The original Gold Rush Colony is sadly no longer with us due to the devastating bushfires that ripped through the town of Mogo at the end of 2019. Thankfull, the beautiful town of Mogo has survived and has bounced back. There are some wonderful and interesting things to see and do in Mogo, and if you are in the region you really should try to drop into this lovely township and support it’s people and businesses.
The town of Mogo was founded in 1851, and is located 287km south of Sydney (about 4 hours drive). Here are just a few of our favourites things that we love about Mogo, and why we think it’s well worth a visit if you’re staying or travelling through the South Coast of NSW. Mogo has alot of things to offer tourists, and is perfect for a day trip if you’re staying in the region for couples, families, or even a group of friends. Take a look for yourself …
Mogo Wildlife Park
Mogo Wildlife Park is an award-winning privately owned zoo which is situated about a 10 minute drive from Batemans Bay.
Set within 81 acres of dense, rural bushland, the zoo features Australia’s largest collection of exotic animals.
Dedicated to the conservation of endangered species, they provide a safe haven for over 200 animals across 47 rare and exotic species. These include Snow Leopards, Gorillas, Sumatran Tigers, Cheetahs, Giraffe and Zebra.
Specialising in interactive animal encounters, the wildlife park offers you the chance to feed the likes of white lions and tigers, as well as have up-close-and-personal encounters with the likes of Meerkats and Red Pandas.
Address: 222 Tomakin Rd, Mogo NSW 2536
Lots of Lollies
An institution in town, Lots of Lollies has been satisfying the sweet tooth of locals and visitors alike since 1995.
Located at the Batemans Bay end of the Mogo Village, this Mogo Lolly Shop offers over 500 different varieties of lollies sourced from all over the world, including some of your childhood favourites you probably haven’t had for years.
They also serve a delicious range of homemade ice cream and over 40 flavours of fudge which they make locally.
Beautifully set up to appeal to all of your senses and radiating a real feelgood factor, it is a must visit attraction for any visitor to the area.
Address: 44 Princes Hwy, Mogo NSW 2536
Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens
Located just 5km from Bateman’s Bay, The Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden showcases spectacular display gardens, as well as stunning water features and even a sensory garden.
A lovely spot for families, schools and community groups wanting to enjoy the region’s unique and beautiful bush environment, the gardens features two major collections.
The Living Plant Collection, which is made up of regional plant species found across numerous ecosystems, and the Herbarium Collection. A heritage listed collection of over 14,000 dried plant specimens that have been collected over a 30 year period.
Suffering notable damage in the most recent bushfires the botanic garden is slowly fighting back. Which is all the more reason to go visit it and offer your support.
Address: Deep Creek Dam Rd, Batemans Bay NSW 2536
Mogo has an eclectic range of shops to peruse.
This includes a fabulous collection of arts, crafts, homewares and collectibles, clothing and other store selling specialty items.
One of the establishments you might find most interesting is Gypsy’s of Mogo. They offer ornate decorative pieces for your home, that include lamps, giftware, soft furnishings and wall art.
Hidden Treasures is another great shop that is notable for its mosaic bowls, wall art, furniture, beautiful lamps, water features and garden sculptures. While Juela Mogo is an excellent jewellery studio that makes custom handmade pieces.
If you are looking for a place to eat, some of the best food in town can be found at the Courtyard Café.
Enjoying a beautiful outdoor setting with a centrepiece fountain, as well as a pleasant air conditioned indoor space, the Courtyard Cafe offers an excellent place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre.
Offering a casual dining menu of Australian favourites, the cafe is known for its excellent food, great coffee and exceptional service.
Hearty fare like toasted foccacias, fresh sandwiches, frittatas and gourmet pies and sausage rolls will more than satisfy you.
While their giant chessboard can entertain you, before or after you have eaten your food.
Address: 44 Princes Hwy, Mogo NSW 2536
If you’re heading to the South Coast of NSW, then we recommend that you put Mogo on your list of Must See places to visit in the region.
Here are some additional resources that will help plan your trip to Mogo and the Eurobodalla shire: