An excellent zoo, top mountainbiking and colonial gold rush heritage are a few reasons to visit this charming village in the Eurobodalla region. Located a short drive southwest of Batemans Bay and north of Moruya on the NSW South Coast, Mogo also buzzes with a thriving arts scene.
Gold fever struck Mogo in 1857 when the precious metal was discovered at nearby Cabbage Tree Creek, sparking a rush of fossickers to the area. Experience what it was like during the gold rush at the award-winning Original Gold Rush Colony, which recreates the 19th century goldmining village of Mogo.
Try your luck panning for gold and explore a gold mine at this fascinating museum. You’ll see goldmining equipment such as a working stamp battery and rock crusher. Plus there are guided tours, a gift shop and accommodation. In the surrounding Mogo State Forest, discover a 14km mountainbike track.
Nearby is Mogo Zoo, home to hundreds of animals including Rothschild’s giraffe, Sumatran tigers, snow leopards, African lions and western lowland gorillas. Make note of feeding times and keeper talks. You can also get up close to rhinoceros, meerkats, red pandas, monkeys and lions on private animal encounters.
Mogo is home to many artists and you’ll find local galleries and shops selling artworks, handmade jewellery, pottery, antiques and homewares. Visit Amanda’s of Mogos for art supplies and craft workshops, the Ken Taber Art Studio with its beautiful water garden, and the eclectic Mogo Painting & Pottery Gallery housed in an historic church.
Mogo is a four-hour drive from Sydney and just over two hours from Canberra. You can also fly to Moruya Airport and hire a car for the short drive north. There are plenty of places to stay in the surrounding Eurobodalla region including hotels, resorts, houses and holiday parks.