Mogo (postcode: 2536) is a small heritage town in the South Coast region of the state of New South Wales, Australia. Mogo is administered by the Eurobodalla Shire council. The town is located on the Princes Highway (Highway 1), south of Batemans Bay and north of Moruya. At the 2006 census, Mogo had a population of 257 people.
Mogo was established during the Gold Rush after a gold find was reported in 1851. Bimbimbie, the last gold mine in the Mogo area, closed in 1984 with the floating of the Australian Dollar. The town survived as a sleepy highway town, and during the 1990s was revitalised with the growth in regional tourism. Mogo is now home to a variety of tourist-centric stores including cafes, art galleries, potters, and furniture stores. Mogo is also a centre for the Aboriginal population of the area.
Mogo is home to the Mogo Zoo, a private zoo specializing in breeding programs for endangered species. Although small in comparison to metropolitan zoos, Mogo zoo is home to many exotic species, such as the Red Panda and the Snow Leopard, the latter of which was successfully bred at Mogo zoo in 1999. Mogo zoo also participates in programs with other Australian zoos, and its collection of animals changes regularly.
Mogo has a small public primary school, Mogo Public School, that serves Mogo's sparsely-populated surroundings. It has around 70 enrolled students, who usually continue their public secondary education at Batemans Bay High School or Moruya High School, or in the private secondary schools of Carroll College and St.Peters Anglican College, both at nearby Broulee.
Home to a vibrant art community, Mogo has established itself as one of the major centers of local art and craftwork, and has more art galleries than any of the surrounding (larger) towns of Batemans Bay and Moruya, with people travelling from as far as Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory, as well as other parts of regional NSW and interstate to regularly view and purchase art and crafts.
Note: To gain an insight into what has made the Historic Mogo Village on the Princes Hwy what it is today (a popular Tourism Town) - Reference should be made about the efforts put in by many local people, to the establishment in 1991 of the re-creation 1850s Gold Rush Town, located 200 meters behind the Mogo Village on the Hwy.
Established as Old Mogo Town in 1991 and purchased by the current owners in 1999, Old Mogo Town has developed into an award-winning, major tourism attraction, educational, historical and cultural centre. It is a popular add-on tour spot for day trips and school excursions made to the Mogo Zoo.
Old Mogo Town changed its name to The Original Gold Rush Colony, in 2010, to better depict the expansions made with the added facilities for School Camps and tailored educational history and cultural Tours and Excursions.
The opening of the Mogo Maze in the grounds of The Original Gold Rush Colony in 2012 has further contributed to Mogo as a tourism destination and was government funded and supported by Destination NSW, under the Regional Tourism Product Development Funding Program.