1950s Rustic Train Carriage ~ Glamping on a working alpaca farm, Hunter Valley

100% Recommended
2 people
No pets
T4516 Red Rattler 1950 Train Carriage at Little Valley Farm offers a unique SLOW-STAY experience for eco-conscious and adventurous travellers on a working alpaca farm.

Satisfying your craving for the outdoors and your penchant for a good meal, a nice glass of wine, and a comfortable bed. It's nothing like a hotel. Instead, your carriage opens up to beautiful valley views.
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Features and Amenities

1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bathroom
Bath
BBQ
Hammock

Details

  • Check in after 03:00pm
    Check out before 11:00am
  • Weekday minimum booking: 2 nights
    Weekend minimum booking: 2 nights
Cancellation Policy: 

Receive a 50% refund of the total booking amount (minus service fee) up until 1 week prior to check-in.

STRA Registration: PID-STRA-16262

Additional Information

Our place is for those who love nature and appreciate being outside no matter the weather. It’s not an isolated cabin; it's located by the alpaca paddocks, where we tend to our animals every day.

Our farm is in a small, beautiful, and slightly remote valley surrounded by bushland. Our paddocks are home to the local Wollaroo, wombat, and lyrebird favourites.

Our train deck is the perfect place to hang out and watch our alpacas, donkeys, guinea fowl, and chickens move about the farm. It is surrounded by bushland and creek frontage.

Rustic Red Rattler 1950s Train Carriage:

+ Spacious bedroom with Queen bed and alpaca duvet,
+ Rustic kitchenette with small 12-volt fridge. (No freezer),
+ The Kitchenette has a gas hob and a kettle,
+ Coffee, Tea, olive oil and flour,
+ Kitchenette has a pizza dough rolling bench plus lots of bench space,
+ Plenty of crockery, cutlery, Pizza and BBQ tools,
+ Undercover self-ignition BBQ,
+ Outdoor wood-fired pizza oven (book this in as we need 3 hours of slow burn),
+ Waterless-composting toilet,
+ Bathroom and Shower with warm and cold water,
+ Outdoor bath with cold water,
+ Lounge room with gas heater,
+ Hang-out deck overlooking the paddocks,
+ Two comfy outdoor hammocks,
+ Two Yoga mats,
+ Linen and towels provided,
+ Cards, chess & games box,
+ Firepit with some firewood.

We are an off-grid farm, and the train is only 12-volt, which means limited lighting and limited electricity. You can charge your mobile during daylight hours, but that’s it. There are also solar lights and camp lights.

The train is NOT insulated, but there is a gas heater in the lounge area and lots of heavy alpaca duvets in the bedroom for winter - true 'glamping' style!

**Winter will be COLD, and summer can be HOT inside & outside - so please be prepared for the elements as you would when camping.***

Things to note
We take great care to provide detailed information about our stay, so please take the time to read our listing before making your reservation.

We are an adults-only stay. No children/infants/pets.

Working farm where you will see us during the day tending to our animals.
There are three cabins, and we live on-site.

The train faces the paddocks, the Shearer’s Studio is up on the hill 150 m away, and our house is 100m away.

We run alpaca workshops once a month on a Sunday. You are welcome to join.

I feed my alpacas at the same time every day and check on them every morning and every afternoon, seven days a week, rain, hail, and shine.

Come with friends? Book separately The Shearer’s Studio with Finnish Dry Sauna.

Our train carriage is glamping, rustic and in its original condition.
Note vehicle road access and read our FAQs at Little Valley Farm.
Follow us on our Little Valley Farm socials.
We are located in Wollombi Valley and are 40 minutes away from the Pokolbin vineyards.
I have an awesome list of things to do and places to eat in Wollomb Valley and Pokolbin.

Guest access
Our road is a dirt track surrounded by thick bushes with potholes. It is steep but only in a small section, so any standard 2WD car can climb it. It is approximately 1 km to the cabin. Confident drivers have no issues. If you have modified your car or have a sports car, it's at your own risk. Sports cars and motorbikes are not recommended. Please drive slowly to protect our wildlife on the road. Wombats, roos, and lyrebirds pass by.

