The Original Gold Rush Colony - Theme Park, Accommodation & Venue
The Original Gold Rush Colony is a unique, family owned, education and tourist facility with on-site accommodation set on 13 acres within the Mogo State Forest. Located in Mogo, just 200m off the Princes Hwy, between Batemans Bay and Moruya on the New South Wales South Coast on the Australian East Coast, within easy driving distance of Canberra ACT and Sydney NSW Australia.
The Gold Rush Colony at Mogo's core business areas are listed below, please follow the links provided for more information. To find out more about our community, its history and development, ethos and the people behind this award-winning South Coast tourism attraction, please use the menu to the right of this section's pages.
Gold Rush Colony - 1850s Re-creation Village Theme Park
Within the grounds of the Gold Rush Colony you will find a faithfully re-created 1850s Gold Rush Village with buildings & exhibits collected from the New South Wales original South Coast goldfields. You can step back in time and experience life as it was in the 1850s Australian Gold Rush days; pan for real gold and enjoy a unique heritage experience.
The Gold Rush Colony and some of the buildings and displays come alive with special events and demonstrations - either on guided tours, on heritage days and as arranged with tour groups, school excursions, weddings and group functions or events. Mini-Golf the mini-train ride, period portrait photography and the maze (due for completion in 2012) all echo the gold rush theme.
Find out more - Take a Virtual Tour of the Gold Rush Colony Theme Park.
Unique South Coast Accommodation - Cabins & Bunkhouses
The holiday accommodation at the Gold Rush Colony consists of 9 cabins and 4 bunkhouses specifically designed to meet the needs of individual travellers, couples, backpackers, families, school camps, weddings and groups of all kinds. A wheelchair friendly (ASA approved) Accessible cabin and pet friendly holiday accommodation are available.
The accommodation buildings are sympathetic to the beautiful natural forest setting, using Australiana bush colours and materials to blend in with the surrounding spotted gum trees and other Australian natives & Eucalyptus.
The unique sloping bush setting, is protected from the noise and lights of civilisation by the lie of the land and the Mogo State Forest. The property is ideal for bird watching, star gazing and bush walking, as well as being close to the beautiful beaches and waterways of the Batemans Bay and NSW South Coast region - ideal for swimming, kayaking and other water sports. The area also boasts 5 golf courses within the Eurobodalla shire.
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Preserving History and Culture - An Educational Resource
The Original Gold Rush Colony in Mogo NSW specialises in preserving and promoting Australian History, both of the Australian Aboriginal traditional heritage and culture and of the new Australians who have immigrated to Australia over the years.
Memorabilia, buildings, artifacts and stories of the early Australian Gold Rush days of the 1850s are preserved with loving care and attention to detail, both physically and in oral presentation and tradition.
Educational programs run on site to provides students with an invaluable insight and understanding of the impact the gold rush had on Australian history. The range of authentic historical and gold rush theme experiences for group activities can be individually tailored to suit school excursions, school camps and special interest groups of all ages.
Find out more - School Excursions and Camps Educational Programs and Packages
Weddings, Functions And Events Venue
The design of the Gold Rush Colony lends itself to adaptation for all kinds of group events functions. All it takes is a little imagination and flair to turn the park backdrop into a film lot, a background for historic car clubs, a party play area for youngsters, a murder mystery setting for a group getaway or a fairy tale setting for colonial country weddings with a difference.
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Multi-Award Winning South Coast Tourism Attraction
The Original Gold Rush Colony was previously known as Old Mogo Town and since the purchase of the original Gold Rush Theme Park, by current owners Maureen Nathan and June Lotzof, the facility has received accolades at many different levels.
Most of the awards have been for the work done in the fields of Heritage and Culture, but also for the innovative approach the business has undertaken to the facility, staff, community and program developments.
The Theme Park is designed to entertain and educate about life during the heady days of the gold rush when the colony of Australia changed dramatically from a penal settlement to a land of opportunity. During the changes the traditional custodians of the area were displaced.
The stories of the Early 1850s Gold Rush Days are told by experience and interaction, captivating and charming individual tourists as well as school groups. An in depth collation of the material touched on during the tours may be viewed in the online resource centre.
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