Steam - Train Carriage in the Otways
Take the family or friends for a journey back in time to when steam trains were the greatest symbol of human achievement, technology, power and luxury. Steam is a Victorian era train carriage converted to a 3 bedroom holiday house. Steam is recommended only for the adventurous.
Accommodates 6 guests
- 2 or 4 would be more comfortable
- 3 Bedrooms
Two in a single compartment with a double compartment master bed room
Two queen beds, two thin singles.
2 night minimum stay
The carriage was used as a workshop, when the original owner was building the house next door. When we started renovating, the carriage did not have 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 for guests in July 2015. It is still a work in progress, there is a lot more to do before it reaches our vision, but we have been astounded by it's popularity.
- 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
- Industrial Fan
- Full small kitchen with stove, oven, sink, fridge and cupboards
- No washing machine and dryer
- WiFi (can be unreliable - we're still working on it).
- Nescafe style coffee pod machine
- Italian style stove-top coffee maker
- Basic provisions like olive oil, spices, tea, coffee, Vegemite and Glad Wrap
-2 adult mountain bikes suitable for trail riding. Ask us if you want to use them.
- Pets and children welcome. The yard is fenced but a clever dog could probably escape.
MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDING
Forrest is considered to be one of the most impressive mountain bike trail networks in Australia. Ride a vast network ranging from family singletrack to technical black diamond rated trails, and everything in between.
Stevensons Falls is a tranquil rainforest experience just a short drive south of the township in the Otways Forrest Park. The walking track takes you on a beautiful stroll along the end of the Gellibrand River through Forrest and down to the edge of the river where you can start to hear the distant roar of Stevensons Falls. The hiking trail ends at a viewing platform at the base of the falls.
PEACEFUL LAKE ELIZABETH
Located a short 10-minute drive from Forrest, Lake Elizabeth is a beautiful and serene spot in the Otways. Soak up the tranquil surroundings and explore the walking tracks surrounding the lake.
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