There’s plenty to keep you busy in Mogo for a long weekend or even a family holiday. Batemans Bay is less than 10 minutes away by car. We’re close to pristine beaches, wilderness and national parks. Here are some of Mogo’s attractions, to get you started.
Mogo started life as a gold mining town during the 1850’s.
The discovery of gold in Cabbage Tree Creek in 1857 sparked Mogo’s gold rush. Overnight, 200 diggers appeared on the scene and a new town was born. At its peak Mogo had several hotels and churches, a host of shops and a public school.
The diggings were mainly alluvial. Mogo gold was of the best quality and rated as high as 22 carats. A 21-ounce nugget was the largest ever recorded at Old Mogo Creek. However the boom didn’t last long and Mogo gradually declined, becoming a sleepy backwater.
In the late 1980’s Mogo became home to a small group of craftspeople and artists and this started Mogo’s second “rush”. Mogo grew rapidly with the influx of many more craftspeople together with antique shops, coffee shops and other attractions.
The old-time atmosphere of Mogo was maintained, with new buildings being built to complement the surviving miner’s cottages. The atmosphere was enhanced by potteries, galleries and other craft shops that brought a rich cultural feel to Mogo.