Otway's Loft

42 Station Street, Forrest, Forrest, 3236, Australia
  based on 9 reviews
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Otways Loft is curious mix of tree-house, vintage train, raw and recycled materials, set in a rambling adventure garden.

We scoured Victoria to find a property to match Liptrap Loft. We found another hand built 'labor of love', unique  and full of character. This property in Forrest was quite run-down, but we renovated the house and Otways Loft has been set up solely as holiday accommodation.

It is not 5 star luxury, but we can say with confidence that it is UNIQUE. The builder lived in a shed on-site, and craned in a train carriage to use as a workshop, whist building the house. It is an eclectic construction, built on a framework of local tree poles. In parts, it is three storeys high. The interior is a mixture of parts from the train carriage, locally felled timber, materials from a nearby church, and other salvaged bits and pieces. The original build is reputed to have taken over 5 years.

Forrest is a gorgeous small town of weatherboard shacks, surrounded by towering Mountain Ash rainforest with verdant ferny understory. It is lush and abundant. The dawn birdsong is deafening. The surrounding Otways rainforest is a pristine playground for nature-based things to do.

Things To Do

After logging ceased, Forrest was reinvented as a centre for mountain biking. The world class Forrest mountain bike trails have become the region’s signature activity. The mountain bike trails in Forrest are rated as some of the best in Australia. With over 60 kilometres of sign-posted single track, there is way too much for just one day. Mountain bike trails literally surround the town, so visitors experience genuine ride-in, ride-out from the house. With great regret we no longer offer the four free bikes. The expectation of having bikes in good working order was a service we could not reliably offer without living nearby and maintaining them between guests. Bring your own mountain bikes or you can hire bikes at Forrest Hire Bikes, two minutes walk away.

There's fantastic dégustation and quality food (local produce) at Bespoke Harvest in town.  The Microbrewery and Cafe offers great food and you absolutely must try the locally brewed beer. Good coffee is available at the General Store (plus good basic lunches like pulled pork rolls, they also sell fantastic sour dough bread baked on site).  The Corner Store, only a couple of hundred meters away, has cycling lunch fuel, coffee, bike hire/repair and trail info.  For pub fare, the pub doesn’t disappoint and is open every night, always with a toasty fire in winter. All within walking distance.

Brae restaurant has been ranked in the top 100 restaurants in the world.  It is a twenty minute drive from Forrest, so well worth a visit.

Otway Fly is a facility that showcases the beauty of the Otways rain forest.  It is longest and highest rain forest sky walk in the world. They also have zip lining.  It's great for kids.

There are lots of waterfalls to visit, Hopetoun, Triplet and Beauchamp Falls are all near Beech Forrest, as well as the Redwood forest, another must see of the region.

Closer to the house are Stephenson Falls and Lake Elizabeth, where platypus are frequently sighted at dawn and dusk, and glow worms at night. Also close by are Little Aire Falls, Triplet Falls and the West Barwon Reservoir.

Spoil yourself and make it a long weekend. Take the Great Ocean Road home on Monday when there is no one around.


Linen and towels are included and beds will be made up for you on arrival.

  • 1. Upstairs master bedroom with claw foot bath. Two singles are zipped together as a King.
  • 2. Upstairs reading room with balcony has three singles, 2 singles can be zipped together to make a King.
  • 3. Downstairs is a third bedroom has a Queen bed
  • 4. There is a third storey loft with a loft ladder and landing. This is available as another bedroom for someone nimble. Double futon.

Total: 5 singles  (two of which convert to King beds), 1 double, 1 Queen. There are enough beds to sleep 9, but Maximum guests = 8

Option to rent two places side by side (sleep up to 14 together)

The train carriage next door is also available for holiday rental.
They can be rented together for larger groups. Together the properties can sleep up to 14 guests ( but ideal for a total of 10-12).

There is a large fence between both properties. Both places feel separate (a gate can be unlocked between the 2 places if rented together).


Special features include :

  • free standing claw foot bath in master bedroom ( with a lovely view over the green yard and landscape)
  • newly renovated bathroom
  • wood fired heater with wood supply included
  • air con/split system in lounge room
  • evaporative cooling in both second storey bedrooms
  • dishwasher
  • washing machine and dryer
  • WiFi
  • hammock
  • piano 
  • Full kitchen with oven, stove, microwave.
  • Italian style stovetop coffee maker and French press (plunger)
  • basic provisions like olive oil, spices, tea, coffee, cling-wrap, dishwasher tablets etc
  • main bathroom with shower and toilet, hand sink. Second upstairs loo with little hand-sink. 
  • lush garden
  • playground fort with swings for children

Before Booking

Cleaning, bed linen and towels are included in the price. Beds made up for you on arrival as per your requirements.

