If you have been looking for a change in scenery and a holiday with a difference, you need an overnight stay in a refurbished train carriage.
These carriages are far from your typical commuter train. Many of these trains are relics from the early 20th Century that have been remodelled, refurbished, and fully kitted out with everything you need in your holiday accommodation. You can find these trains all over the state, from private gardens in the hub of Fremantle, to country Bed and Breakfasts with stunning views. Have a look at some of our picks from across the state that will take your next getaway off the rails!
The Carriage, Mundaring
If your holidays plans usually involve luxury, historic sights or adventure, you don’t need to go past the Swan Valley.
This remodelled 1901 train carriage was once part of the Barossa Valley Hotel and is about to be part of your next weekend getaway. The stunning interiors boast all the modern conveniences you need, including a 19th Century fireplace and a super king-sized bed. Here, you’ll be perfectly placed to see everything the Swan Valley has to offer, such as beautiful scenic walks and bike trails. There are bikes available for use throughout your stay, and you’ll get back home feeling refreshed and ready for anything. Costing around $190 per night, you can book in now through AirBnB for your next trip away.
For so many, a Perth winter is incomplete without a sequester in Bali, but the next best thing is right on your doorstep!
Take some time for yourself and retreat to this relaxing Airbnb. This charming remodelled train carriage is nestled in a private garden with an outdoor Balinese stone bath. As you relax, you’ll likely get a visit from some friendly possums, quendas, or birds. If you really want to come back from your trip feeling rejuvenated, there are spa treatments available at this gorgeous Perth Hills property. With a weekend rate of $160 per night, you can book in through AirBnB or through their website.
Fremantle Mosaic Carriage
While temporarily closed due to COVID-19, it surely won’t be long until you can experience the vibrant, laidback lifestyle of Fremantle from the comfort of this funky converted carriage. Close to the pristine beach, quirky shops and boutiques, as well as the Fremantle CBD, this carriage is the perfect place to rest in style after a day on your feet exploring everything the historic city has to offer. Another highly rated AirBnB stay, this unforgettable carriage costs about $120 per night.
One Gum Bed and Breakfast Carriage
If you’re looking to travel further south, Kendenup in the Great Southern Region is home to Onegum Bed and Breakfast, a country escape set in a refurbished train carriage overlooking the Stirling Ranges. Originally built in 1914, the carriage has been refurbished with locally harvested Jarrah and all the creature comforts you need to feel right at home.
You’ll have access to the entire 23 acre farm, where you can get up close to llamas, emus, dogs, and even catch some yabbies from the creek. The love for locals doesn’t stop there, as you will be provided with a full continental breakfast of local produce, seasonal Onegum harvests and farm fresh eggs from right outside your door. With so much to do, this stay is well worth the flat rate of $150 per night, with discounts available if you would like to extend your stay for a week or month. You can book through their website or give them a call on 0438124344.
Dunsborough Rail Carriages and Farm Cottages
If you are looking to escape to the South West region for its wineries, beautiful beaches and stunning forests, then consider immersing yourself in an historic jarrah rail carriage. Secluded in the Dunsborough bush, you’ll be woken by the sound of birdsong in your cosy hideaway.
Equipped with all modern conveniences, including reverse cycle air-conditioning, once you arrive, you’ll never want to leave. Prices depend on the carriage you choose and the time of your stay, but you can book online here.
Jarrahdale Holiday Carriages
For nature-lovers who don’t want to travel too far from the city, this carriage is a little slice of heaven. As the weather cools, you will be able to enjoy the nearby creek and immerse yourself in the forest trails nearby. Nestled in close to all the local attractions, you can explore the historic surrounding region and the stunning walking trails, or simply settle in with a good book and watch out for visiting wildlife.
While they are currently still closed due to COVID-19, you can get in contact with any questions by email or by calling +61 (0) 8 9525 5780
For more inspiration for your next holiday, check out our list of 6 picturesque natural attractions in WA’s south west.