Ruwenzori is a self-catering property. Most visitors to Ruwenzori are happy to bring their own provisions and do their own cooking – there is a fully-equipped kitchen, a Gas BBQ and a wood-fired BBQ to inspire you!
If you want to do a fully catered dinner as part of your stay, there are many great caterers around Mudgee you can contact.
There are excellent 7-day supermarkets, pubs, and great specialty stores in both Mudgee and Gulgong.
If you’d like to explore the food and wine of the region, there are numerous wineries and marvellous restaurants in the area. See our Explore page for some recommendations.
Children are most welcome – after all, what child doesn’t want to stay in a train!
But like any rural property or railway station, Ruwenzori is not fully childproofed – there are lots of things to climb and places to hide, both of which can come with squashed fingers or bumped heads. Older children find the place fascinating and just want to explore, and babies do seem to sleep and eat better at Ruwenzori than at home but parents of toddlers will need to keep a keen eye on them at all times.
We love our pets but there are just some places where they aren’t ideal. Ruwenzori sits in 20 hectares of pristine bush, full of native flora and fauna so bringing your fur babies with you is not an option.
The unique rail accommodation at Ruwenzori is in antique railway carriages which have been lovingly restored to represent what life would have been like in the Victorian age of rail. This means there are narrow corridors and doorways and steps up into the carriages and all on a site with sloping driveways, paths and steps. The Dining Car and State Car are accessible by a ramp to assist anyone who requires assisted walking but the site is not suitable for wheelchairs.
We don’t have a problem with anyone who wants a ciggie. But absolutely no smoking indoors at all – fully restored railway carriages are impossible to replace! And remember when you’re outdoors that we are surrounded by gorgeous Aussie bush, so please take care and dispose of your butts carefully.
Due to where we are, fixed line WiFi isn’t available to us (so much for the NBN!). However, if you’re with Telstra, the phone reception is strong enough that you can easily stream your favourite shows and post on social media (which we encourage!) #stayinatrain
We have two TVs – one in the Pullman Car and another in the Dining Car. There’s also an Apple TV unit that you can move between the two and use the data on your phone to connect.
Part of the joy of you rstay in a train experience is that all that is done for you! You will arrive to a huge pile of firewood and just call our on site caretaker if you run out!