This gorgeous mill cottage is nestled in the rolling green hills of Victoria Mountain Biking Mecca Forrest and is situated at the start of the Mt Bike Trailhead.

Whether it is enjoying a glass of local wine by the lovely open fire or waking to the call of birds as you look out over the tree tops. The Riders Palace is an idyllic hideaway in the Otway’s.

The Cottage has been decorated and furnished with a contemporary relaxed feel.

With polished timber floors throughout; the cottage offer a light and airy kitchen & dining; separate lounge with open fire place opening on to the north facing 4 metre wide veranda overlooking peaceful gardens.

The property is set in a relaxed and protected north west facing garden with lots of lawn and established garden.

If you open the gate at the bottom of the garden and follow the path to the Barwon River you will discover a parkland and trail to the West Barwon Dam.

The self contained cottage sleeps 7 people comfortably.

The Riders Palace is your own little world for as long as you choose to stay.


– 2 hours from Melbourne

– 1 hour from Geelong & the Surf Coast

– 30 mins from Lorne or Apollo Bay

– 5 min to the Forrest Brewery

Mountain Biking – Forrest is surrounded by over 60 km of sign posted single track specifically designed with real mountain bikers in mind. The trails offer experiences for all rider levels with trail grading from Easiest to Extremely Difficult.

The Riders Palace is a 5 minute walk to the famous Forrest Brewing Company. This casual dining hall offers delicious meals from local produce, great beer and local wines.

The breathtaking Lake Elizabeth is a 10 minute drive. Nestled deep in the Otway’s this beautiful Mountain Lake was created when record rainfalls sent thousands of tonnes of rock and earth into the East Barwon River, creating a dam that went on to form the lake. Lake Elizabeth is now home and habitat for wild Platypus, and other wildlife.

Surfing and Mt Bike Adventure Packages

With over 17 year experience running the successful Eco-Adventure company Southern Exposure. The property owners can deck you out in all the gear and run surfing, mt biking and surf kayaking programs in Torquay, Anglesea or Lorne and the Surf Coast Region.

The owners can link you up with their property in Torquay (the home of the famous Bells Beach and surfing capital of Australia) and put together a truly adventurous Great Ocean Road and Otway experience.