About Fleur Leslie
“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R Tolkien Remember that famous line from Alice in Wonderland as she heads down the rabbit hole into a strange new world of untold imagination. “Curiouser and curiouser!” Well that’s the way we hope you feel about our 10 unique wonderlands. Duffelbird’s flock of getaways are for those with a heart for adventure – places where you can unwind or unravel, let your existential selves hang free to ponder life and love, under the stars, away from the noise – immersed in nature. Our hidden gems are rich in character and layered in mystery, no more than 2.5 hours out of Melbourne – a converted steam train in the Otways, a mid-century charmer on the fringe of an orchid forest, a glass fronted masterpiece overlooking the wild waters of Westernport – each of them tucked away in some of the most unspoilt corners of Victoria, waiting for you to explore with wide eyes and wonder. Bring your well-mannered dogs. Let them roam free, (just not on the furniture) while you settle in to our sometimes quirky, often eclectic, always whimsical, hideaways. Can you hear the water? The breaking waves? The cascading waterfall? Can you feel the peace, the calm, the astounding beauty of Mother Nature wrapping you in a gentle embrace? We’ve felt it too. At the ritual Burning Man in the Nevada desert, deep in the jungles of Costa Rica and atop the volcanic peaks of Hawaii. And we want to give all the quirky travellers out there a chance to awaken that ‘wanderlust’ energy. Because we all need time out so we don’t go bonkers in the real world. Go on, escape the chaos, experience the enrichment of nature, the magic of complete abandonment, the inspiration of new surrounds. Let Dufflebird be your tour guide to a wildly curious life. Rabbit hole to Wonderland, right this way. Fleur and Mike
Fleur Leslie purchased this Cabin in 2013
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Unique and charming accommodation
This old red rattler (now black) is a quirky, peaceful and centrally located place to have as a great launching place for some marvellous MTB riding or quite weekend retread, Loved it.
Thanks Vaughan for staying. You are welcome back anytime.
It took a couple of years for me to appreciate those trails. Originally I thought the mountain bike trails were for serious mountain bikers, but was delighted to find that (like ski runs) the grading allows beginners and kids to find trails suitable to our skill level. It is now one of my favourite things to do when Im staying in Forrest.
You can download trail maps at visitotways website.
Experience the charm of another era...
Once you board this beautiful train, you will feel transported into an era graced by Ladies and Gentlemen. Not only were my husband and I charmed, our two boys ran around for hours exploring every object of curiosity. Outside, they enjoyed splitting logs for the wood burner and swinging on the hammock, we really enjoyed these thoughtful touches. We found it surprisingly spacious inside, and Donna the caretaker is meticulous with her cleaning, from the cutlery to the top of the refrigerator, this place was spotless. The limitations of our boot mounted bike rack meant that we could only transport my husband and our boys bikes, but another thoughtful touch was that Fleur provided two complementary bikes, which meant we could go for a family ride together. It was a real joy, I had not intended to ride, but I'm so glad I did. There are so many scenic tracks here, all within riding distance from Steam Carriage. I felt at ease for my boys safety as they were all very well maintained tracks, and very few cars around. This was a perfect place to enjoy time together away from technology, I would recommend Steam Carriage without hesitation.
Thanks so very much Wai for your kind words and it was an absolute pleasure having you to stay.
I will say though that we have removed mention of the 4 mountain bikes from our listing as much as we loved the idea of offering free bikes as a value add, we did find it a hard thing to orchestrate well, when we don't live close by. We think it is best to leave bike hire to the local shop in town ( Forrest Hire Bikes, a 2 minute walk form the carriage ) who are in a position to provide an excellent service. Mountain bikes used on those wonderful trails really should be serviced or readjusted/tweaked after each ride.
The four bikes are still in the locked bike shed and guests are welcome to use them at their own risk but may need to spend some time making sure they are in good safe working order. So they are available but we no longer list them as a feature.
People you need to book this stay! So different, cozy and a real experience! No TV so you have to talk to each other 😉 kids will get outside, there’s fishing, bike riding and a brewery for the mums and dads walking distance to the train carriage!!! It’s a MUST DO! Put it on your bucket list xxx
What a gem!
What a privilege it was to stay in such a unique space! The train was so artfully done and is full of quirky and whimsical touches. It was an experience just taking in all the details. It was spacious and cozy all at the same time and had absolutely everything we needed. Wines under the verandah are a must. Will definitely be back to this beautiful place!
Quaint and quirky. Very comfortable and clean.
Just loved this place. A fantastic job of restoring this carriage. We had 2 couples in our party and managed well in the space. Great facilities nice outdoor setting which we used to picnic under the trees. Close to brewery and general store. Thoroughly a recommended stay.
Thanks very much Rowena. It was an absolute; pleasure having you stay.
We really appreciate the fabulous communication and thank you so much for leaving the carriage in excellent shape. You are all very welcome back anytime.
A unique and fun getaway with all the mod-cons
A unique and fun getaway with all the mod-cons, set in an adventure destination. A fantastic launchpad for exploring Forrest and its surrounds. Or curl up in the hammock with a book and reclaim your centre.