ruwenzoriSometimes you just have to get away from the Web.

There are few places better suited to this than Ruwenzori.

A friend of mine who’s a train buff has hauled some railway carriages to a hilltop just north of Mudgee (about four hours drive northwest of Sydney).

Scott and his wife Wendy have renovated these and transformed them into luxurious accommodation for people seeking an escape from city life.

And it is brilliant.

The 1890s Dining Car (full kitchen and dining facilities, TV, DVD, VCR, audio etc) connects to the 1920s State Car (sleeps up to 6, bath + shower) by a covered verandah with spectacular views.

ruwenzoriThen there’s the separate 1899 Pullman Car (sleeps up to 6, bath + shower, TV, kitchenette), plus gardens dotted with old railway memorabilia and, of course, the wide open spaces – conveniently marked with bushwalking tracks.

ruwenzoriIt’s a fantastic area, steeped in goldmining and bushranging history, and more lately becoming home to dozens of wineries. Lots of short day trips on offer.

Personally, I reckon just hanging out at Ruwenzori is pretty hard to top – feet up, good coffee or a glass of wine, gazing out over the plains and mountains …