Steam: Train Carriage

Sanderson Lane, Forrest, 3236, Australia
  based on 13 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 took 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. 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.

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).  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.  Yeild restaurant in Birregura also offers a fabulous degustation menu. 

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



Italian style stovetop coffee maker (and coffee). French Press/plunger.

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

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 .

Steam is priced to make the property attractive to both smaller families and also groups of up to 6. 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.

COVID-19 -Update.December 1 2020

We will continue to offer FULL refunds to anyone unable to travel due to government restrictions and guidelines. 

We  have adapted the recommended enhanced cleaning routine.

Self check-in and checkout via key-safe.

24 hour vacancy between stays

The property has reliable fast WiFi and we are open to longer stays.

The minimum night stay has been extended from 2 to 3 nights. To help keep viable and allow for vacany between stays.

For more Covid related details. Check Covid -19 page of the Dufflebird website.


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


Steam Carriage can be found on Google Maps with the Address:

1 Sanderson Lane Forrest 3236. 

It is the only train carriage on Sanderson Lane. Sanderson Lane is off the Birregurra - Forrest Rd, which is the Main Street of the town. If you are coming from Melbourne, it's just past The Forrest Brewery and Cafe, cross Blundy St, and Sanderson Lane is the next little Lane on the left.

The keysafe is near the front door under the carport. Code 3232.

The key opens the Vline padlock.

It will be ready at 3 pm 

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:

  • Lake Elizabeth - about an 8km walk/cycle or drive from Forrest. Once you are there, it's a lovely 4 km walk /loop. Platypus are frequently sighted at dusk or dawn. Glow worms can be seen at night.
  • Stephenson Falls is a nice easy walk with kids.
  • Forrest Microbrewery - 1 minute walk from the train. Great coffee. Good breakfast and lunch. Dinner Thursday-Sun . Thursday dinner is a limited menu but it's open.
  • General Store has great home made pies, good basic lunches (like pulled pork roles). It is packed with interesting gourmet items and local produce, but not to be relied on for a grocery shop. Please come prepared with groceries. 
  • Forrest Retro Road - 12 Station Street for vintage-retro shop lovers. 5 rooms of stuff. Open on weekends or you can call Mara 0428502323 at other times to make an appointment to view.
  • Platypi Chocolate -73 Grant St. Open 7 days 10-5 pm Coffee, lunch, wine and gorgeous chocolate. 
  • The Terminus Hotel is the local pub in Station Street. Open 7 days for dinner. Kitchen can close early when quiet. Call 03 52049704.
  • Mountain bike trails - there is a map on the wall showing the myriad of trails. It's best to bring your own bikes or hire them from the general store.
  • Forrest Bike Hire, on the other side of the general store offers top quality bikes for hire and bike servicing.
  • If you plan to do any more than a quick MTB trail or two, bring your own bikes. There are 4 mountain bikes in the shed. We used to offer the bikes as part of the holiday rental listings. We no longer advertise the bikes because they require a lot of maintenance with heavy duty mountain trails. We don’t live close by so it’s not possible to keep them maintained. You are welcome to use the bikes at your own risk. We have no way of knowing what condition they are in, or whether they will malfunction during a trail ride. Check brakes and gears before heading out. There is a puncture repair kit if you get a flat tire. The 4 bikes are shared with The Otways Loft next door, so 2 bikes for each or whatever you work out with guests next door if you see them.

A bit further away:

  • 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.
  • Tree Adventure-Otway Park Yeodene -0429374653 15 mins from Forrest on the way to Colac. More adventure based than Otways Fly which is more eco-tourism.
  • Otway E bikes Beech Forrest 0413971736 Nathan is reputed to be wonderful

For the 3 part history of the carriage: See the Dufflebird Blog

based on 13 reviews
Tanya 🌼 Stacey (Yarraville)
Simply Fabulous

OMG! We loved, loved, loved STEAM. What an amazing property. Kirk loved the outdoor bath, I loved the hammock, Nate loved it all. We cannot wait to rebook. Thanks Fleur and Mike for another fabulous Dufflebird property.

Family with older children  |  stayed in 4/2021

Cheryle (Mount Gambier )

It was absolutely fabulous!! The owner bent over to accommodate us....the carriage was spotless....comfy & an real pleasure to stay in. Walking trails were close within a short walk. Loved it!!

Family with older children  |  stayed in 11/2019

Andrea (Melboune)
Old World Wonderful. Modern Fun

Steam is a fabulous mix of old world wonderful and modern comfort and fun. It worked a charm on us and we journeyed slowly and well, leaving behind past cares and tomorrow's pressure. The go nowhere train took us to exactly where we needed to be; the present moment. Thank you Fleur and Mike.

Other  |  stayed in 10/2019

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  |  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  |  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  |  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  |  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  |  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

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