Gold Rush Colony Tour

There are 4 guided tours daily that you may join in with experienced tour guides with a wealth of information and stories to tell to take you back in time so you can experience the early Australian lifestyle of Gold Rush days of the 1850s. You may alternatively select to do a self guided tour at your leisure. This section maps out the tour in sequence for your information.
30) Digger's Rest Tavern

The Tavern As A Venue For Schools, Groups, Weddings, Functions & Events

The Diggers Rest Tavern is the hub of the Gold Rush Colony Community. It has hosted many events such as bush dances, weddings, birthdays for young and old, fund-raisers, seminars, meetings, workshops and school groups.

Gold Rush Colony Activity Details
Note: Activities are subject to change and availability, some activities are limited to; specific times and special dates or seasons, others may be by arrangement only. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Activity Name: 
Functions, Weddings, School Excursions, Heritage Days
Activity Available To: 
Day Visitors, Accommodation Guests, Schools & Groups
Schedule: 
When Booked or Hired
Schedule: 
Heritage days and demonstrations as per programmes
Pricing: 
Tavern Hire From $300. Heritage Days and spinners demonstrations included in entry fee.
Organised By: 
The Original Gold Rush Colony and the Spinners (2 wednesdays a month)
How Do I Participate: 
Arrange with Reception
Nature - Fairy Tree

This ancient spotted gum tree would have been a sapling when gold was first discovered in the creeks of Mogo by Alexander Waddell (great great grandfather of Georgina Jackson, manager of the Original Gold Rush Colony). It towers over the rest of the Mogo State Forest, with its crown visible from many vantage points through the property.

28) Graveyard

The north eastern corner of the Original Gold Rush Colony is taken up with Boot Hill. Wooden headstones give an insight into the Iconic Aussie sense of humour overlaying that of the Californian wild wild west. The path allows visitors a brief interaction with the Mogo State Forest without going for a long walk on the walking trail.

Gold Rush Colony Activity Details
Note: Activities are subject to change and availability, some activities are limited to; specific times and special dates or seasons, others may be by arrangement only. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Activity Name: 
bird watching
Activity Available To: 
Day Visitors
Activity Available To: 
Accommodation Guests
Activity Available To: 
Large Tour or Special Interest Groups by Arrangement
Schedule: 
self timed
Schedule: 
By appointment for Groups
Pricing: 
Included in entry fee or as club member
Organised By: 
self
How Do I Participate: 
self guided or by appointment as organised with Reception
Birdlife - Bower Bird's Nest

The Original Gold Rush Colony has been home to a bower bird for many years. Visitors strolling across Bower Bird Bridge may think we are an untidy bunch, but it is the bower bird that has collected bright blue bits and bobs to place in his bower.

Weddings - Gunya Honeymoon Suite With A Differrence

Bark Gunyas have been used as shelter for centuries by the nomadic Aborigines of Australia. The dwelling made of bark and logs can be left behind without fear of leaving a trail of garbage, devastation and waste in its wake.

25) Chapel

Ministering religion on the goldfields was a difficult task for many clergymen because of the wild culture generated by gold mania. Services were held in the open air or canvas tents, until wooden churches such as the one at the Original Gold Rush Colony Mogo NSW were built around the more developed diggings, which had a sense of permanency.

Gold Rush Colony Activity Details
Note: Activities are subject to change and availability, some activities are limited to; specific times and special dates or seasons, others may be by arrangement only. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Activity Name: 
Penny School, Church Service, Meeting Place
Activity Available To: 
School Excursions by Arrangement
Activity Available To: 
School Camps by Arrangement
Activity Available To: 
Weddings by Arrangement
Activity Available To: 
Functions by Arrangement
Activity Available To: 
Large Tour or Special Interest Groups by Arrangement
Schedule: 
by arrangement
Pricing: 
by arrangement
Organised By: 
The Original Gold Rush Colony
How Do I Participate: 
Arrange with Reception
24) Miners Tent Sam Bellette

Tents and Bark Gunyahs were commonly used by the diggers as they had to always be ready to move on if the lease they were working on dried up. Canvas would have been available, at a price, from the Pedallers who carted most supplies into the goldfields.

23) Settlers Hut Interior

As miners became Settlers, they built more permanent homes using wattle and daub construction, a method of building which dates back to Anglo-Saxon times. The method involves driving stakes into the ground and weaving flexible branches around them, a technique known as "wattling".

Gold Rush Colony Activity Details
Note: Activities are subject to change and availability, some activities are limited to; specific times and special dates or seasons, others may be by arrangement only. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Activity Name: 
Meeting Place, Heritage Day Display
Activity Available To: 
Large Tour or Special Interest Groups by Arrangement
Schedule: 
by arrangement
Schedule: 
Heritage days and demonstrations as per programmes
Pricing: 
by arrangement or included in entry fee on heritage days.
Organised By: 
The Original Gold Rush Colony
How Do I Participate: 
Arrange with Reception
Artisans - Wooden Spinning Tops

Woodturning is a technique used to create wooden objects on a lathe where the wood is moving while a stationary tool is used to cut and shape it into simple or intricate shapes and designs, from spinning tops to bowls and furniture legs.

Gold Rush Colony Activity Details
Note: Activities are subject to change and availability, some activities are limited to; specific times and special dates or seasons, others may be by arrangement only. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Activity Name: 
Woodturning Demonstration
Activity Available To: 
School Excursions by Arrangement
Activity Available To: 
School Camps by Arrangement
Activity Available To: 
Large Tour or Special Interest Groups by Arrangement
Schedule: 
Demonstrations by prior arrangment for tour groups.
Schedule: 
Heritage days as per programmes
Pricing: 
Included In Entry Fee
Organised By: 
The Original Gold Rush Colony
How Do I Participate: 
Part of Guided Tour
21)  Chinese Joss House Altar

It is believed there were about 7,000 Chinese people living and working on the NSW Araleun goldfields in the 1800s Australian Gold Rush days. The Chinese were often badly treated and being mostly non-english speaking, in those days, tended to form communities for protection and encouragement.

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