Wollongong Heritage and Stories

Category tag: australian motorlife museum, leisure

bonnie gem caravan and contents

With the coming of the car, Australians were able to travel to their destinations much quicker than ever before, prompting them to explore more of their environment and spend more time in it.

The humble caravan added to the experience providing travellers with their own transportable home to take with them.

This caravan, named ‘Bonnie Gem’, was much more than a mobile home.  She was like one of the family. She was owned by a family from Earlwood in Sydney, made up of mum, dad and their daughter. 

Every year, from 1956 to the 1980s, ‘Bonnie Gem’ would be towed from Earlwood to Shoalhaven Heads for the Christmas holidays. 

She has been lovingly maintained and cared for and was eventually donated to Australian Motorlife Museum along with all the accessories the family kept inside her. 

She is a delight to come across when exploring the motoring collection at Australian Motorlife Museum.

Australian Motorlife Museum

Integral Energy Recreation Park Darkes Rd Kembla Grange, NSW, 2530

02 4261 4100

Opening Hours

9.30-4.30 each day, with last entry at 4pm.