Overnight Sleepers: Stay In A Train Carriage In NSW
Noticed your little one has tunnel vision? Or have they simply signalled an interest in trains that’s just not running out of steam?
Okay, enough of that, before this article de-rails any further, let’s get back on track with a list of places to stay with train carriages. Trust me, it's first class.
Krinklewood Cottage & Train Carriages
Restored self-contained train carriages, with many of the original features and period pieces. You can choose to stay in one of the following themed carriages:
- The Royal: A romantic getaway for two beautifully restored with French antiques and a bath.
- Orient: Exquisite Rosewood and Jarrah sleeps 4
- Safari sleeps 8 (has two compartments) renovated with an African theme - great fun.
- Victorian sleeps 8 has a great deck for entertaining.
- Chardonnay sleeps 12 the best for a get together or a group for a concert.
Where: 333 Palmers Lane Pokolbin
Railway Square YHA
This is a bit of a surprise for Sydneysiders, and perhaps more for older kids as it is a YHA, after all! Stay inside an old red rattler on platform zero at Central Railway station from as little as $32 a night! Catch the train to stay in a train. They host BBQ nights on Thursdays, Burrito Tuesdays and free Pancakes every Wednesday.
Where: Railway Square YHA 8 - 10 Lee St, Sydney.
Live out your Orient Express dreams in this well-loved retreat just outside of Mudgee. Surrounded by 25 hectares of lush bush, there are four large 100-year-old carriages for your train fans to enjoy. Although small children are absolutely welcome, the retreat does note that they are not child proof. Reading the reviews on travel sites, it seems people absolutely love staying here time and time again. And why wouldn’t they, magical location and the host is TV personality (and railway enthusiast), Scott McGregor.
Where: 193 Ridge Rd, Cooks Gap NSW
Madison’s Mountain Retreat
A perfect place for family holidays, not far from Sydney, near the Blue Mountains. There are two converted, self-contained train carriages and several cottages plus goats, alpacas, chooks to collect eggs from, an indoor pool, tennis courts, bush tracks and even a Thomas the Tank Engine train set for the kids. What more could you want for your energetic train fans?!
Where: 1880 Bells Line of Road Kurrajong Heights NSW
Little Forest Country Cottages
A little over an hour from Sydney in the picture perfect Southern Highlands, you’ll find Little Forest. A beautiful farm that attracts creative types probably because of its tagline “where every day is Sunday”. The Angas is a sleeping carriage originally built by the South Australian government and was one of fifteen carriages that travelled between South Australia and Victoria in the 1920’s. You can book your family stay online and drive into the nearby towns of Bowral, Mittagong, Moss Vale and Robertson.
Where: 800 Old Hume Highway, Alpine NSW 800 Old Hume Highway, Alpine NSW
Ba Mack Farm Stay
Chug along into Mudgee to stay in this luxurious Red Ratter train carriage. As it's located on a farm your kids get the double experience of farm animals too!
The Ba Mack Train Carriage has been renovated and lovingly decorated with a rustic country atmosphere. There are lots of soft toys for the children to play with as well as books, a fully equipped kitchen and two bedrooms (with cot for babies if required). A full country cook-your-own breakfast is provided with sausages, bacon, eggs, hash browns, tomatoes and cereals, jams and their yummy freshly baked homemade bread as well as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, marshmallows, milk and juice.
Set on Williams River at the gateway to World Heritage Wilderness area of Barrington Tops, the Carriageway offers unique and beautiful accommodation for couples, families or larger groups.
Experience a memorable stay in a fully-restored red rattler train with a queen bed and bunks that caters for up to 6. The carriage is fully self-contained with air conditioning and screened verandah to take in the view. They offer swimming, train spotting, bird watching, fishing, picnics and a cubby house, slide and swing for the kids.
Where: 4426 Clarence Town Road Dungog NSW
Redleaf Carriage Stay
Wake up amongst the gumtrees in an old-school, refurbished train carriage at Redleaf, a 270 acre property in the Southern Highlands.
While at a collectors junkyard in Sydney's North West, brainstorming how they they could share their unique way of living (TV and Wifi-free!) city-dwellers, Katrina and Sam Sparke came across what they now call the '343' - an abandoned silky oak timber guard's carriage. This now resides at Redleaf, where the couple have brought its beauty back to life with plenty of sanding, polishing, and patching up with locally-sourced river oak.
Where: Southern Highlands, NSW
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