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.
9) Poppet Head

Poppet heads sit over mine shafts and are used to winch ore laden buckets from below. In less hilly areas, shafts are the only entrances into the mines and therefore the only way to get ore out. Draught horses and steam engines (where available) were the most common means of lifting the heavy buckets out of the shafts using the winch. The bucket shape frame shown here would have held the ore in hessian sacks. 

8) Miners Humpy

Fossikers who travelled to the area to try their luck moved on when they did not strike gold. Most preferred to live in a bark gunya made from local timber and bark, which could be easily dismantled, or simply left to rot back to nature. The Humpy would often have a single sheet of corrugated iron either as a wall or part of the roof.

7) Mine Tunnel Miner's Tools

The mine tunnel was developed at Old Mogo Town, 1850's Gold Rush Theme Park, now known as The Original Gold Rush Colony, to allow visitors to view the original mine shaft in safety. Walking through the cool darkness visitors can experience what it is like to be underground.

6)  Rock Crusher Cogs Closeup

To separate the gold from the ore collected by the diggers in the mine tunnel, ore first had to be crushed by a series of hammers in the stamper head.

5) Betsy The Steam Engine

Betsy the Steam Engine is an example of the type of power used in the 1850s for the large gold mining machinery.

The Original Gold Rush Colony used to power up Betsy to drive the massive ore crusher for demonstrations. She was a very hungry and thirsty machine, using 2,000 litres of water and a ton of ironbark wood to keep her running for just a 4 hour period.

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: 
Watch The Belt System Drive The Cogs On The Crusher
Activity Available To: 
Day Visitors, Accommodation Guests, Schools & Groups
Schedule: 
10.45am 12.15pm 1.45pm and 3.15pm
Schedule: 
By appointment for Groups
Pricing: 
included in entry fee
Organised By: 
Tour Guide
How Do I Participate: 
Join up with a guided tour - see reception.
4) Wash House

Few fossikers would have had the facility to wash and iron their clothes. It was common for women to take in laundry to help support their men folk who had not yet struck gold. The Chinese immigrants often established a laundry on the gold fields.

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: 
Old Fashioned Wash Day
Activity Available To: 
Day Visitors
Schedule: 
Heritage days and demonstrations as per programmes
Pricing: 
included in entry fee
Organised By: 
The Original Gold Rush Colony
How Do I Participate: 
self guide
2) Furphy Tank End- Plate

The Furphy water cart was invented by John Furphy, an experienced blacksmith and wheelwright. It was first made between 1878-1880 in Shepparton, Victoria. No similar article was used in Australia or overseas at that time. The first carts found a ready market in Victoria and the Riverina and eventually found their way into all states.

Tour Clock

Starting point for 1 hour guided tour of the Gold Rush Theme and demonstration how to pan for gold.  Feel free to drop off or join up at any point.

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: 
Guided & Self Guided Gold Rush Colony Tours
Activity Available To: 
Day Visitors, Accommodation Guests, Schools & Groups
Schedule: 
10.30am, noon, 1.30pm, 3pm Daily one hour tours
Schedule: 
By appointment for Groups
Pricing: 
Included in Day Visitor Entry Fee (from $15), Groups by Arrangement or Free for Accommodation Guests
Organised By: 
The Original Gold Rush Colony
How Do I Participate: 
Guided tours are subject to change, Please confirm at reception as to which guided tour you want to participate in.
17) Period Portraits -Wanted Poster

(Available NSW School Holidays)


The Period Portraits - Photo Studio houses a range of period costumes for the Gold Rush photo shoots.

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