The SpaceCamp Kulning is a private getaway decked out with cottage, 1950s caravan and 1920s W-Class tram accommodation.
The cottage is a cosy little space with a potbelly fire, split system aircon/heating, vintage furnishings, a record player, books and board games. The kitchen is a simple set up, equipped with a portable benchtop oven and hot plates. It's stocked with pots and pans, toaster, kettle, crockery and utensils, plus cooking basics and breakfast provisions. There's also an extendable dining table which seats up to 8 people. The cottage bedroom sleeps 2 in a double bed, and leads through to the ensuite style bathroom (which has a shower over a tiny bath) and a separate toilet. The toilet also has an outside door, providing convenient access for guests sleeping in the tram and caravan. Please see photo #13 for the bedroom / bathroom layout. Although there's no television reception, there is a TV in the bedroom along with a selection of movies. Outside behind the cottage is a very basic second shower which overlooks the forest.
The W-Class tram (aka Jean Claude Van Tram) was in operation between the 1920s and 1980s, and has recently been transformed into accommodation. It's located 20 metres from the cottage, and contains a lounge room and 2 bedrooms each with a double bed. The lounge area separates the bedrooms, and is furnished with a wood fire, comfy chairs and bean bags. Each tram bed has an electric blanket, and there's also a portable heater and fans if needed. Please note that tram guests will need to use the kitchen and bathroom facilities in the cottage.
The 1952 Globetrotter caravan is just a few steps from the cottage. It's a sweet little thing, guests generally fall in love with it at first sight. It sleeps 2 people in a double bed, is powered, and includes a portable fan or heater if needed. Please note that caravan guests will need to use the kitchen and bathroom facilities in the cottage.
The sleeping quarters are set on an acre which backs onto the Lauriston forest. There's an undercover BBQ area, a retro tiki bar hiding inside one of the sheds, and a campfire area with cast iron cooking equipment for fireside snacks. There's plenty to do around the property during the day including badminton, croquet, bocce and table tennis, plus a hammock, sun loungers and picnic blankets. There's a walking track through the forest just behind the house, and at sunset kangaroos stop by for a visit in the adjoining paddock.
If you're considering staying at Camp Kulning that is wonderful news but please keep in mind that it's located in the country, you'll most likely come into contact with bugs and your shoes will probably get dirty. You'll sleep comfortably but please don't expect anything fancy or luxurious - it's furnished with old treasures found in op shops. It's no-frills, ramshackle and rustic. It's also very charming and fun, and is the perfect place for those looking to switch off and relax.
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The property has been lucky enough to feature in: frankie magazine and their interior design book Spaces Volume 3, Broadsheet, Apartment Therapy, Country Living, The Age newspaper, Concrete Playground, Smith Journal, Lunch Lady, Countryphiles, travel website AWOL, Messy Nessy Chic, and the video for Fraser A. Gorman's song Broken Hands.
"A true forest-bound getaway. It's where those suffering waves of wanderlust and a good dose of wonder go to sooth their souls and connect with the great outdoors" - Countryphiles
"like something out of a Wes Anderson movie... a tiny country amusement park" - AWOL
"Sleeping in a tram has never been so appealing" - Broadsheet Guest AccessGuests have exclusive use of the entire property. Interaction with GuestsI'll be at the property to say a quick hello and hand over keys upon arrival, and then it's all yours! I will be located just a few minutes down the road, and am always available if needed at anytime during your stay. The NeighborhoodPlease note there are (incredibly lovely) neighbours living close to the property, so unfortunately it isn't the right fit for those looking for absolute seclusion OR for anyone looking party and make a lot of noise. Although Camp Kulning backs onto the forest, it is in a residential area and is located just off the road which connects Kyneton to Daylesford and other nearby towns. Please view the map to get better idea of where the property is situated to ensure it's what you have in mind.
Lauriston is the perfect base to explore the Macedon Ranges and Victoria's spa country, with Kyneton, Daylesford, Hepburn Springs, Trentham, Woodend, Taradale, Hanging Rock, Castlemaine, Malmsbury, Turpins Falls, Trentham Falls all within a half hour drive. Getting AroundLauriston is a one hour drive from Melbourne and is best accessed by car, however there is a train station in Kyneton and taxis available.