles.

Paramount Caravans Micro pop top
Paramount Caravans Micro pop top
Paramount Caravans Micro pop top

Paramount Micro Pop Top M-1

Length: 6.5m
Height: 2.55m (closed)
Tare: 1,700kg

Avan 500 Series Pop Top

Avan is well known for its compact caravan range, so it’s no surprise to find their pop-top caravan range includes 3 models, with lots of different layouts and lengths.

This one below is from the 500 Series, includes a full ensuite and has the same layout as you’ll find on loads of other caravans. But with the advantage of being a pop top.

Avan 500 Series Pop Top
Avan 500 Series Pop Top
Avan 500 Series Pop Top

Avan 500 Series Pop Top 555-1 Double

Length: 6.9m
Height: 2.46m (closed)
Tare: 1,455kg

Goldstream RV 1400 Explorer Series

These compact little Explorer pop top caravans give you only what you ‘need’ and fit it into the smallest footprint possible.

There are 2 layouts available, both with an East/West Queen bed, and one of them does include an ensuite. But you do also have the option of upgrading to off road and more features, if you wish.

Goldstream RV 1400 Explorer Series
Goldstream RV 1400 Explorer Series

Goldstream RV 1400 Explorer Series

Length: 6.45m
Height: 2.25m (closed)
Tare: 1,400kg

Golf Savannah Pop Top Caravans

The Golf Savannah range is a popular little caravan, and while most of their layouts are full height walls, there are 3 layouts that are pop top. The Savannah 402,499 and 563.

I don’t see a lot of these layouts that have the small bathroom right next to the bed, but for some people this layout is probably perfect.

Golf Savannah
Golf Savannah
Golf Savannah

Golf Savannah 499

Length: 6.89m
Height: 2.66m
Tare: 1,640kg

Long Haul Campers T-Rex T13 Ensuite

Long Haul Campers have a great range of pop tops and camper trailers as they seem to specialise in compact, off-road, off-grid ready campers.

The smallest caravan in their range is just 11ft (and does include a bathroom!) but the one I’ve shown here is the 13ft T-Rex.

Overhead view of the Long Haul Campers T-Rex T13 pop top camper, shown with the roof up and the awning extended out.
Long Haul Campers T-Rex T13
Interior view of the Long Haul Campers T-Rex T13 pop top camper, showing the kitchen and bathroom end.
Long Haul Campers T-Rex T13

Long Haul Campers T-Rex T13 Ensuite

Length: 5.8m
Height: 2.51m
Tare: 2,060kg
Price: $54,990

Millard Caravans Toura

Millard Caravans are one of those brands that have been around for ages. They’ve got a small selection of pop top caravans called the Toura, which is a semi off-road caravan.

The Toura comes in two lengths, 16ft 9 and we’re showing you the 17ft 6 below.

Exterior side view of the Millard Toura Pop Top 17ft 6 caravan.
Millard Toura Pop Top 17ft 6
Interior of the Millard Toura Pop Top 17ft 6 caravan.
Millard Toura Pop Top 17ft 6
Millard Toura Pop Top 17ft 6 floor plan.
Millard Toura Pop Top 17ft 6

Millard Toura Pop Top 17ft 6

Length: 7.755m
Height: 2.6m
Tare: 2,280kg

Olympic Triathlete

The Olympic caravans don’t seem to be too prolific, which makes finding information about them online, a little bit difficult. If you love these little pop tops, head over to their website and get more information (including where to find your nearest dealer) directly from them.

www.OlympicCaravans.com.au

Olympic Triathlete
Olympic Triathlete

Olympic Caravans Triathlete


Looking for other ‘small’ RV options?

You may have seen that hybrid caravans are really popular at the moment, and they’re mostly pop tops, so you may find this post on Hybrid Caravans helpful too.

Hybrid caravan set up at a campsite in South Australia, with text: Hybrid Caravans 2024.

And if it’s just a ‘small’ caravan that you’re after, check out our post on Micro Caravans.

Small caravan with text that reads: Tiny/Micro/Mini Caravans 2024.

66 Pop Top Caravan Manufacturers in Australia

This list is all the caravan manufacturers in Australia (that I could find) that have pop top caravans in their range.

