Sleep in Style with our Rail Accommodation!
The unique train accommodation at Ruwenzori is in four large antique railway carriages – which feature all mod-cons for your comfort. To top it off , the whole place is yours in peace and privacy.
In short there are *1 x King Bedroom *2 x Queen bedrooms * 1 x double bed * 2 x single beds – bunk style * 2 x single beds top to toe * 1 x single bedroom
Click on the images below to see the cars
The Rail Carriage Holidays Dining Car
Built in 1890, originally a Sydney passenger “Cowboy car”, the Dining Car is now the central hub of food and entertainment at Ruwenzori. A fully equipped kitchen, grand dining setting and cosy seating makes the Dining Car heaven for sharing a hearty breakfast, sumptuous dinner or curling up in front of a movie with a glass of Mudgee red –Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, espresso machine and gas stove.
- Stereo with CD player and bluetooth connection
- TV, DVD and Video
- Gas heater
- Fuel stoves
- Collection of CDs, videos and DVDs
The Dining Car connects to the State Car via a covered veranda that shares the same stunning view as the adjacent terraced BBQ area.
The State Train Accommodation Sleeping Car
An original 1920s TAM Sleeping Car, with exquisite original features including polished cedar panelling, pressed metal ceilings and brass and silver fittings.
The State Car has been remodelled to provide larger living and sleeping spaces and features one Queen bedroom, an original sleeping compartment with double bunk, marble bathroom, separate WC and a large lounge area which doubles as an additional double bedroom. Numerous windows invite the extraordinary views into every room.
- King bed
- Queen bed
- Double bunk
- Bath + shower
- Under floor heating
- Wood fire and electric heaters
- Electric fans
- Collection of books and games.
- Air Conditioning in the King Bedroom
The Pullman Accommodation, Mudgee
Built in 1899 as a premiere passenger car for the main intercity routes, the “Pullman” has been luxuriously remodelled to sleep up to four people.
Lie back and relax in the King Bed stateroom and admire the stunning view. Enjoy a beautifully appointed en-suite bathroom. A large living area features a kitchenette, a feature carriage seat tghat folds down into a comfortable single bed with royal privacy curtaining, and a lovely long day bed that converts to another single bed.
- Under floor heating
- Radio and TV
- Electric fans
- Separate WC with silver hand basin
- Bathroom with shower and basin
- Dining nook
- Microwave, kettle, toaster and bar fridge.
A perfect and private single bedroom in its own classic carriage. Originally built as a coalfields brake-van in the 1920’s, the 4 wheel ‘Caboose’ sits on its own small branch line of track beside the Dining Car. It has a single bedroom complete with a pull-down wash-basin and loo, heating, storage racks, rugs and curtains, and a desk and lamp complete the charming interior. Additionally, it has verandas on each side for sitting out and admiring the view. The perfect single person retreat within the retreat.
The Guards Van
THE GUARDS VAN – is a charming compact Queen bedroom with en-suite, was opened in April 2021 and is the most recent addition to our train stay . Originally an HG mixed train Guards Van with a small passenger compartment and Guards room, it was built at Eveleigh Carriage Works in 1900. It was converted to a Workman’s Van (L1162), in 1952 before being condemned and sold at Mudgee Yard to Scott McGregor for $60 in 1983. Scott moved it to Ruwenzori in that year and it became a workshop, storeroom and occasional overflow bedroom until its full-scale renovation began back in mid-January 2021. The construction of a roof over the whole area is an excellent addition helping to preserve and cool it all while making a lovely covered social space linking the Station and the Van.
- Queen Bed with quality cushion topper
- Cedar chest of drawers and side tables
- luggage racks for hanging and upholstered seating
- Electric wall heater, and louvered windows and fans in Summer
- Ensuite bathroom with walk in shower and underfloor heating
What’s included on all rail carriage holidays:
- All linen (including tea towels) and towels.
- Basic toiletries – soap, tissues etc.
- Basic kitchen consumables are also supplied – sugar, salt, pepper, oil
- Tea, herbal tea and ground coffee (espresso or plunger), sugar and milk are provided.
- Gas BBQ
- CD/DVD players
- Board games and DVD library
- Microwave and dishwasher
- Exterior open fire place
- Underfloor heating and stand alone electric heaters
- Electric fans
- Iron and ironing board
We can provide a high chair and travel cot if required.
Rail accommodation provisions
For meals, most visitors to Ruwenzori are happy to do their own cooking and bring provisions – we have a well equipped kitchen and a great outdoor BBQ area. The nearest food stores are Gulgong (22km) and Mudgee (30km). Mudgee has several supermarkets open 7 days, plus a number of excellent specialty food stores and cafes. There is a pub at Ulan (10km). As well as this, there are numerous wineries in the area that allow convenient day trips. Our private caterer is also available on request for larger groups, email us for details.
Children – absolutely welcome, although we should warn parents of pre-schoolers that Ruwenzori is not child proof (e.g. lots of things to climb up/fall off/squash fingers etc.). Parents of littlies will need to keep a close eye on them at all times. Older children will find the place fascinating, and babies do seem to sleep and eat better at Ruwenzori than at home!
Pets – sorry, but we can’t allow pets as they have proved to be a menace to our local fauna in the past.
As the self contained train accommodation provided at Ruwenzori is in antique railway carriages which have very narrow doorways, wheelchair access is difficult. The two main carriages are accessible via a ramp (no steps) but some of the site depends on steps and/or has a steep slope around it.
We have a No Smoking indoors policy. If smoking outdoors, please remember you are surrounded by Aussie Bush so dispose of your butts with care.
In addition to the three self contained rail accommodation carriages, Ruwenzori features many fascinating historical items from our railway past – you could spend all day just walking discovering the treasures.
Surrounding the carriages are cottage-style gardens, fountains and an abundance of unusual objects which contribute to the unique and fascinating nature of Ruwenzori. In every corner of the garden is something interesting to see, or a secluded place to relax.