Historical Attractions

The Original Gold Rush Colony Mogo

Where is it at?

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The Original Gold Rush Colony
26 James Street
Tel: 02 4474 2123


They are located in Mogo, just 200m off the Princes Hwy, between Batemans Bay and Moruya on the New South Wales South Coast. They are at 26 James Street. You can enter from the Princes Hwy via Annett Lane or the Tomakin Rd via James St.

Where are we going today?

Where do you want to go today...how about 1850?  What!?

The Original Gold Rush Colony (previously known as Old Mogo Town) in the town of Mogo will take you and your family all the way back to the 1800's during the gold rush days! 

Set on 13 acres of bushland in the Mogo State Forest, you and the family can enjoy an authentically recreated 1850s Gold Rush era village.

Wander around the buildings that will take you straight back into history! What do you think it was like to live there at that time? Would you have liked to have been part of the gold rush?

The town is so authentic, even the administration and on-site accommodation are all 1850-fied!

Kids, I don't want you to panic, but they didn't have iPhones in the 1850s. This place will take you back to a time when the gold rush pioneers couldn't check in at their local saloon, or tag their friends in the pictures after a long day out looking for gold.  

Spend your day looking at nature, instead of looking at a screen. Discover what it was really like for our pioneers out on the goldfields, and even pan for real gold!  See how much you can find...you might get strike it rich! 

The displays and the buildings come alive with their special events and demonstrations, which can be done on a guided tour.

Fun activities like the challenging maze, period portrait photography, mini golf and the mini train ride all echo the theme of the gold rush.

Enjoy history, and strike gold! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$20
  • Children$12 (Ages 5 - 16)
  • Free Under: 5 years.

When can we go?

Daily guided tours at 10.30am, Noon, 1.30pm and 3pm.

Every day except Christmas Day

Teachers corner

The colony is the perfect destination for any school excursion day trip or overnight school camps, because it is living Australian history! They are fun and educational activities that students can participate in. .

I'm Hungry!

If all that gold panning worked up an appetite, you can enjoy light refreshments such as ice creams, soft drinks, hot pies and biscuits..

Any Top Tips?

Guided tours take about an hour!

Mini golf is extra at $3 for 9 holes. The steam train is $5 per ride. Babies under 1 free. Maze is $5 per person. .

Can I get one of those?

The Original Gold Rush Colony Mogo on site has a fully stocked souvenir and gift shop - maybe not filled with the gold found in the gold rush days, but certainly something for all ages, from tea-towels to teaspoons and gold pans to gold nuggets, dot painted rocks to dot paintings. Fun!.

More information

Once you have learned how to pan with the tour guides, you may want to purchase a gold pan and try your luck in the creeks of the Eurobodalla: gold is still found on the NSW South Coast!.

What people are saying?

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    We spent just one night but wishing we spent many more. Staff are friendly and the pet friendly cabins are beyond immaculate. The tour of the old mining town and equipment was fantastic (Which is included in the price). All round the family is impressed and hoping to return again! :)

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