Alpine Campershttps://alpinecampers.com.au/
Altitude Campershttps://altitudecampers.com.au/
Alto Caravanshttp://www.altocaravans.com.au
Austrak Campershttps://www.austrackcampers.com.au/
Australian Off Road (AOR)https://australianoffroad.com.au/
Avanhttps://www.avan.com.au
Blue Tongue Campershttps://bluetonguecampers.com.au/
Blue Water Campershttps://bluewatercampers.com.au/
Boss Adventurehttps://bossadventure.com.au/
Bruderhttps://bruderx.com/
Bushranger Campershttp://bushrangercampers.com.au
Capstone Caravanshttps://capstonecaravans.com.au
Complete Campsitehttps://www.completecampsite.com.au
Conqueror Australiahttps://www.conqueroraustralia.com.au
Coronet RVhttps://www.coronetrv.com.au/
Eagle Camper Trailershttps://www.eaglecampertrailers.com.au/
Eco Tourerhttps://www.ecotourer.com.au/
Emu Campershttps://emucampers.com.au/
EzyTrail Campershttps://www.ezytrailcampertrailers.com.au/
Fantasy Caravanhttps://fantasycaravan.com.au/
Far Horizon Campershttps://farhorizoncampers.com/
Goldstar RVhttps://goldstarrv.com.au/
Goldstream RVhttps://www.goldstreamrv.com.au/
Golf Caravanshttps://www.golfcaravans.com.au
Jawa Campershttps://www.jawacampers.com.au/
Jaycohttps://www.jayco.com.au/
Johnnos Campershttps://johnnoscampers.com.au/
Kimberley Kampershttps://kimberleykampers.com.au/
Lifestyle Campershttps://www.lifestylecampers.com.au/
Long Haul Campershttps://longhaulcampers.com.au/
Longhaul Campershttps://longhaulcampers.com.au/
Lumberjack Camper Trailershttps://www.lumberjackcampertrailers.com.au/
Lyfe RVhttps://lyferv.com/
Malibu Caravanshttps://malibucaravans.com.au
Market Direct Campers (MDC)https://www.marketdirect.com.au
Mars Campershttps://marscampers.com.au/
Maverick Campershttps://maverickcampers.com.au/
Millard Caravanshttps://millardcaravans.com.au
Modcon Campershttps://modcon.com.au/
Mountain Trail RVhttps://mountaintrailrv.com.au/
New Age Caravanshttps://newagecaravans.com.au/
North Coast Offroad RVshttps://www.offroadrvs.com.au/
Offroad Hybridshttps://www.offroadhybrids.com.au/
Offroad RVshttps://www.offroadrvs.com.au
Olympic Caravanshttps://www.olympiccaravans.com.au
Opus Camperhttps://www.opuscamper.com.au/
Orca RVhttps://orcarv.com.au/orca-rv
Paramount Caravanshttps://www.paramountcaravans.com.au
Prime Campershttps://primecampers.com.au/
RhinoMax Campershttps://rhinomaxcampers.com.au/
Signature Camper Trailershttps://signaturecampertrailers.com.au/
Simplicity Campershttps://simplicitycampers.com.au/
Southern Cross Camper Trailershttps://www.sccampertrailers.com.au/
Star Visionhttps://starvision.com.au/
Stoney Creek Campershttps://stoneycreekcampers.com.au/
Swag Camper Trailershttps://www.swagcampertrailers.com.au/
Track Trailerhttps://www.tracktrailer.com.au/
Trailblazers RVhttps://www.ttrv.com.au
Trakmasterhttps://trakmaster.com.au/
Urban Caravanshttps://urbancaravans.com.au
Vanglass RVhttps://www.vanglassrv.com.au/
Vision RVhttps://visionrv.com.au/
Vista RVhttps://www.vistarv.com.au/
Wallaroo Caravanshttps://www.wallaroocaravans.com.au/
Wild Boar Campershttps://wildboarcampers.com
Zone RVhttps://www.zonerv.com.au

Buy the Pop Top Caravans spreadsheet

Don’t forget, if you want to be able to sort through the full list of Australian pop top caravans, we have them on a spreadsheet, available for just $9. Just click the image below:

Graphic showing a pop top caravan with the title, Pop top caravans Australia.

Tracey

Saturday 3rd of October 2020

Hi, thanks for your article. We're looking at a pop top caravan but are fairly limited for size as we need to be able to store it in a garage (we live in a townhouse complex). Do you know of any vans that would come in under 2m travel height and 5m travel length? The height seems to be our problem. We were looking at the option of a folding draw bar to help with the length.

Michelle

Sunday 4th of October 2020

Hi Tracey, Hmmmn... I think you're right, height is going to be the challenge. A camper trailer might be your best (only) option?

Seamus O’Sullivan

Thursday 20th of August 2020

Hello Ben & Michelle, Thanks for your article above, we currently own a Goldstream Storm & are considering changing this over to a pop top as we reaching retirement age. We do intend to continue off roading however in an endeavour to maximise space are you aware of any off road pop tops that incorporate a slide out bed on the side of the van. Thanks in advance.

Brett

Monday 23rd of November 2020

Emu campers -expedition model.

Michelle

Friday 21st of August 2020

Hi Seamus, The first one that pops into my head is the hybrid from MDC. It's a small off-road pop-top where the bed slides out the back of the van. You can have a look at them here: https://www.marketdirect.com.au/off-road-caravans/xt-12-hybrid-offroad-caravan/