Steam: Train Carriage

Sanderson Lane, Forrest, 3236, Australia
  based on 10 reviews
  •   6
  •   3
  • SQM 60
  •  Parking



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

The carriage was used as a workshop, when the original owner was building the house next door (also a Dufflebird property, Otway's Loft).  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, so we have developed our own style that is vaguely steam-punk influenced.

It has taken nine months to renovate the train from a pretty ragged start. Almost every surface had to have something done to it, and 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 over 100 years will have its challenges, but this was exceptional. It was opened July 2015. It is not 5 star luxury, but it is one of a kind. There is still a lot to do before achieving our vision, but 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 deafening. There is a lot to do around Forrest even if you are not a mountain biker.

Things To Do

After logging ceased, Forrest was reinvented as a centre for mountain biking.  The network of trails surrounding Forrest are some of the best mountain biking in Australia.

There's fantastic dégustation and quality food (local produce) at Bespoke Harvest restaurant 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 make sure to book ahead.

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.

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! In the late 1800's 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 share it with guests.


Ideal for 2, but can sleep 6

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

3 Bedrooms. 4 Beds. Sleeps 6.

Master: Two compartments long, with a Queen bed.

Second: Small compartment, with a Queen bed. Compartment or bedroom is  almost all bed.

Third: Single compartment with two thin single train beds.

It can sleep six people, but two to four would be more comfortable. The two small bed rooms were 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. A great place for kids to take 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).
•Six 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.


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)

There is a large fence between both places and they feel quite separate. If rented together a gate between both can be opened.


  • Bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin
  • Open plan kitchen/living room
  • Wood fire box heater with wood supply included (slow to start but burns well when hot)
  • Nobo heaters
  • Full small kitchen with stove, oven, sink, fridge and cupboards
  • No washing machine and dryer
  • No TV
  • WiFi 
  • Italian style stovetop coffee maker (and coffee). French Press/plunger.
  • Basic provisions like olive oil, spices, tea, coffee, and Glad Wrap
  • 2 adult mountain bikes available for guest use. Ix toddler seat. I tagalong. Helmets. Suitable for around town. High performance mountain bikes can be hired at the Corner Store cafe and bike shop.
  • Pets and children welcome
  • Blue tooth Speaker
  • Books and Boardgames.

  • Before Booking

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

No smoking inside. No candles please.

Well behaved dogs and other pets are welcome.  Pets are welcome inside, but not on the furniture or beds. The yard fencing is not dog proof.  We do not at this stage have a designated outside dog enclosure. There is an outdoor lead/tether only (with shade).

NO TV: There is broadband internet and WiFi.  

No smoking in the carriage (despite the SMOKING signage in the train, which is reminiscent of its former life).

Off street parking for 2 cars.

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. See terms and conditions .


3 Bedroom, 1 Dining-Room, 1 Kitchen, 1 Living room, 1 Toilet

  • Sleeping
    Bed linen, 1 Double bed, 2 Queen bed
  • Cooking
    Cooking utensils, Kitchen stove, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Toaster
  • Heating/Cooling
    Central heating, Fireplace
  • Outside
    Private Terrace
  • Entertainment
    Broadband Internet, Stereo system
  • Sanitary
    Hair dryer, Shower, Towel-set, Washbasin
  • Laundry
    Iron & Board
  • Miscellaneous
    Vacuum cleaner
  • Parking
    Parking Included
  • Outside
    Gas BBQ, Deck chairs, Bicycles, Private Garden
Children welcome, Pets welcome, Smoking not allowed,Credit cards accepted, Accessible 24/7
Check in:
3:00 PM
Check out:
11:00 AM

Sanderson Lane , Forrest, 3236, Australia

based on 10 reviews
Annette (Melbourne)

We had such an amazing weekend. The accommodation was outstanding. Homey, yet quirky; modern yet old world. Close to the brewery, but not too close. Easy to get to lake Elizabeth and Stevenson falls. We didn’t want to leave....

Mature couple  |  0  |  stayed in 9/2018

Trish & Darren, and Lacey (Steam)
Steam! A train ride to the past.

Thanks Fleur & Mike for putting together a truly lovely place to get away! You have done a remarkable job of bringing the style and slower pace of the old days and the fun of train travel back to life, whilst incorporating all the creature comforts we love. Steam exudes warmth and comfort we leave feeling refreshed and relaxed. Thank you also for allowing us to bring our pooch, she loved sleeping at our feet in front of the fire and exploring Forrest, Lake Elizabeth and the surrounding areas with us. We look forward to discovering some the other Dufflebird properties very soon. Kind regards, T, D & L

Guests with pets  |  0  |  stayed in 5/2018

Samara (Bellarine)
Big Boys and Little Boys Dreams Come True!

Wow! Steam was breathtaking. My husband and our 2.9yr old son were over joyed when we pulled up at Steam. We had the best time staying in the cosy surrounds of Steam. Its rustic, romantic and full of charm! We loved being able to bring our dog with us and she loved exploring the yard! Steam is the perfect location, we did lots of nice walks and loved how close it was to the Brewery and Cafe! Perfect for everyone. Steam had everything we needed and more. We cant wait to come back one day!

