A family camper van – can you get one in Australia?

In looking for a family camper van (with a bathroom), I found lots of them!

Unfortunately for us, they were mainly manufacturers in North America and Europe.

Since this website is specifically for an Australian audience, I only want to feature family camper vans that can be bought here in Australia.

But, who woulda thunk it…

There’s only ONE Australian made camper van that can sleep more than 2 people AND has a bathroom.

So we’ll get straight into it!

Family camper vans Australia

Avida Escape

Such a simple design, but boy this works a treat!

Floor plan of the Avida Escape camper van.
Avida Escape

The dinette area at the back of the van, serves as the dining area during the day; and as 2 single beds at night.

Then, another bed lowers down from the roof to provide a double bed.

How genius is that!

Video walkthrough:

AvidaRV.com.au

The only camper van I could find that didn’t include a bathroom, is the VW California.

VW California 6.1

With the ability to transport up to 7 people, and sleep up to 4, the California may be the right option for families.

With 2 adults on the bench seat that converts to a bed, and 2 kids in the pop up roof area, there’s enough room for everyone in the family to sleep comfortably.

Although, you couldn’t call this a camper van, TBH.

Sure, there’s room for everyone to sleep. But that’s it. There’s no cooking or storage or anything like that.

Grey camper van with pop up roof
VW California 6.1

Volkswagen.com.au

There are other VW California models in other countries that include things like a kitchen along one side of the van; however, at the time of writing this (July 2021) there is only the California 6.1 model available here in Australia.

Converting your own van into the perfect family camper van

So if you want to travel Australia with your family, and you’re determined that you’d like to do it in a small motorhome (i.e. a camper van) AND have a bathroom onboard, then I think that converting your own van may be the only way to go.

Here are some examples of families in their converted camper vans:

Bunks above the main bed

Small childs bunk above the main bed

The Fite family made a bunk bed above their main bed, for daughter Everly.

Now that they’ve added another tiny human to their family, they created a murphy bed crib to their set-up. It’s simple genius. You can see it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/B56AVDhlJCJ/

Single bunks / cubbies above the main bed

If you’ve been looking at camper vans or RVs for a bit, you may have already seen the work of www.thismovinghouse.co.uk.

The design of this camper van allowed for a family of 4 to sleep comfortably, having seperate sleeping quarters, but still having the space be stylish and uncluttered. It looks like a purpose built boat design to me.

Double platform above main bed

This family created double bunk beds above the main bed, and these can be pushed up to create a bit more space when they’re not in use.

Drop down bed

The Calloway family have been travelling for years and have set up their 4×4 Mercedes Sprinter to perfectly accomodate their family.

I love how this drop down bed can be easily lifted to allow for a dining space underneath, but still have everything neat and tidy.

Bunks in the living area

Bunks above living area

The two bunks can be tilted up to provide a bit more head room. But it’s a great way to give each child their own sleeping space, and a bit of room between them and their parents.

Bunks along the side

 Creating bunks for their 2 young girls was a great sleeping arrangement for this family, and it appears that others agree!

Ramble and Revive have now converted a couple of sprinter vans for others and added the small bunks!

All the peeps

Well that’s one way of fitting everyone in!

It makes me think of sardines… but at least everyone is warm and on a comfortable bed.

Roof top tent

While not exactly ‘in’ the camper van, putting a tent on the roof means that you’ve got a comfy bed ready to go whenever you stop.

And I’m sure there are many kids and parents who would appreciate not having to share the same space!

Do you think any of these sleeping arrangements would work for you and your family?


Looking for the right size van for you to convert?

To save you the hassle of combing through each manufacturers website, I’ve created a spreadsheet with all the vans that can be bought new in Australia.

The spreadsheet includes exterior dimensions, interior height, base price and links to each one.

(It also includes all the camper vans you can buy new in Australia, if you change your mind and decide you don’t want to do a conversion.)

Just enter your name and email address and I’ll send you the spreadsheet.

Get our FREE Campervan Comparison spreadsheet to help you find the right van for you!

The spreadsheet includes all make/models of campervans and base vans manufactured, or sold new, in Australia.

Includes dimensions, specs like berths, solar & aircon, as well as base price and URLs.


    Converting your van into a camper van

    If you’re planning to do the conversion yourself, you may want to start with figuring out the layout of your camper van and then finding the right size van for the layout that you want.

    If you’re not sure you can undertake the conversion yourself, we’ve put together a list of Australian van conversion companies.

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