Why Dufflebird

Dufflebird: The Beginning

Our journey begins when we purchased our own little coastal getaway in 2005. ‘Liptrap Loft’ was a basic cottage back then that had won us over with its uniqueness and charming individuality.

Liptrap Loft pictured today, our first property

We invited family, friends and even friends-of-friends to stay at the property and were gladdened by most of their responses. We soon observed that our quirky place, whilst not for everyone, seemed to appeal most of all to the curious and adventurous.

We quickly became smitten with our newfound inn-keeper role. We also felt a sense of pride that our place was enabling guests to have such meaningful and memorable experiences (or so they told us). Their responses and feedback became addictive. A mid-life career change wasn't something we were looking for; but was something that seemed to find us! We were hooked.

So when the opportunity arose to add other compelling properties to our management portfolio we just couldn't resist. Next we purchased and renovated two wonderfully unique and character-laden properties in the heart of the beautiful Otway Ranges. We also managed to win some prestigious accommodation awards along-the-way.

 Dufflebird Collection

Dufflebird today: the journey continues.

Our vision evolved to offer a bespoke collection of charming, homely and dearly-loved properties for easy holiday rental. Each with some added special touches. All our properties have something unique to offer, whether it’s their natural surroundings, peerless views or the history and stories that they have to tell. We now proudly manage a handful of diverse properties across Victoria. We know and love them all just like our own.

Here at Dufflebird we share a great affinity with our guests because we also love heading off on memorable and fulfilling retreats. Escapes that deliver new experiences, landscapes and communities that can reframe perspectives on life and living.

And it’s our love of these local getaways that has led us to create our own collection of hand-picked Victorian properties.  portfolio we collectively call ‘Unique Getaways for the Curious’ all within easy reach of Melbourne.

And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, in dimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.” - Pico Iyer

What Is A Dufflebird?

A Duffle Bag is a symbol of carefree exploits. Packed at the last minute and slung across your shoulders before heading off in search of exciting adventures.

A Short-Flight Bird doesn’t make a big fuss about going away, and doesn’t take kindly to travelling too far for holidays. Within a couple of hours, you can be immersed in a whole new world.

We have blended these two concepts together to create "Dufflebird". Travel light, fly away and leave the grind behind...

Awards and Accolades



One of only a handfull of properties selected in Australia