Project: Adventure trail hub planning for Mogo and surrounds.
Funding: The project will be built using a $5 million grant from the NSW and Australian governments’ Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund and a $3 million grant from the NSW Government’s Growing Local Economies fund.
Timeframe: April 2019 - June 2023
Last updated: September 2021
The Mogo Adventure Trail Hub Masterplan aims to realise the potential of adventure trail tourism in the region, and establish the Mogo area as a premier adventure trail destination.
Eurobodalla is renowned for its unspoilt natural environment and the region has an endless number of trails that weave through bushland, creeks, wetlands and rainforests. These informal trails offer significant potential in further developing adventure trail tourism in the region, and this has been further highlighted by trail event organisers commenting on the untapped potential in Eurobodalla.
- Rocky Trail Destination (RTD) and Next Level Mountain Bike are working with Forestry Corporation and Council to narrow down the trail corridors. The construction team will start walking the proposed corridors this month to assess the landscape for the final track alignment.
- Council and Forestry will soon review the final design, which will then be used to progress environmental and cultural approvals. Ongoing trail refinement will continue until we’re ready to break ground – we’re aiming to get started on construction in March.
- Meanwhile, Next Level Mountain bike has been busy planning its work crews and procuring equipment to get ready for the trails construction and machinery is set to arrive in Mogo in the new year.
- Council has awarded the detailed design, construction and maintenance contract for the Mogo Trails to Rocky Trail Destination and Next Level Mountain Bike.
- The brand name Mogo Trails has been adopted.
- Council was successful in attracting $5 million under Stage Two of the joint NSW and Australian Governments’ Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund. This new funding allows us to not only complete the 150 kilometres of trails, but also means we can extend the project on the south side of Mogo and add amenities. Read more
- The Masterplan was adopted at the ordinary Council meeting on 8 December 2020.
- Mogo Adventure Trails Hub Masterplan - part 1 (4.8 MB)
- Mogo Adventure Trails Hub Masterplan - part 2 (8.9 MB)
- Mogo Adventure Trail Hub project awarded $3 million NSW Government funding through the Growing Local Economies Fund.
- Council endorsed the draft Mogo Adventure Trails Hub Masterplan for public exhibition.
- The draft masterplan was on exhibition for community feedback from Thursday 10 September to Monday 19 October 2020.
- We have appointed specialist consultants Dirt Art to begin preparing the masterplan.
- A draft Strategy has been prepared and Councillors were briefed on Tuesday 20 August 2019.
- Council engaged specialist consultants TRC Tourism to begin preparing the strategy.
- Council and TRC Tourism facilitated two stakeholder workshops at the Moruya Golf Club. The workshops were aimed at understanding the issues and opportunities of a trail hub surrounding Mogo and attracted a diverse range of trails users and key stakeholders.
Nature-based tourism, of which adventure trail experiences are an essential part, is a rapidly growing industry throughout NSW. The Eurobodalla Destination Action Plan illustrates that for the year ending September 2017, NSW received nearly 28.3 million international and domestic overnight nature-based visitors who spent almost 129 million nights in NSW. Therefore, nature-based visitors accounted for 84% of international visitors to NSW, 37% of domestic overnight visitors and 23% of day trip visitors.
As Eurobodalla is renowned for its expansive areas of unspoilt nature, nature-based tourism and adventure trail experiences offer an increased opportunity for tourists and locals alike to immerse themselves in nature.
Establishing Mogo as a premier adventure trail centre will have an economic benefit, including:
- increase in tourism-related business opportunities, particularly in off peak times
- increase in overnight stays
- improved reputation for Mogo (and the Eurobodalla) as a tourist destination with many diverse experiences.
For more information about the Mogo Adventure Trail Hub Strategy, please contact Council's Tourism and Planning Officer, Felicity Richards, on:
- T: 02 4474 1020
- E: Felicity Richards