We don’t just talk about van conversions here, we also love some of the new camper vans that are manufactured and for sale right here in Australia.
While they don’t have that unique and totally personalised feeling of van conversions, they are a fantastic option for those that don’t have the time or inclination to convert their own van; but do have the cash to spend on a new camper van.
And there is something special about having a slick new motorhome where everything is finished and all you need to do is get in and drive away.
So I’ve scoured the internet for smalls campervans for sale here in Australia (we define what a camper van is in this post here) and I’ve been pleasantly surprised at just how many manufacturers there are.
A new campervan costs between $85,000 for a relatively basic model which includes a bathroom, kitchen and sleeping quarters for 2 – right up to $200,000+ for a high end 4WD model.
The first half of this list are camper van manufacturers that seem to have a fairly large national presence and you can buy their vans at dealers.
The second half of the list are smaller operations that you may not find at dealerships and have a much smaller stock output.
Let’s dive in! But heads up, this is a long post, so you may wanna use the table of contents below for reference.
New camper vans Australia
- New camper vans Australia
- Horizon Motorhomes
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- Latitude Motorhomes
- Nova Motorhomes
- Adria Twin
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Horizon Motorhomes specialise in motorhomes in the 6-7m length, and have a pretty big range built on the Fiat Ducato and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, so you’re going to be spoilt for choice!
The Melaleuca is Horizon Motorhomes biggest seller, and I can see why. It has all the comforts and conveniences of any new camper van, but it’s the least expensive in their range.
Built on the Fiat Ducato LWB it comes in at just under 6m, so it’s small enough to get into most parking spaces, but big enough for 2 people.
There is a house battery with DC-DC multi-stage 12v battery charger, so you can free camp if you want to, and add solar if you need.
Built on the Fiat Ducato XLWB the ‘xtra’ length in the wheel base allows for a bigger bathroom (the largest one in the Horizon range), a bigger galley and more storage space.
With the extra seat at the front of the Banksia, it now enables 3 people to travel together, but it also opens up the living / dining space so that now 3 people can sit around the table.
Space is sacrificed in the bathroom and galley though, with the wardrobe/pantry removed and the fridge size reduced to an under-counter option.
The Wattle is built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter LWB and it also has the option of 4×4.
You’ll see that the layout is very similar to the Casuarina (I mean, they’re all pretty similar) with the larger bathroom, galley and storage space.
The Acacia is also built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter LWB and has the option of 4×4. This layout includes the extra seat up the front, but also has the option of making it a double seat. This may be perfect for those families or friends that want to travel together and are happy to bring along a tent for sleeping.
If single beds are your preference, but you also want to be able to transport a couple of passengers, the Waratah layout may be the right fit for you.
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.
They have an awesome slide away toilet (to make more room in the shower), double hinged fridge so you can open it from either side, 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.
I recommend having a look at 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.
The Trakkadu looks like the quintessential camper van. With it’s small boxy shape and that pop up roof, it has strong visual connections to the VW Kombi which was so popular in the 70’s and 80’s.
Those connections aren’t just visual though; the similarity begins with the base vehicle as the Trakkadu is built on the Volkswagen T6.1 Transporter.
The are 4 variants of the Trakkadu – The 340 (2WD), 340 4Motion, 450 4Motion, 450 AT (which has an upgraded off-road capabilities.
The Torino is the van for you if you want the north/south sleeping arrangement (for the taller folks) but also want the shortest van possible.
Built on the Fiat Ducato XLWB (6.36m) this camper van is perfect for two people with all the features you need for a comfortable and safe ride.
Built on the Volkswagen Crafter, the Akuna comes in 2 lengths and 3 different layouts.
This is brand new! Coming out in summer 2021/22, this layout is built on the medium wheel base and is a bit of a departure from their other layouts. It looks like the bathroom no longer includes the ‘hideaway toilet’, and the kitchen has the portable induction stove rather than the diesel cooker; but the beds are easily converted to whatever layout suits you best.
At just under 6m this is a compact little unit that can cater for both ‘tourers’ and the more adventurous (with off road option).
I can’t wait to see the new Trakka Akuna A2M!
You’ll see that the layout of the Akuna A2 is almost the same as the Torino, but built on the Volkswagen Crafter LWB; and at 6.84m it’s a bit longer.
Adding 2 seats gives this camper van the versatility of taking passengers when you need to, and being able to have guests for a drink or a meal and everyone has a seat.
It still only sleeps 2, but having the extra seats may be a game changer for some.
And now we come to my favourite of the Trakka vans, the Jabiru. Built on the ever popular Mercedes Sprinter, these all come with an AWD option.
Again, it’s the smallest of the range that has taken my fancy. Although with the new Akuna A2M coming out, I’m beginning to wonder which features I value most. Do I want the larger bathroom (with slide away toilet) of the Jabiru J2M, or is the north/south bed of the Akuna A2M a deal breaker? (My preference is still for the Jabiru, but that’s cos I can fit in the east/west bed; hubby, on the other hand, will probably get pretty tired of having to sleep with his knees bent.)
Another campervan suitable for 2 people, the Jabiru J2 is built for people that love the luxury and don’t plan on heading off the beaten (although there is the AWD option for those that want it.)
