Educational Activities

The Gold Rush Colony believes in encouraging education through participation and offers an extensive programme of activities designed to stimulate, entertain and challenge perceptions. 

Activities For Groups

While focusing on the needs of Australian primary school children, activities may also be adapted to suit all ages and are available for larger tour groups, parties, unique wedding and function add-ons.

1850s living history, step back and work, play and live as an early Australian pioneer.  Taste a simpler, wilder yet organised and disciplined community lifestyle.

All things gold. How it was found, mined, panned, extracted, bought & sold, shipped and fought over (bushrangers). Social, cultural and immigrant influences of the gold rush days.

School Excursions and School Camps

Koori culture, art, shelter, dreamtime and bush tucker activities are created and led by Rod Slockee, the local Mogo elder, master guide, historian and educator. 

Off-site activities can be co-ordinated as part of your package. Mogo Zoo is 2km away and the Eurobodalla, South Coast NSW & Canberra ACT regions provide many group activities.

Living History & Skills

Exploring the early Australian life of the 1850s Gold Rush Days.

Australian History School Lessons

Life On The Goldfields

Students step back in time as they take part in an exciting, interactive activity with two experienced coordinators dressed as the Australian 1850's school "Master" and school "Ma’am".

While under the watchful eye of these formidable principals, students enjoy making damper as they ponder a strict and authoritative teaching style, so different from today.

Acting skills are exercised, worksheets are completed and, after the damper is eaten, the students make a simple toy to take home. In early Australian schools this treat may have been made from a button selected from Madam's spares. Today, a wooden disk and colourful string are supplied to decorate and make a fascinating whirlygig.

1.5-2hrs | from $12 per person

Eureka Stockade Mogo Maze

Eureka Theme Mogo Maze

Students make their way through the wooden maze with a crossword puzzle based on the Eureka Stockade. Clues and answers to complete the puzzle are found on the 26 interchangeable information panels within the maze.

On completion each student will receive a Gold Coin souvenir to take home.

from $6 per person

Australian History 1850s School Lessons

1850s School Lesson

Students are acquainted with an educational experience from the 1850s. The on-site chapel, with its no nonsense pews, is used as the classroom.

The 1800s saw the beginnings of the first compulsory schools in Australia and students learn about the NSW and national regulations and strict discipline used in the educational system in early days.

1hr | from $7 per person

Australian History traditional games

Traditional 1850s Games

Students rotate through a variety of games played by children of the 1850’s. No electricity needed!

 Dominoes - learn how to play Draw Dominoes
 Hopscotch - school yard favourite
 Housey Housey - game of chance
 Tag - agility
 Skipping - energetic fun
 Marbles - traditional game
 Quoits - co-ordination
 Rainy Day Games - Noughts and Crosses or Boxes.

1hr | from $8 per person

Bush skills Orienteering activity


Using just a compass and a map groups of students navigate through 21 points of interest through a variety of terrains on the Gold Rush Colony's acreage property. 

Get one point wrong and you may get lost!

This activity requires teacher participation.

1hr approx | from $7 per person

Teacher professional training course NSW South Coast

NESA Professional Development Course

Simplifying Excursion Planning, a NESA accredited standards course qualifying NSW teachers for 5 hours professional development. 

Improve teacher knowledge and practice in running school excursions and camps which meet the school and system priorities. Covering professional learning standards 6.2.2 and 6.3.2.

Teachers engage in a high quality, targeted opportunity to examine theory and put it into practice in the Gold Rush Colony's unique multifaceted school excursion and camp venue.

9.30am to 4.30pm (includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea). 
Special offer for on-site accommodation.

Full Day | $200 per person (min 10 people)

Bush Dance & Music

Team building, working, dancing and singing as they would have in an Australian 1850s rural mining communities.

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Campfire Sing-a-long

Rob Wombey leads students into the world of traditional Australian and Irish Ballads. Sitting around a campfire after dinner in the Australian bush and joining in to sing is a strong part of our heritage.

The dancing flames of the campfire would have united the 1850s miners as they shared songs from their homelands and created new ones that reflected their new lives and experiences in the colony.

1.5-2hrs | from $10 per person

Australian Bushdancing Gold Rush Tavern

Traditional Bush Dance

The Gold Rush Colony's tavern comes to life when the fiddle, banjo and accordion start to play. Feet tap, hands clap and dancers twirl to traditional tunes as the band plays and calls the steps. 

The 1850s miners often faced isolation and this sort of get together was a social highlight where everybody could participate. Many travelled for many miles to take part - often walking in from their gold mining sites to their closest town.

2hrs | from $12 per person (min 40 students)

Team building community bush dance preparation

Bush Dance Preparation

Students learn the importance of working together as a team to
decorate the hall for the traditional bush dance. This is a confidence
building team exercise that will give students a sense of ownership.