We expect guests to leave the place in a tidy state, dishes washed/dried and put away. All rubbish and recycling to be put outside in appropriate Municipal bins. Bins to be put out on a Sunday for pick up Monday morning. 

No smoking inside. No candles please.

Inside and outside dogs and pets are welcome. Please keep pets off the furniture. There is a dog run around the balcony, where large dogs can be left safely . The yard is fenced but the fencing is not perfect or dog proof.  You need to remove all dog poo from the yard. 

No TV: There is a stereo, books and board games and broadband/WiFi (good speed and reliable) and a Piano

Parking is on Station Street. 

Please see terms and conditions before booking.

Otways Loft is priced to make the property attractive to both smaller families and also groups of up to 8. Big groups take much longer to clean-up after and use more electricity, water and firewood, so we have set up a sliding price scale. There is a flat rate for up to 4 guests. Each guest above this is an additional $50 per night – this way small groups aren’t excluded and it covers the additional cleaning and utility costs for larger groups. A flat rate works well for some properties but are trialling this system to make it less expensive for smaller groups.


3 Bedroom, 1 Living room, 2 Toilet

  • Sleeping
    Bed linen, 1 Double bed, 2 King bed, 1 Queen bed
  • Cooking
    Cooking utensils, Dishwasher, Kitchen stove, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Spices, Toaster
  • Heating/Cooling
    Air conditioning, Fireplace, Heating available
  • Outside
    Private Balcony, Private Terrace
  • Entertainment
    Broadband Internet, Piano, Stereo system, Telephone
  • Sanitary
    Hair dryer, Shower, Washbasin
  • Laundry
    Clothes dryer, Iron & Board, Washing machine
  • Outside
    Gas BBQ, Deck chairs, Bicycles, Private Garden, Private Playground
Children welcome, Pets welcome,Credit cards accepted, Accessible 24/7
Check in:
3:00 PM
Check out:
11:00 AM

42 Station Street Forrest, Forrest, 3236, Australia


Otways Loft can be found on Google Maps with the address:

42 Station St-Forrest 3236

Enter via side gate via side lane through the rose arbour.

Or if you enter through front gate walk up through garden and head right at swing set and around to the side of the house with red rattler train doors.

Walk up steps and past deck chairs hanging on the wall, past wood shed and around to back door.

You will see the keysafe next to the back door.  Please return key to keysafe on departure.

You will note a luggage trolley. Which might be helpful if you have lots of stuff.

Lastly you can bring your car around the back via Sanderson Lane near the train and park behind the bollards (avoid blocking the neighbours drive) and unload from up hill, which may be easier. Have a look once you get there. You will just need to move your car back to Station Street once you have unloaded. The lane is a pedestrian bike path, but we have permission to use the spot for loading and unloading.

Forrest does not have a petrol station. The closest fuel is Colac, Winchelsea, Lorne and Apollo Bay, so make sure you have plenty.

Some local tips - guest favourites:

Otway Fly- longest and highest rain forest sky walk in the world. Also has zip lining.

Hopetoun Falls, Triplet Falls & Beauchamp Falls and The Redwood Forest. All near Beech Forrest.

Lake Elizabeth is about an 8km walk/cycle or drive from Otways Loft. You can do a lovely 4 km walk /loop around the lake. Platypus are frequently sighted at dusk or dawn. Glow worms can often be seen at night.

Stephenson Falls 10-15 minutes from Forrest is a comfortable walk with kids.

Forrest Microbrewery - 1 minute walk. Great coffee. Good breakfast and lunch. Dinner Thursday-Sun . Thursday dinner has a limited menu but it's open.

General Store has great home made pies, good basic lunches (like pulled pork roles). Fantastic sour dough baked on site. Now it also offers mountain bike hire.

Mountain bike trails - there is a map on the wall with the myriad of trails. Best to bring your own bikes or hire them from the general store.

Lastly our guests have been saying that these 2 new activities are wonderful:

New Tree Adventure-Otway Park

Yeodene -0429374653

16 km from Forrest.


Otway E bikes

Beech Forrest


Nathan is reputed to be wonderful

based on 9 reviews
Stephanie (South australia)

If you're looking for a get away from the hustle and bustle of life, this place is for you. The location is perfect and quiet, and because it's such a small town the hospitality of everyone is wonderful. Fleur made our entire trip, from making sure the fire was going when we arrived and even driving us to and from our reservation to Brae. The fact that there was no tv was a delight as many games of monopoly was played. The bathtub in the room was such an amazing touch! Thank you so much

Young couple  |  stayed in 9/2019

Breanne Geyle (Yarraville )
Loved it!

