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.
20)  Timber Jinker & Bullock Dray

When one observes the timber jinker and bullock dray, it is easy to understand why the wheelwright was just as important as the Blacksmith in the early timber industry.

19) Blacksmith Brand

The Blacksmith played a vital role in an 1850's mining village. There was often rivalry as to whether the Smithy was more important than the pub.

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: 
Blacksmith 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: 
Only When Pre Booked
Schedule: 
Heritage days and demonstrations as per programmes
Pricing: 
Included in Entry Fee
Organised By: 
The Original Gold Rush Colony
How Do I Participate: 
Part Of A Group Guided Tour, or On Heritage Days
Events - Inside the Shanty Pub

Mogo boasted 38 Shanty Pubs during the height of the gold-rush, ranging from shanties to sly grog tents.

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
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
16) Typical 1800s Bakers Oven

The closest we have today to a Bakers oven, is a wood fired Pizza Oven or the French Fouasse Oven.

In the 1800s Gold Rush era, the town baker lit the fire in the oven, and when the ashes had burned down, the bread etc was baked for the goldfields pioneer villagers.

15)  Mogo Inn Sleeping Quarters

Many a digger was grateful for the relative comfort of the shared sleeping quarters associated with a shanty pub. Simple beds constructed like camp stretchers with Hessian bases, were often slept in on rotation. Five star accommodation at the Mogo Inn, has rules of the house which include  “no more than 5 to a bed” and “no boots, and no tinkers”.

14)  Gaol - Inside  The Jail.

Jails like the one in the Original Gold Rush Colony were designed to travel on a flat bed rail car and were common throughout Eastern Australia. They are thought to have been manufactured in the late 1800s. In remote regional areas like Mogo during the period of the gold-rush, jails did not exist and prisoners were usually restrained by being chained to a tree by the ankles.

13) Police Station

The Police Station Building

12) Apothecary Barber Undertaker

This building was originally the paymasters shed at Perry's Mill, on Beach Rd. Batemans Bay (The current site of Spinnaker's Reach Apartments). During the first half of the 1900's, the economy of Batemans Bay like many coastal towns, relied heavily on the production of sawn timber and timber products.

11) Butchers Gallis

The butcher's gallis is suited for cattle. The beast would be stunned or shot. The hind legs would be roped together, and the beast hoisted up on the gallis. The jugular would be slit and the blood either allowed to drain onto the sawdust or saved to make the likes of blood pudding. The hide would be slit on the belly from stem to stern, and pealed off the beast, which would then be left to set. 

10) Burnt Out Miners Hut

A careless match in a non drawing flue of the fireplace turned a neat, cosy Miners Hut like the building opposite, into an ashy ruin.

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