Our mission is to find the best family and pet-friendly destinations in Australia, and when we arrived at the Mogo Gold Rush Colony we knew we’d hit pay dirt!
We were on the road from Sydney to Melbourne, a trip we’ve done a few times before but always inland (you can read our inland Sydney to Melbourne itinerary here).
This trip we had more time on our hands so we chose to drive along the coast, and what a stunning part of Australia. So many beautiful beaches, friendly towns, tourist attractions and things to do. One of our highlights of the road trip was a visit to The Original Gold Rush Colony in the delightfully named town of Mogo, in the NSW South Coast region.
The Mogo Gold Rush Colony is an authentic recreation a gold rush village of the 1850s. We were greeted at the entrance by the lovely Janeena, who welcomed us and gave us a map and info on what to do during our visit. Our timing was perfect as we had arrived just before the guided tour was about to start. There are 4 tours daily which run for about an hour, every day of the year except Christmas day and include a demonstration and lesson on how to pan for your own gold.
Our guide for the day was Anna, and we were so grateful that not only were there other little kids on our tour but Anna recognised the little people right from the start and tailored our tour to their needs. She made it interesting for the adults, while keeping the kids laughing and happy the whole time.
We started the tour with gold panning, which we all got to try our hand at after been shown the tips and tricks. We were all given a small vial to store our gold in, you get to take home everything you find. The boys were also given their own prospecting license which they are so proud of!
We were guided through the colony and learned what it was like to be one of the goldrush pioneers. A highlight was seeing the ancient machinery in action, and walking through the old mining tunnel. After the tour we had loads of time to walk back through the village and explore in our own time too.
One of my favourite things about The Original Gold Rush Colony is that it is 100% pet friendly. Bobby was welcomed as warmly as the kids, and had access all areas to explore with us.
On the day we visited it was overcast and drizzly, but the rain didn’t stop the fun and there was enough to do undercover to make it still worth the visit. In the breaks in the clouds we spent time playing old fashioned games on the grass and following the native ducks and peacocks around the paths.
Entry to the colony also included a token to enter the Mogo maze. The theme of the maze is the Eureka Rebellion of 1854 on the Victorian Goldfields, and the walls look like the stockade built by Peter Lalor and the miners.
We stayed for the day, but if you’re looking for pet-friendly accommodation on the NSW South Coast you can also stay overnight in their cabins. The self-catering cabins are nestled in the Mogo State Forest which surrounds the colony, there is even a swimming pool to cool down in the Summer months.
For all the highlights of our day visit, you can watch our video below
The Orignal Gold Rush Colony, formerly known as Old Mogo Town, is located just 10 minutes from Batemans Bay. If you’re looking for other things to do in Batemans Bay take a drive an hour north to the village of Bendalong, where the kids can swim with manta rays in the sparkling waters of Washerwoman’s Beach. Check out our Facebook post for full details – this beach is dog-friendly too.
You can visit their website for more information on The Original Gold Rush Colony, Mogo accommodation, opening hours and latest prices.
We were guests of The Original Gold Rush Colony for the purpose of this review, but all thoughts, opinions and photos are original.