The Original Gold Rush Colony
The Original Gold Rush Colony faithfully re-creates Mogo as it was believed to be in the heady Gold Rush days of the 1850's. You can pan for real gold as you experience the living conditions of the miners and early settlers. You get a real feel of just how much things have changed.
Preserving History and Culture:
The Original Gold Rush Colony specialises in preserving and promoting Australian History, both of the Australian Aboriginal traditional heritage and culture and of the new Australians who have immigrated to Australia over the years.
Memorabilia, buildings, artifacts and stories of the early Australian Gold Rush days of the 1850s are preserved with loving care and attention to detail, both physically and in oral presentation and tradition to provide visitors with an insight and understanding of the impact the gold rush had on Australian history. The range of authentic historical and gold rush theme experiences for group activities are tailored to suit holiday visitors, school excursions, school camps and special interest groups of all ages.
Prior to European settlement several Aboriginal groups - the Walbanga, Murrinjari and Bergalia tribes - all part of the Yuin language group - lived in the area. Mogo remains as a centre for the Aboriginal population of the area. Mogo was established during the Gold Rush after a gold find was reported in 1851. After the boom the town survived as a sleepy highway town, and during the 1990s was revitalised with the growth in regional tourism.