As one of the towns hardest hit by the South Coast bushfires in December 2019, the region’s rapid recovery has been nothing short of inspiring.
Mogo’s beautiful green pastures have begun to regenerate and many of the town’s businesses have already reopened. Plans are also underway to start rebuilding structures that were completely devastated by fire.
The town has retained every bit of its heritage look and feel, reminiscent of its early beginnings during the 1850s gold rush after the land was found to contain gold. Many shops, churches and hotels were established to accommodate the hundreds of hopeful gold diggers who ventured to the area during that time.
These days, Mogo has a close-knit population of approximately 350 people who live around the town’s eclectic village.
Located less than 10 minutes drive from the beaches and township of Batemans Bay and a range of beaches, Mogo is a must-see part of the South Coast and the perfect place to spend a great day out.
Here are three magical experiences you must try in Mogo next time you’re down this way…
Play with the animals at Mogo Wildlife Park
Formerly known as Mofo Zoo, Mogo Wildlife Park has been a fun favourite for locals and tourist for decades.
After closing for several months due to the fires, the park has since re-opened and offers the same memorable experience it has since 1989.
Come face to face with gorillas and white rhinos, feed a big cat or giraffe, and play with meerkats and monkeys. Explore and learn about all types of wildlife, and make a day of it with lunch at the Tumbili Terrace Café. Book an Animal Encounter to take your visit to the next level!
Mogo Wildlife Park is located on Tomakin Road and is open 7 days a week.
Take a walk through Mogo Village
Mogo Village is home to many fine specialty stores and cafes overflowing with arts and crafts, gifts, jewellery, homewares, coffee and local produce.
Art-lovers won’t want to miss The Gallery which has a variety of original artworks from local creatives including paintings, sculptures, jewellery, and accessories. Another great place to find handmade jewellery is Juela Mogo – a studio set in a rustic 1860’s settlers’ cottage, with one-of-a-kind, stunning pieces.
For vintage retro and antiques don’t miss Revamp Reuse and Upcycle, or Hidden Treasures for distinctive pieces such as lamps, jumpers, ponchos, decorative bowls, housewares and more.
When you’re in the mood for a nibble, stop by Grumpy and Sweethearts for delicious coffee and fresh healthy food in a charming garden setting. If you fancy something a little toasty, walk a few doors down to Mogo Pies for a homemade pie or croissant, or a tasty pastry.
Also on the Princes Highway is Mogo Shops – a collection of stores which operate together to offer visitors a unique shopping and dining experience. Browse In and Out for kitchen gadgets and cookware, and The Middle of Mogo for a huge range of gifts including Australiana souvenirs, hats, handbags, games, toys, lollies and more. When you’re done browsing, head to The Courtyard Café for lunch and sit in the peaceful outdoor eatery while you enjoy a focaccia, sandwich, pie, crepe, or slice of cake.
Indulge your sweet tooth
Mogo Village is also home to Mogo’s famous sweetshops – Lots of Lollies and Mogo Fudge.
Indulge in more than 40 flavours of mouth-watering fudge such as Bailey’s Irish Cream, Chocolate Mint Swirl, Cappuccino, Chocolate Rum Raisin, Vanilla Caramel Swirl, and Cookies and Cream.
Get back in touch with your inner child as you explore Lots of Lollies and their vast assortment of hard and soft candies, chocolate, honeycomb, homemade ice cream, sauces, mustards, gift packs, and much more.
You’ll find yourself planning another trip to Mogo just to re-stock your secret sweet stash when you return home and find you’ve already run out!
Looking for a place to stay near Mogo? Check out Barlings Beach Holiday Park, Tomago River Holiday Park, and many other friendly South Coast accommodation providers.