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Steam: Train Carriage in The Otways

Cottage, Forrest

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Min 2 - 4 nights stay

6 guests
3 bedrooms
6 beds
1 bathroom


Take a step back in time, to bygone era, where life was simpler. Where people spent time with dignified entertainment and seemed to have more space and time. Welcome back to the great age of Steam.......

Just a couple of hours from Melbourne,Steam is the third holiday rental property developed by Dufflebird and Liptrap Loft ( 3 time Stayz State award winner & 2 time National award winner).

The carriage was used as a workshop, when the original owner was building the house next door. Otway's Loft (also listed on STAYZ). Parts of the train were stripped and used in the house construction.

When we started renovating the carriage it was quite run down. There was not enough intact to restore it authentically, so we have developed our own style that is vaguely steam-punk influenced.

Almost every surface had to have something done to it. We thought we would strip out and move around a few panels and dividers, but we found that carriages were really tightly put together (all that rattling) and hard to pull apart. When we did get panels off, we had no idea what we would find. We completely stripped and rewired the electrical, and did plumbing from scratch. Renovating anything nearly a century old will have its challenges, but this was exceptional.

It is not 5 star luxury, and certainly not for everyone, but it is one of a kind. Steam's popularity with guests has amazed us.

Forrest is a gorgeous small town of weatherboard shacks, surrounded by towering Mountain Ash rain forest with lush ferny under-story. The dawn birdsong is extraordinary. There is a lot to do around Forrest even if you are not a mountain biker.

Special features include :

- 3 bedrooms. Can sleep 6 guests but 2 or 4 would be more comfortable. See Sleeping Options below.

- Linen, towels, hand towels and tea towels are provided. The beds will be made up when you arrive.

- Bathroom with shower

- Open plan kitchen/living room

- Wood fire box heater with wood supply included

- Nobo heaters

- Full small kitchen with stove, oven, sink, fridge

- No washing machine and dryer

- WiFi

-Bluetooth sound system

- Italian style stove-top coffee maker

- Basic provisions like olive oil, spices, tea, coffee, Vegemite and Glad Wrap

- 2 adult mountain bikes available and suitable for trails. Helmets.

- Pets and children welcome. The yard is fenced but not necessarily dog proof.

NO TV. There is a sound system, books and board games.

Enter via Sanderson Lane. You cant miss it, it is the only train carriage at the elbow in the lane.


The train can sleep six people, but four would be more comfortable.

The small bed rooms used to be train seating compartments, only 2.1m square, so they are only just longer than a bed. The rooms are close together, the bath room is between the kids and second bedroom and there is not a lot of audio insulation. You can hear what is happening in the next compartment.

It is ideal for:

• A couple (with the whole train for themselves it is pretty spacious).

• A couple and two kids.

It should work well for:

• A couple, and up to four kids. Two kids would need to sleep in one queen bed. It would be a great place for kids to bring a friend.

• Two couples, as long as they were good friends. It would be close living.

It may work for:

• Four adults, one in each bed. The single beds are train beds, like caravan beds (750mm wide).

• Any more adults would be possible, but only if you are planning to be out most of the day and out for dinner. If it a just place to sleep, it could work.


Master: Two compartments long, with a queen bed.

Second: Single compartment with two thin single beds.

Third: Single compartment with a queen bed.


The house next door (Otway's Loft) was built using recycled materials, locally milled timber and train parts. The two properties can be rented together if you have a larger group. Together they can sleep a maximum of 14 (10-12 ideal)



The carriage is no stranger to conversion. It has had an amazing history, with 7 lives

and 5 conversions. It was built as a First Class carriage in 1926 and converted between First and Second Class 4 times, then retired in 1983. More detailed history, some photos and original plans of the carriage are available on booking.


Steam, certainly wont be for everyone, but we have had great feedback from the young and the young at heart. There seems to be a great fondness for the "Great Age of Steam", when locomotives were king! At the turn of the century trains were the greatest technological achievement of humans, they opened new horizons, and were a symbol of power and progress. We hope we have tapped in to this, and we're excited to be able to offer this unique accommodation to guests.


Features covered by Stayz Rental Assurance


Balcony Children welcome Coffee maker Deck/Patio Dishes and utensils Games Heating Internet access Iron and board Kitchen Lawn/Garden Linens provided Living room Long-term renters welcome Non-Smoking Outdoor grill Oven Pantry items Parking Pets allowed Refrigerator Stove Toaster Towels provided Wood stove
Steam: Train Carriage in The Otways is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 10.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent property! Such a unique and special place to stay. The kids loved the carriage, as did we!
Date published: 2016-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of a kind L​oved​ loved loved our stay​ at Steam Carriage in Forrest. We have stayed at the unique Liptrap Loft and Otways Lofts and we were excited to check out Dufflebirds latest project. They have done it again! Steam has been wonderfully restored with a modern edge.​ Steam is punk inspired ​with lots of attention to detail to make this place remarkably unique. You can feel the passion that has gone into making it fun, modern and functional.​ Yet at the same time there is no mistaking you are aboard a vintage train with a long history. Communication was excellent. We had everything we needed including lots of fire wood. The yard is also pretty and was big enough for our hound to run around. Definitely recommend, lots of fun and 100% will return.
Date published: 2016-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and Unique property We hired out the Steam Train Carriage and the Otways Loft for a group of 10 friends over one weekend. I’ve got to say the place was perfect. The train was a huge hit with everyone and arguments ensued over who would get to stay in the old carriages. The inside of the train has been decorated with steam punk inspired gizmos and gadgets scattered around in all the little nooks. Whilst the loft was more of a large wooden cabin which is where the majority of our time was spent as a group, nestled in near the wood fire with a nice glass of wine. A lot of attention has been given to all the small details which make these two properties so unique. A must stay!
Date published: 2016-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very unique experience We had a friend visiting from the US and wanted to show him the mountain bike trails in Forrest. I came across the Steam carriage and thought "we have to stay there, it will make the visit super special". Indeed, it was an unforgettable experience, and we had a ball. The property was well appointed and clean, and the owners were very understanding when my 15mo son vomited on the doona of one of the beds, even though we weren't being charged for him. It is perhaps not the easiest property to have toddlers in - the wood fire posed particular a challenge, and we ended up bathing him in the kitchen sink as the bathroom was a bit tight. That aside, we had a great time, and really recommend it to others looking for a different experience.
Date published: 2016-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highlight of our trip! Awesome place to stay, quirky and fun, family friendly, great yard, train carriage surprising spacious and comfortable and very well equipped kitchen, wood fired with wood chopped ready to go, everything you could need including coffee machine and walking distance to a fantastic brewery. Thumbs up all round, would defiantly recommend.
Date published: 2016-05-10
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