Family with young children  |  0  |  stayed in 5/2018

Hubert Dumas (Melbourne)
Had a Great Time!

There were four us (two couples) plus our pet Jack Russell. The carriage is a lovely relaxing place that will take you back in time. It's fully equipped with everything we needed during our stay. We came here to go mountain biking and the place has three bikes available for guests to use which for us was a great extra. People in Forrest are lovely and helpful. Fleur is an excellent host. She managed to organise a dog sitter for us so we could go mountain biking. Everything just went smoothly according to plan. Will definitely recommend.

Mature couple  |  0  |  stayed in 3/2018

Eve (Victoria)
Fabulous stay, delightful place, wonderful hosts!

Fleur and Mike were responsive, wonderful hosts. Steam carriage is everything you could imagine of a restored steam carriage from a bygone era but with mod cons to make it very comfortable. We loved it and wanted to stay longer! My 11yo son channelled Harry Potter and absolutely loved the bunk bed carriage bedroom - just like the Hogwarts express! Decadent lounge chairs, leafy views, games and books made the lounge a comfortable hang-out to recover from a fabulous couple of days of mountain biking around Forrest and the heart-stopping exhilaration of Zip-lining at the Otway Treetop Forrest. With quality MTB hire at the general store when your derailleur unexpectedly fails, surprisingly good food at the Pub, a pool table for a fun, relaxed game or two with kids, an MTB guide to take my son on a rip-roaring speed challenge of the advanced MTB trails while I improved my skills on the beginners trails, it really is the perfect place for a family adventure. Back at Steam carriage the kitchen was a pleasure to use with crockery and extras well above the usual holiday accommodation standard. They've thought of everything. Steam carriage is quaint, quirky and delightful. Highly recommended. Thanks Fleur and Mike, we'll definitely be back.

Family with older children  |  0  |  stayed in 1/2018

Lisa (Melbourne)

We had a fantastic stay at Steam - Forrest.!! We went to Forrest wanting to stay at the Steam carriage not realising just how much of a mountain bike riding town it was. Just as well we had our bikes. On top of the gorgeous and quirky accomodation that was the train carriage, and happened to be in town, our 3 boys went freeranging on all the mountain bike trails, with themselves and sometimes with their dad, whilst I peddled around town checking out the food stores. An all seasons gift to the spirit. We so enjoyed our stay and the 5 of us were completely comfortable, relaxed and pampered in the spaces of the train carriage. We will definitely be back as the family concluded our holiday at Steam - -Forrest was not long enough. Thank you Fleur, thank you Steam carriage, Thank you Forrest, (a new discovery), and thank you Brewery!!!!A new addition to our holiday list!! Loved the whole experience.!

Not specified  |  stayed in 2/2017

Heinz (Belrose NSW)
I'll be back!

A quirky, novel accommodation concept. Well equipped kitchen. Great for a romantic getaway as well as a family holiday. Pub and Brewery with excellent food are just a few minutes' walk away. We'l be back for sure!

Young couple  |  stayed in 2/2017

Alexandra (Australia)
Great Stay

Fleur was a great host, very responsive and provided some great local info. The train was very cool, the attention to detail is awesome and we enjoyed just being in there and looking around. On top of being unique it was also a very comfortable place to stay with everything we needed. Forrest is a great little town, we used the bikes to ride some of the trails and enjoyed a meal and drinks at the microbrewery. Overall a very unique and lovely stay, thank-you!

Young couple  |  Rental Type  |  stayed in 1/2017

Maxwell (Melbourne)
Amazing Unique Accommodation Experience!

My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this amazing, one of a kind accommodation. Set just back off the main street, it's walking distance to the shops, but hidden enough that you still feel very secluded. The building itself is an immaculate renovation of an actual train carriage that adheres to all practical accommodation needs, while still retaining it's original charm and character. The place was absolutely spotless when we arrived, and there was wood set out for us to start a fire. Forrest is an amazing little place, with a very decent brewery, amazing nature walks (check out lake elizabeth!) and is still only a short drive to the beach. 10/10 we will definitely be returning! :)

Not specified  |  stayed in 1/2017

Donna (Melbourne)
Quirky and oh so cozy!

Looking for a family getaway with teenagers, Steam ticked all the boxes. Surprisingly spacious and deliciously comfortable. The wood fire was all we needed to keep warm and the kitchen was fully equipped. Beds exceeded our expectation in comfort and we found the bathroom had ample space as well. We loved the little steam punk touches. They have done a fabulous job with the restoration and decoration of this classic steam train carriage. We took advantage of the bikes and tried out some mountain bike trails. Lots of hiking in the area and a great brewery across the street. The hammock was also a hit with the kids. Fluer and Mike were easy to reach and very helpful when we had a wifi hiccup. Would definitely recommend this place to friends.

Family with older children  |  stayed in 11/2016

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