The 1950 Train
The carriage operated along Central Station for many years. Euan's dad acquired it in 1980 and it sat on his farm in Gulgong. In 2013, Euan moved it 400 km to Little Valley Farm.

The train’s facilities have been hand-built using recycled and upcycled materials. We rummaged around Sydney to find 100-year-old timbers from a house in Balmain, old mirrors from the inner-west, an old laundry tub from the central coast, a claw bath from Gladesville, and old doors from Dad's shed.

The train made the BEST UNIQUE STAY a finalist by ABB in 2023 and was named One of the Top Five Cabin Experiences by Australian Traveller.

Cool things to note
+ Fantastic stargazing from the train.
+ Wombats casually roam the farm in the late afternoon and early morning.
+ The sound of singing birds in the morning is outstanding.
+ The best time to take photos is at sunrise.
+ Sit quietly in the paddock with the Alpacas, allowing them to get comfortable with you.
+ Alpacas are generally shy and prefer not to be petted by strangers, while donkeys are sociable and enjoy attention.
+ The African guineafowl birds will try and block you on the road because they think it’s funny.
+ Marshmallows on the bonfire are a lovely after-dinner treat.
+ Get to know our TINY Wollombi Village and appreciate its historic and bush setting.

Serious stuff to note
+ We are a solar / off-grid farm & the train is rustic with an emphasis on glamping.
+ Be prepared for the weather conditions.
+ Do not feed human food to our livestock.
+ Rainwater is harvested for drinking and washing.
+ NO smoking/vaping anywhere.
+ Rain = mud, so bring your gumboots for the farm & for Pokolbin concerts.
+ Be snake-aware in all seasons and wear closed shoes.
+ Leave gates exactly the way you found them.
+ I will introduce you to our alpacas and donkeys.
+ Be bushfire aware and never leave fires unattended.
+ Wifi is available at our house.
+ When you are not in the cabins, please close all windows and doors.
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Prices

  • Base Price $299 / night
  • Weekend Price $325 / night

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Daniela
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Embarking on a slow stay journey entails immersing oneself in local history & culture while prioritizing the environment. This type of travel is all about taking the time to relax, reflect, and discover new experiences. Whether seeking engagement or escape, slow stay travel offers a unique opportunity to connect with oneself & the world around us. We welcome you to share the beauty of our valley by inviting you to stay in our home. Euan and Daniela
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Adventures on the Property

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Life At An Alpaca Farm

We are a working farm so you will see us moving about the paddocks or working with the alpaca's. You can get involved in as little or a much as you like. Our farm is secluded and great for a digital-detox plus its a great escape from all the touristy-attractions....
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    Fresh Local Produce

    Collecting fresh farm eggs and in season tomatoes on our door step, made breakfast a real delicious treat. Could definitely get used to this life....
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        Exploring In Nature

        It felt like we were staying in our own private wildlife park. Every corner in the property there was a new animal or creature to be discovered. We found Wallaroos, Guana, Wombat and Kingfisher birds just to name a few...
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          Exploring The Bushland

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          There are only sounds are nature which made the perfect background music to go with the picturesque scene.
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            Plant A Tree

            At the Farm, they encourage each visitor to plant a tree. This was a great way to help contribute to our Mother Earth. We planted five eucalyptus trees that had all come from seeds being blown into the shed guttering and potted for planting. We felt proud to put our name to these bad boys and with rain on the forecast for the next couple of days our chances of seeing them big and strong when we return was high. An amazing way to support a carbon-neutral off-grid farm....
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              Feeding The Alpacas

              An amazing experience I will never forget. There's nothing quite like getting up close and personal with some of the most cutest animals in the world. Not only would they feed right out of my hand, they even came up to the bath.

              I don't think many people could say that they feed Alpacas while having a bath. A surreal once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I will treasure forever.
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