Five Farmstay choices at Forgedale

We have longterm bookings for Site 1 and Site 2 so they are unavailable until further notice.

Our intention for our guests is to give you the feeling of privacy and security, in our unique rural environment. That is why we offer you exclusive use of a site, which is practically out of sight of other sites and neighbours. Enjoy viewing photos of sites in the Gallery.

Arrival and departure anytime between 8.30am and 4.30pm Mon to Fri (some holidays excepted).

We are on rainwater only, so if you don’t wish to drink that, you will need to boil it or bring your own water.

Longer terms, tents and pets considered upon application.

Though we encourage you to have a good time, it is not a party venue and additional non-paying visitors are not allowed without prior conditional approval.

Do not give your attention to what others do or fail to do;
give it to what you do or fail to do-

Gautama Buddha

We are an old fashioned couple with old fashioned values living on an old fashioned property.  We will give old fashioned assistance to anyone in need.  In return, all guests are expected be self-responsible, as a condition of staying at Forgedale.  Insurance costs would become prohibitive, otherwise, and we wouldn’t be able to offer guests our wonderfully unique site and activities.  Guests are expected to have and use their own insurances, including vehicle, RV and private health insurance.  Guests are required to claim through their own insurance if something adverse should happen.

I have learnt how lucky I am to live in this country.
I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to see the beauty of our landscape
and to meet so many of my fellow Australians in rural, remote and urban places.
To observe that unique Australianness we are so proud to call our own,
those qualities that make us who we are – courage, toughness, compassion.    

Quentin Bryce

Forgedale is on designated agricultural land and characterised as open bushland forest adjoining a lake precinct.  Our property includes the family run antique restoration business and incorporates a private museum with rural and industrial Australiana, sheds, vehicles, machinery, equipment and paraphernalia displayed and used on the property.

Most traditional practices and activities we engage in are done in the same manner as they were done centuries ago.  Most old items here were manufactured before workplace health and safety, and insurance were commonly used terms.  So, though we take due care, you definitely need to be self-responsible.  You can expect all the typical risks and hazards associated with such an environment.

If you don’t know what the risks are, please ask.  We offer accompanied activities and interactions to minimise the risks and enhance the experience.  If you have any doubts about the safety at Forgedale being sufficient for your requirements, we encourage you to look elsewhere for your ideal site.   All sites, accommodation and activity options require you to sign an indemnity.

From our RIGHT GATE ENTRY directly in front of you as you enter our driveway.  STOCKYARD RETREAT paddock camp

SITE A – Roundabout Site – solely for oversized caravans and large motorhomes, at our discretion.  This roundabout is hardened road base with a grass edge verge and is fine for a body truck and even a crane truck to get around, so is likely fine for most caravans and motorhomes.  It is good in the wet, too.  If not we have another option adjacent to the driveway.  You would be in the nicest position overlooking the paddocks, though you can see within 50 metres is our residence and antique restoration workshop.  Inspect or ring ahead.

$30/ night
3 nights minimum booking.

Views of dams and bushland paddock. Under the stars.
You must be fully self contained for this option, though we can supply power and water upon request.
All weather rolled road base track. Near level site.  Early morning and late afternoon shade.
You will need additional heavy duty power leads to reach power, if chosen as an option, and longer hose length.
Dog friendly on lead, pending approval.  We have dogs in the same space.
Dog never loose, nor left on a chain if you are not with it.
Secure dog cage and/or shaded dog enclosure is available for use, if booked.
Front vehicle gate is closed or locked at night.  Inform us of your needs please.

Optional Extras $/day

$25      After hours check-in.  Office is open 8 to 4.30pm Mon – Fri.

$25      Up to 4 hours of pet sitting
$5        Power and Rainwater – opt whether to boil rainwater before drinking.
$5        Secure Dog cage
$5        Secure Shaded dog enclosure
$5        Additional person, if more than 2.

SITE 3 – Stockyard Retreat  Mowed site in paddock by the old stockyards

$25/ night
3 nights minimum booking.

Views of dams and bushland paddock. Under the stars.
Semi-secluded 50 m from amenities
You must have your own toilet and shower if not choosing our optional extras.
All weather track for 4WD.  Fine and light weather track for 2WD.
Turn around space for parking.
Use the roundabout for gentle manoeuvring of caravans and trailers.
Gentle sloping ground.  Mown site, with shade.
Solid boards supplied if you wish to run one wheel up onto them to help level your van.
Close to pedestrian gate leading to shed for external shower and internal toilet, if chosen as options.  Take a torch.  Turn lights off when finished.
You will need additional heavy duty power leads to reach power, if chosen as an option, and longer hoses.
No open fires are allowed.  Cigarette butts to be safely disposed of.
Dog friendly on lead, pending approval.  We have dogs in the adjacent yard.
Dog never loose, nor left on a chain if you are not with it.
Dog cage and/or shaded dog enclosure is available for use, if booked.
Bring your lights if opting not to include our power.
Cleaner comes on Friday.
Front vehicle gate is closed or locked at night.  Inform us of your needs please.

