The Big Rocking Horse | A South Australian Icon

My little family of three spent a lovely morning yesterday at The Big Rocking Horse at Gumeracha, nestled in the Adelaide Hills, about a 40 minute drive from the city. We had such a beautiful day, and there was so much to do. It really was a perfect outing for our (almost) two year old!

Here's a summary of what we got up to...

Young children can really only go to the first platform safely. To get to the very top you need to climb a few steep ladders - older children would manage though.

Little Miss M had a 'ride' or rather sat on the mini rocking horse while watching her dad climb to the top of the big rocking horse!

We had a great late breakfast / early lunch at the cafe. Food was great & coffee was great (great kids menu too). Little Miss M loved the cute little kids play area and a fairy bread treat.

Then off to look around the toy shop (all the toys are handmade on site at the toy factory). I absolutely love wooden toys, I think they are beautiful. I couldn't help but buy a little something to put away from M's 2nd birthday coming up in two weeks!

Last stop was the Animal Park which was awesome. Kangaroos, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, geese, cockatoos, galahs, sheep and more. Very gentle to feed and only $2 for a bag of food. A nice, relaxed way to see some animals up close!

Finally, there's a fantastic kids outdoor play area!

Now I should mention that we visited on a weekday, the weather was beautiful (after a 40 degree weekend), and it wasn't too busy at all. I imagine that on weekends, it would get rather busy, but the cafe has plenty of tables indoor and out.

Here's the details you might like to know;

Rocking Horse Entry - $2 
Animal Park Entry - $1 (and $2 for a bag of food)
Open 7 days 9am - 5pm
Phone: 83891085
Follow the signs once you arrive in the town of Gumeracha - you can't miss it!
{not a sponsored post - just wanted to share our lovely day out!}

Thank you to the staff for their kind hospitality.
If you haven't been here yet with your little one - do it!



  1. Wow! That rocking horse looks amazing. My girls would love that. They would go wild in that toy store too. Those wooden prams are just adorable. I'm glad you all had a great time. #teamIBOT

    1. Thanks for visiting Renee - I do love the Tuesday's when I'm organised enough with my blog to have something ready to publish for IBOT. If you're ever in Adelaide you should check it out :)

  2. I love visiting the rocking horse. We haven't been for years. Maybe next time we get a few days in Adelaide we will go, although mostly our visits there have been flying.

    1. Why hello there Jess - thanks for the comment. It is a long drive from Pt Lincoln to Adelaide isn't it? You could always hop on a tour bus? :)

  3. A true childhood favourite for us Adelaidians :D

    1. Absolutely Kylie! So glad we took our little girl there! :)


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