We stayed at otways loft as a family with kids 5-13 and there was something for everyone in this glorious part of the world. The property is so homely and welcoming and instantly felt relaxed there. The playground was a hit with the kids and the tracks basically at the door worked well for the kids to access tracks through the day. We would love to stay again . The no tv was perfect for what we needed to and as a family it meant we played games and spoke. :) awesome weekend . Thanks Fleur

Not specified  |  stayed in 4/2019

simone tenge

Otways Loft is one of the most enjoyable places we have ever stayed in. It has the perfect mix of quirky and quality. As a family, we enjoyed the board games, the log fire, well-equipped kitchen with quality appliances, awesome mountain biking, large yard for our dog. I especially loved the upstairs bedroom, with bath and the most luxurious linen on the bed. Our teenage son loved the loft bedroom where he could sleep away the morning. There is so much do in Forrest and surrounds, we will be back. Thank you Dufflebird. You do it so well, it's not surprising you have won awards.

Family with older children  |  stayed in 9/2018

Cordelia (Australia)
Beautiful house and setting

Such a beautiful, unique property - quirky, cosy and comfortable. We had a very relaxing three days here, enjoying mountain biking, cooking in the spacious and very well-equipped kitchen, board-games, the log fire, baths, strolls to Forrest centre for lunch (great food), communing with the local lamas and an absolutely stunning hike around Lake Elizabeth.

Not specified  |  stayed in 10/2017

Glenn (Melbourne)
Gentlemen's Mountain Biking Weekend

This is my second stay at the Loft after visiting with my family of 5 for the first time in November 2016. This time it was 3 men on a Forrest mountain biking weekend with the Loft as our base of operations supported by the fabulous brewery, general store and mountain bike shop. The accommodation and facilities are comprehensive and it was spotless again. The recently replaced dish washer and the luggage cart were very responsive improvements following feedback from our previous stay. It is such a comfortable and tranquil house to get away in and Forrest is a gem of a small country town that has made a successful contemporary transition.

Group  |  stayed in 2/2017

Peta (Melbourne)
Loved this quirky treehouse!

Family enjoyed a long weekend break in Forrest - Otways Loft was super cute and quirky and had everything we needed. Teenagers loved having their own larger rooms, and we loved that it was a mini digital detox for them! Our dog could come too, which was great. We didn't want to leave........ Thank you Fleur

Family with young children  |  stayed in 1/2017

Anna (Melbourne )
Love Forrest Loft

Our favourite place to stay in Victoria. Amazing house, garden and town. Hiking, mountain biking, swimming, amazing food and fabulous brewery. If it's crappy weather, light the fire 🔥 play the piano, cook up a feast or just read and open a can of soup.

Family with young children  |  stayed in 1/2017

Mike (Melbourne)
Great tree-change break from the city

We had a great time at the Otway Loft. The house was really interesting with lots of great spaces to enjoy. Was perfect for our family of 5 but would also be perfect for 2 or 3 couples or a boys weekend for moutain biking which is what my husband is planning! The house is located in a great spot - walk to everything but you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. We ate at the Forrest Brewery for dinner which was great, Bespoke Harvest for lunch (fabulous and a must do!) and the Wonky donkey (good standard pub fare but super hectic the night we went with campers due to the rain). There is also a great little general store for provisions, lunch options and sweet treats! Really impressive options for such a small town. The kitchen at the Loft has everything you need for self catering. We had a mixture of weather but all can be enjoyed at Otway Loft as there are great outdoor spaces when the sun is out and an open fire and lots of heating if its cold. There is no tv which didnt bother us but bring games and jigsaws etc for quiet times. The sound system was good and theres a piano if you want to play some tunes. Lots to do in the area. We spent a full day in the Beech Forrest area doing the Otway Fly walk, a picnic and and a walk through the Redwood Forest, Houpton Falls and a sensational guided tour riding electric bikes with Otway E Bikes - give Nathan a call - great value at $105 for our family of five for a couple of hours action! The kids loved putting the bikes in motorbike mode!! (Our kids aged 8 and 10 and handled bikes fine but there are trailer options for younger kids). My husband hired a moutain bike from The Corner Store which is a shop dedicated to the mountain biking community and has not stopingped talking about the great tracks in the Forrest area (about 16 with different degrees of difficulty). We will definitely be back to the Otway Loft.

Group  |  stayed in 11/2016

Mark (Melbourne)
Beautiful Experience

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!

Not specified  |  stayed in 9/2016

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