Crusader Caravans

Crusader Caravans

During the 1960’s, several New Zealand caravan manufacturers attempted to export their vans into Australia…but very few succeeded. With the freight cost, an already slim profit margin and stiff competition from already established Australian caravan brands, it simply wasn’t a good idea.
Victoria Mitchell
Franklin Caravans

Franklin Caravans

It was 1947 when a friend suggested to a 17 year-old Geoff Robertson that they take a Christmas holiday in Lorne, Victoria. Not exactly flush with money, Geoff thought he’d build a caravan for the trip, although he’d never done this before.
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Millard Caravans

Millard Caravans

If ever there were a ‘right time, right place’ success story, Millard would be it.

From humble beginnings in the 1940’s, Millard grew to be one of the ‘big five’ caravan manufacturers in Australia (which also included Viscount, Franklin, Chesney and Coronet for those interested!).

Founded by Jim Darlington and his son John, Millard is one of Australia’s oldest caravan brands, and it still plays a role in how Australians enjoy the caravan lifestyle today.

Victoria Mitchell
Sunliner Caravans

Sunliner Caravans

If you grew up in Australia somewhere between the 1950’s and 1970’s, chances are you would know the Sunliner. Possibly the most iconic Australian van at the time, Sunliner Caravans was started by Bert Tickner, a clever, determined man, who had a knack for small business.
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Viscount Caravans

Viscount Caravans

Not only do I remember staying in one as a child, I also chose the Viscount caravan to be part of our Van Go Collections because it’s such an iconic Australian brand. One of my favourites, the Viscount 1968 Ambassador, with its distinctive ‘lightning flash’ or ‘twin flash’ design, features in our Winter Collection, and the 1978 Supreme Pop Top, with its fabulous pop-up roof, is part of our Magical Mornings range.
Victoria Mitchell