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Riders Palace Forrest & Otway National Park

Bedrooms 3
Space 15 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Classic 'Old Mill Cottage' on the Trail Head in Forrest (sleeps 6)

The Riders Palace is a classic & small "Old Mill Cottage' nestled in Victoria's Mountain Biking Mecca of Forrest. The property is located at the start of the Forrest Mt Bike Trailhead.

The Riders Palace is an idyllic hideaway in the Otway’s boasting an enormous north facing deck, large open space lawn and garden surrounded by large eucalyptus tree - and home to numerous local koala's.

The cottage has a very relaxed feel with polished timber floors, a small but light and airy kitchen / dining; the small separate lounge with open fire place opens on to the veranda overlooking peaceful gardens.

If you open the gate at the bottom of the garden and follow the path to the Barwon River you will discover a parkland and trail to the West Barwon Dam.

The self contained cottage can sleeps 6 people (at a tight squeeze)

Rooms can be configured to suit clients

Bedroom 1 Sleeps 2 - King Bed

Bedroom 2 Sleeps 3 - King Bed or 2 x singles (designed to split into 2 singles) plus 1 extra single

Bedroom 3 Sleeps 1 - Single Bed

The single bathroom/laundry was renovated in 2015.


- 2 hours from Melbourne

- 1 hour from Geelong & the Surf Coast

- 30 mins from Lorne or Apollo Bay

- 7 min to the Forrest Brewery, General Store, Corner Store, Bespoke Harvest and the Forrest Hotel

Mountain Biking - Forrest is surrounded by over 60 km of sign posted single track specifically designed with real mountain bikers in mind. The trails offer experiences for all rider levels with trail grading from Easiest to Extremely Difficult.

The Riders Palace is a 7 minute walk to the famous Forrest Brewing Company. This casual dining hall offers delicious meals from local produce, great beer and local wines.

The breathtaking Lake Elizabeth is a 10 minute drive. Nestled deep in the Otway Ranges this beautiful mountain Lake was created when record rainfalls sent thousands of tonnes of rock and earth into the East Barwon River, creating a dam that went on to form the lake. Lake Elizabeth is now home and habitat for wild Platypus, and other wildlife.

The owners can link you up with their property in Torquay (the home of the famous Bells Beach and surfing capital of Australia) and put together a truly adventurous Great Ocean Road and Otway experience.

More Details

Bindy Sheehan
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
14 September, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Forrest

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 15 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 4 large double bed
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


3.8/5 -
(5 traveller reviews)

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Riders Palace Forrest & Otway National Park
average rating of 3.8 based on 5 reviews

Authentic Mill Cottage In Gorgeous Town

  • 5 of 5

We are giving Riders Palace 5/5 without question, not because its is a 5 star hotel but because it is, as described and completely lived up to what it claimed to be.

Its unique, cozy, peaceful and just near a trail head (mountain biking).

The key things for us in a getaway are; comfy beds, nice bathroom, well cleaned and efficient management. Delivered in spades.

The house is a mill cottage from a different era, exactly what attracted us to it. Suited to those who appreciate character.

  • Review Submitted: 08/03/2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Quaint, tired not acceptable

  • 1 of 5

Booked sight unseen, back door held closed by cabin hook with gap underneath that could allow snake access to house, Space under inner back door and or front door also allows access to creapie crawlies. Limited fire wood, smoke filled house, windows did not open to allow smoke to clear. Clothes smelt of smoke. Toilette septic system had started to overflow at the front steps, contacted managing agent who got local plumber to attend, he could not sort so covered with dirt to dry overflow. Stench made use of front or side verandah impossible.

Tried several times to get resolve from managing agent, nothing heard. I was embaressed as other guests had travelled from Townsville. Not a quality stay. Advised at Forrest Festival Briefing that snakes could be encountered during the Festival, we encountered one within some meters of the house. a degree of unease in the house existed.

  • Review Submitted: 12/12/2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Victoria, Australia

Rustic Charm

  • 3 of 5

The house was ok. The washing machine came in handy, the beds were comfortable & there was plenty of hot water. However we felt that it was over-priced. The weather was cold and there wasn't any fire wood. There is no dining area, with four adult guests this made breakfast a little cramped. The lounge area was a little small as well. It was a little below what we expected for the cost. The big positive is that everything is within walking distance.

  • Review Submitted: 23/10/2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: HI Kate Thank you so much for your feedback. And I do apologies for the little firewood available for your stay. I had been expecting a delivery which hadn't arrived :C I hope the 3 heaters in the property kept you warm and snuggly. We find the dining /kitchen space very cosy and the the house is a traditional old mill cottage with the typical 4 rooms. Its such a pity the weekend was so cold as the deck is sunny all day an the outdoor table works perfectly all year. As Forrest has extremely limited accommodation race weekends do tend to be much more expensive. I hope you had a great race though and I do hope you can stay again sometime.
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

A nice old comfortable house. Great location, loved the easy walk to the brewery or pub. Excellent facilities for cooking your own too. And very close to the mountain bike trails. Bindy the owner was most helpful over the phone. Will be back asap.

  • Review Submitted: 11/01/2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mount Martha, Victoria, Australia


  • 5 of 5

All the boys were very happy with the accomodation

  • Review Submitted: 30/03/2015
  • Date of Stay: February 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
105 Kilometres
Avalon Airport
Nearest Barpub
600 Metres
Forrest Brewing Company
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
26 Kilometres
Birregurra Golf Course
Nearest Train
26 Kilometres
Birregurra Train Station
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Princess Fwy
Nearest Restaurant
600 Metres
Bespoke Harvest
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Scenes Creek
Car: recommended
Other Activities:

Mountain Biking


Rates & Availability

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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