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Vintage Train Carriage Converted to a Steampunk Inspired Cabin

Bedrooms 3
Space 75 m²
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

Take a step back in time, to bygone era, where life was simpler. Where people spent time with dignified entertainment and 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. Parts of the train were stripped and used in the house construction.

When we started renovating the carriage it was a complete mess. There was not enough intact to restore it authentically, so we have developed our own style that is vaguely steam-punk influenced. We approached several builders, but none were prepared to take it on, certainly not for a fixed fee. Eventually we found George, a full time artist and part time builder, who shared our passion for the renovation (as long as it was on an hourly rate).

Almost every surface had to have something done to it. We thought we would strip out and move around a few panels and dividers, but 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 nearly a century old will have its challenges, but this was exceptional.

It is not 5 star luxury, and certainly not for everyone, but it is one of a kind. 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 extraordinary. There is a lot to do around Forrest even if you are not a mountain biker.


- 3 bedrooms. Can sleep 6 guests but 2 or 4 would be more comfortable. See Sleeping Options below.

- Linen, towels, hand towels and tea towels are provided. The beds will be made up when you arrive.

- Bathroom with shower

- Open plan kitchen/living room

- Wood fire box heater with wood supply included

- Nobo heaters

- Full small kitchen with stove, oven, sink, fridge

- No washing machine and dryer

- WiFi

-Bluetooth sound system

- Italian style stove-top coffee maker

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

- 2 adult mountain bikes available and suitable for trails. Helmets.

- Pets and children welcome. The yard is fenced but not necessarily dog proof.

NO TV. There is a sound system, books and board games.

Enter via Sanderson Lane. You cant miss it, it is the only train carriage at the elbow in the lane.


The train can sleep six people, but four would be more comfortable.

The small bed rooms used to be 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. It would be a great place for kids to bring 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).

• Any more 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.


Master: Two compartments long, with a queen bed.

Second: Single compartment with two thin single beds.

Third: Single compartment with a queen bed.


The carriage is no stranger to conversion. It has had an amazing history, with 7 lives and 5 conversions. It was built as a First Class carriage in 1926 and converted between First and Second Class 4 times, then retired in 1983. More detailed history, some photos and original plans of the carriage are available on booking.


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 so important, linking towns across the country. At the turn of the century 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 offer this unique accommodation to guests.

More Details

Property Manager
Fleur Leslie
Member since: 2006
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
15 September, 2018

About Fleur Leslie

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R Tolkien

Remember that famous line from Alice in Wonderland as she heads down the rabbit hole into a strange new world of untold imagination.

“Curiouser and curiouser!”

Well that’s the way we hope you feel about our 10 unique wonderlands. Duffelbird’s flock of getaways are for those with a heart for adventure – places where you can unwind or unravel, let your existential selves hang free to ponder life and love, under the stars, away from the noise – immersed in nature.

Our hidden gems are rich in character and layered in mystery, no more than 2.5 hours out of Melbourne – a converted steam train in the Otways, a mid-century charmer on the fringe of an orchid forest, a glass fronted masterpiece overlooking the wild waters of Westernport – each of them tucked away in some of the most unspoilt corners of Victoria, waiting for you to explore with wide eyes and wonder.

Bring your well-mannered dogs. Let them roam free, (just not on the furniture) while you settle in to our sometimes quirky, often eclectic, always whimsical, hideaways.

Can you hear the water? The breaking waves? The cascading waterfall?

Can you feel the peace, the calm, the astounding beauty of Mother Nature wrapping you in a gentle embrace?

We’ve felt it too. At the ritual Burning Man in the Nevada desert, deep in the jungles of Costa Rica and atop the volcanic peaks of Hawaii.

And we want to give all the quirky travellers out there a chance to awaken that ‘wanderlust’ energy. Because we all need time out so we don’t go bonkers in the real world. Go on, escape the chaos, experience the enrichment of nature, the magic of complete abandonment, the inspiration of new surrounds. Let Dufflebird be your tour guide to a wildly curious life.

Rabbit hole to Wonderland, right this way.

Fleur and Mike

Fleur Leslie purchased this cabin in 2013


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Forrest

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 75 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Single Compartment with toilet, shower and basin
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - Two compartments long, with a Queen bed.
    Bedroom 2 - Single compartment, with a Queen bed
    Bedroom 3 - Single compartment with two thin single thin beds.
  • Games
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term rentals available
  • forests
  • winery tours
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing


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Vintage Train Carriage Converted to a Steampunk Inspired Cabin
average rating of 4.893617 based on 47 reviews

Beautiful steam carriage 10/10

  • 5 of 5

I overall loved my stay at the steam carriage. Fleur was so easy to work with and provided great customer service. It was really clean when I got there and super cozy. The description of the place was exactly as explained on the website. My children loved the Forrest General Store , because they could walk down the lane across and sleepy road and buy cheap old fashioned lollies.

Overall 10/10 would recommend

  • Review Submitted: 30/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Compact luxury

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful place to snuggle up and unwind. The train carriage has a fireplace to keep you toasty warm and a shower that you never want to get out of. Since there is no tv its the perfect spot to disconnect, put some tunes on the amazing speaker and sip wine in front of the fire. The beds are comfy and the kitchen well decked out.

A micro brewery and a chocolate cafe are within walking distance and there is a couple of friendly chatty goats down the lane. The owner called us the day we were due and gave us some valuable last minute tips and checked on our arrival time, offering to have the fire lit.

We thoroughly loved staying here and couldn’t recommend it more highly.

  • Review Submitted: 13/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderful place to relax and getaway.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the Steam Carriage! The accommodation was just the perfect size for the two of us to enjoy a relaxing week away. The fire place in particular was enjoyed over the cold week.

We would highly reccomend this to anyone!

  • Review Submitted: 02/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our favorite place to stay on our Australia trip!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the luxurious yet cozy feel of the carriage, and everything we needed was provided. The fireplace – and nice stock of firewood – was fantastic with the chilly weather, and the comfy furniture was perfect. The renovation is extremely well done, and the property is clean and well cared for. The location close to the brewery and Bespoke Harvest, as well as multiple trails and scenic drives, was ideal.

  • Review Submitted: 20/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clifton Springs, Victoria, Australia

Big Boys and Little Boys Dreams Come True!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: 22/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great quirky little place

  • 5 of 5

Very peaceful, lots of birds and a koala in gum tree next door, friendly white cat loves to visit, warm and inviting.

  • Review Submitted: 03/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Other Activities:

Rainforest, Waterfalls, Lakes


Rates & Availability

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Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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