Another 4 seater / 2 sleeper version built on the Mercedes Sprinter LWB.
It can be a bit overwhelming trying to find the campervan that best suits your needs. So I’ve created a spreadsheet with all the campervans included in this massive list, as well as all the base vans (i.e. non-converted) that can be bought new in Australia.
It includes the exterior dimensions, interior height, base price, seating and bed layout, bathroom, solar and air conditioning; with links to each one.
Just enter your name and email address and I’ll send you the spreadsheet.
Jayco must be one of the biggest manufacturers of caravans here in Australia; but you might be surprised to learn that they do have a small range of motorhomes and Jayco campervans for sale.
Built on the Renault Master
Vehicle: Renault Master Length: 6.2mSleeps: 2Bathroom: YesOff grid (batteries, fresh water tanks, toilet & grey water tanks): YesPrice: $89,990
Built on the Fiat Ducato
Built on the Mercedes Sprinter
The Optimum looks to be the upgraded (i.e. ‘optimum’) version of the MS 22-2. The layout and most of the specs are the same, but with some more high end features.
All Terrain Campervan
Once again, the All Terrain is the same layout as the JRV MS 22-2 and the Optimum MS 22-2 but with the added bonus of being AWD.
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!
The Avida Escape is the ONLY campervan in Australia that caters for families AND includes a bathroom.
And they do it quite elegantly. That electric roll down bed makes it an easy switch from spacious family dining/lounging area into two adult sized singles on the bottom and a double bed on the top.
Winnebago have their own manufacturing plant here in Australia; so of course their motorhome model names are based on some of our iconic beaches. The camper van is known as the Bondi.
Bondi 2S FB
This fixed bed model is perfect for a couple. While you could be forgiven for thinking the dinette is extra seating, these are not seat-belted, so the camper van remains a seating and sleeping van for two.
The Bondi 4S has seating for 4 people, and sleeps 2.
The Avan Applause camper vans are different from all the other campers in that the bathroom is a nice design; it’s not just pure functionality, it looks good too!
I have to admit that the shower does look a bit squishy, but the bathroom isn’t all practical, with no style.
With the off set single beds this layout is quite different to most others. But it looks like a great layout and use of space if you don’t have to sleep right next to your partner.
The following seem to be smaller companies that don’t necessarily have stock ready to be purchased at a dealer.
Also, because they’re small companies they don’t necessarily have the marketing budget to keep their websites up to date. Information about these camper vans is a little sparse, but it gives you an idea of what’s currently available and you can at least make some comparisons.
Talvor are the supplier of all the Appollo rental fleet, and while they do say on their website that you can buy a new one (rather ex rental campervans for sale), I haven’t been able to find a new one for sale online.
For those that are looking for a smaller campervan, we’ve got a couple of Toyota Hiace campervans for sale coming up…
The most reliable campervans in Australia are those built on the Toyota Hiace, like the Talvor Hitop Camper.
The Toyota Hiace campervans are reliable and easily serviced, which makes them popular and therefore have strong resale value. No doubt it’s why so many campervan hire companies have Toyota Hiace camper vans.
The Euro Tourer can be built on either VW Crafter or Mercedes Sprinter.
The Seeker is built on the VW Crafter in either the medium or long wheel base.
The Envy is built on the Mercedes Sprinter MWB or LWB chassis and has the same layout as the Seeker above.
You can choose whether you want single beds or a double bed off to one side.
You may be familiar with the Kea in the camper van rental market, they are used by Maui, Britz and others. There is a market for refurbished camper vans, but you can also buy them new.
I haven’t been able to find these new, but it looks like they are a rental company staple and there are quite a few used vans online.
If you don’t mind the great big bull nose on the roof of your van, the Navigator makes a great option for 4 people.
There’s a nifty murphy bed type of arrangement at the back of the van that converts 2 seat-belted seats into one bed, and another bed fits into the attic space.
This 3 berth camper van is great for a small family. There’s the bed in the rear of the van, and an extra seat and single bed behind the cab area.
Emu RV has teamed up with Nova Motorhomes (you may be more familiar with the caravan manufacturing side of their business) to create a camper van built on the Fiat Ducato LWB or XLWB.
There are more small companies that manufacture campervans, but they can be a bit tough to find online; or the information that is available online is a little bit scant.
Here are a couple of manufacturers that you may want to check out, especially if you’re in the area (I’ll keep adding to this list as I find more.)
The Adria Twin is not manufactured in Australia, but I’ve decided to include this camper van in our lineup simply because I’m seeing quite a few new ones for sale here.
It may well be on your radar already so it’s worth comparing it with all the others.
Sunliner did have the Rialta but it hasn’t been active on their website for over a year now, and I can’t find any new vehicles for sale online; so I presume they’ve discontinued that model.
I’m just going to keep this placeholder here in the hopes that they’re working on a new model!
I think I’ve reached the end of this Google rabbit hole, are there any other Australian camper vans that I should have included in this list? Let me know in the comments!
With the costs of these new campervans, if you have the time, skills and patience, it would be a lot cheaper to convert your own campervan rather than buy one new.
That way, you can have it exactly the way that you want it, and if you do the work yourself, you’ll have a much better idea of how to fix things if they break.