In early period life the community would come from far and wide to
decorate the hall and would have been looking forward to this event for months to catch up with relatives, friends and meet new people. 

1hr | from $8 per person

Local Aboriginal Experiences

Learn about the local Mogo Koori Culture with activities led by Rod Slockee, the Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer, elder, master guide, historian and educator. 

Australian Indigenous Dreamtime Stories

Koori Dreamtime Stories

An insight into Australian Aboriginal Culture with enthralling dreamtime stories told around the campfire at night.

During the day Koori Cultural Stories include boomerang throwing lessons.

Haunting didgeridoo music and traditional dance may be involved to further enliven the stories.

Students may be involved or just listen to the local Mogo Aboriginal cultural stories. 

1hr | from $10 per person

Australian Aboriginal bush tucker gathering

Bush Tucker Walk

The Gold Rush Colony has a "Bush Tucker" garden where Aboriginal usage of plants is demonstrated and explained by a local Koori Elder as part of the Koorie Culture educational programs.

The native Australian plants primarily provided an important source of food and medicines, but had many other uses as well.

1hr | from $10 per person

Koori Art Schools Activity Mogo NSW

Koori Art & Dot Painting

Students explore Australia’s own traditional art forms and find out the meaning of the colours, dots and shapes while expanding their creative skills.

Koori dot painting is lead by one of the local elder ladies from the South Coast and the students take home their own individual dot art rocks.

Koori banner design is lead by another Koori leader and a single Koori art banner is designed and created by the students as a team and taken back to school.

1hr | from $10 per person

Schools Activity Aboriginal bark gunya building

Traditional Gunya Building

Students work as a team first collecting sticks, burrawang leaves and vines from the Mogo State forest and then, using the stringy bark supplied, they build a traditional Aboriginal dwelling/shelter - the bark gunya. 

This is a great team building opportunity and students can compare the resulting gunyas to see which team created the most authentic and stable building. 

1hr | from $10 per person

Off-site Activities

Mogo is ideally located on the NSW South Coast providing opportunities for your school to combine activities on the Batemans Bay, Sydney and Canberra ACT loop.

These are some of the activities that can be incorporated as part of your school excursion or school camp package.

Mogo Zoo white lion

World Renowned Mogo Zoo

Mogo Zoo is only 2km from the Gold Rush Colony so why not add this to your school's adventure.

This is the perfect way to end your trip by learning about the zoo's endangered species breeding programme and visit some unique animals.

2hrs+ | from $14.50 per person

Dolphin watch cruise Jervis Bay NSW Australia

Dolphin Watch Cruises

Break the bus trip and enjoy the educational cruise for school groups in Jervis Bay, Shoalhaven region of NSW.

The focus is on ocean wildlife ecology, especially the 80-100 resident bottlenose dolphins and the natural and cultural heritage of Jervis Bay Marine Park which is an Australian government marine protected area. 

1.5hrs | from $15.50 per person

Surfing Lessons School Camp activity NSW

Surf | Kayak | Snorkel

The NSW South Coast region offers a range of active water sports. An example activity for schools that can be included in your overall package is:

Surfing Lesson with Surf The Bay Surf School:
2 hour mid-morning surf lesson, BBQ lunch, all wetsuits and boards provided.
Also a DVD of all the day’s action. Accompanying staff surf/eat free.

Discuss your activity needs with the Gold Rush Colony schools coordinator as water sports are subject to availability and must be booked early.

2hr | from $30 per person

Australian History Granite Town Moruya NSW

History Walk - Broulee Island & Granite Town

Experienced tour guide Corey Peterson leads this walk and presents the story of the early shipping industry of Australia. Discover what the port town of Broulee was like before the discovery of gold in NSW and why most of the buildings were then relocated to Moruya. Learn how Broulee Island was formed.

The granite mining of the 1800s was an important industry for the region and the blocks were sent to Sydney for buildings that remain solid today and later, for the pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You will discover Granite Town in Moruya.

 Weather dependent activity. The school coach needs to be available on-site. 

from $18 per person

School excursions Australian History Parliament House Canberra

Other Activities

Other educational activities can be included depending on your School group's needs, available time and route.

Example off site add-ons for the Batemans Bay, Canberra & Sydney loop:
 - Australia’s Museum of Flight, Nowra NSW
 - Parliament House, Canberra ACT
 - Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

per customisation and quotation

Excursions & Camps

Activities are packaged in the School day trips & camps.


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The Original Gold Rush Colony & South Coast Accommodation

26 James St,
Mogo, NSW Australia 2536

(Cnr Annett St. 200 meters from Highway between Batemans Bay & Moruya.)

Phone:  02 4474 2123

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1850s Gold Rush living history, Indigenous Australian culture. School  tours, excursions and school camps with on-site accommodation, catering and educational activities. Eurobodalla, South Coast NSW