Optional Extras $/day

$25      After hours check-in.  Office is open 8 to 4.30pm Mon – Fri.

$25      Up to four hours of pet sitting.
$5        Power and Rainwater – opt whether to boil rainwater before drinking.
$5        Shared Toilet and Outside Shower, take your own light.
$5        Secure Dog cage
$5        Secure Shaded dog enclosure
$5        Additional person, if more than 2.

From our FAR LEFT GATE ENTRY 100m along the left footpath BUSH HUT at FORGEDALE DAM and LAKE KURWONGBAH paddock camp

SITE 4 – Bush Hut at Forgedale Dam Secluded bush camp with fire and rustic comforts

$45/ night

$100 bond
3 nights minimum booking.

Secluded bush camp on farm dam with fire and rustic comforts
Dog friendly site at farm dam with vintage windmill and bushland views.
You must have your own toilet and shower if not choosing our optional extras.

Rustic Australiana Hut Museum in a single room 5m x 3m, corrugated iron hut.
Sit in the squatters chairs under the generous 5m x 3m hut awning overlooking the fireplace/ bbq, the dam and surrounding bushland.
There’s an outdoor sink, low table and high benches that you may like to use.
Mowed camp site and lawn surrounds.
Non-powered. Limited rainwater – opt whether to boil rainwater before drinking.
Campfire or bonfires and fireplace BBQ are allowed (Fire restrictions may apply).
All weather track for 4WD. Fine and light weather track for 2WD.
Paddock track is mowed.

Good drivers, who are towing, will manage turnaround and parking manoeuvres readily.
A few inexperienced, towing drivers have expressed concerns, but still managed and enjoyed their stays.
Dog never loose to chase wildlife, nor left on a chain if you are not with it.
Cigarette butts to be safely disposed of.

300m from pedestrian gate leading to shed for external shower and internal toilet, if chosen as options.  Take a torch.  Turn lights off when finished.
Toilet/ Shower Cleaner comes on Friday.

Optional Extras
$25      After hours check-in.  Office is open 8 to 4.30pm Mon – Fri.

$25      Up to 4 hours pet sitting.
$5        Shared Toilet and Outside Shower 300m away at Eucalypt Green Shed,

take your own light to walk up.
$5        Additional person, if more than 2.
$5        Secure Dog Cage

$5        Secure Shaded Dog Enclosure

SITE 5 – Lake Kurwongbah Camp  Secluded bush camp mowed site, nearest the lake.

$25/ night

3 nights minimum booking.
Under the stars, in a mown section of paddock near our boundary with Lake Kurwongbah.
You must have your own toilet and shower if not choosing our optional extras.
The most secluded bushland campsite closest to the natural beauty of Lake Kurwongbah. Away from it all.
Dog friendly site.  Dog pen, or dog sitting available with prior arrangement.
Dog never loose to chase wildlife, nor left on a chain if you are not with it.
Non-powered, no water, no fires allowed. No smoking.​
4WD slashed paddock track only.  Fine and light weather access.
Please shut the back boundary gate.

Optional Extras $/day
$25      After hours check-in.  Office is open 8 to 4.30pm Mon – Fri.

$25      Up to 4 hours pet sitting.
$5        Shared Toilet and Outside Shower 600m away at Eucalypt Green Shed,

take your own torch.  Turn of lights when finished.
$5        Additional person, if more than 2.
$5        Secure Dog Cage

$5        Secure Shaded Dog Enclosure

From your FOOTPATH RESERVED PARKING SITE accessed by the PEDESTRIAN FRONT GATE

FORGEDALE PENTHOUSE SUITE

Forgedale Antique Furnished Penthouse Suite

Fully airconditioned, 2 Bedrooms (Queen and King Single)

You are in the penthouse, three storeys up in a semi detached apartment.

Walk from the footpath to your own keyed door with sensor lighting.

Views of the native front garden and the back paddocks and bushland, farm dams, mountains and the antique workshops and vintage museum.
Recently renovated, self-contained, air conditioned, private access penthouse.
Security and insect screened. Third floor accessed by one set of stairs.
Queen bedroom and King single bedroom.

Antique furnished, new modern studio kitchen with microwave, lounge/library/office, shower over bath with sturdy hand rail, laundry, free to air television, though a smart tv if you want to link to your private internet modem/ mobile phone.
All weather access and off street reserved parking.
Adults only.  Non-smokers only

No pets inside.  Pets on lead outside.

Contract cleaners.

$600    Part week, either Fri to Sun, or Mon to Thu
$1000  Full week

$100    Bond

Optional Extras $/day
$25      After hours check-in.  Office is open 8 to 4.30pm Mon – Fri.
$20      Under cover parking

$25      Up to 4 hours pet sitting

$5        Secure shaded dog pen