Australia's first Caravan Museum

Ben Searle of Bundaberg has been collecting caravans over the last five years and has a caravan museum at Searle’s RV Centre.

His line-up includes the 1975 VW Kombi, a Grace Muir van which was built in Bundaberg in 1962, a Sunliner, an original Franklin built by Roma Caravans in 1961 which has an ice box and an interior gas light, a 1942 Seasider has the tools with which it was built, a Millard was sold by Ben’s father Paul in Geelong.

In November 2020 Ben Searle and his son Jackson took part in the Variety Bash Adventure from Bundaberg to Nindigully in Western Queensland in one of the exhibits the 1975 VW Kombi.

Ben said the 45 years old VW “didn’t miss a beat!”

Ben thanks his sponsors A2Z 4 X 4, Superior Plumbing Service Sunshine Coast, Bundaberg Auto World, The Youngest Heroes, Brothers at War Wines in South Australia, Peter Walton Tyres, Searles RV Centre and corporate sponsors Bundaberg Regional Council and Variety Children’s Charity.

If you are interested in caravanning take a look at this museum at Searles 23 Phoebe Crescent, near Bunnings. Admission is free.