Adelaide Hills

Gumeracha’s iconic Big Rocking Horse undergoes transformation

The iconic Big Rocking Horse has received a face-lift, thanks to the great Gumeracha community.

Image credit: Adelaide Hills Council

Gumeracha’s iconic Big Rocking Horse has received a much need face-lift for the first time in over four decades.

Snyders Painting, a local company, spearheaded the initiative to refresh the horse’s appearance, generously offering their time to undertake the task and coordinate the necessary paint supplies.

Completing the repainting process required approximately 10 days and over 220 litres of paint, comprising 140 litres of white paint, 20 litres each of red and black paint, and 40 litres of anti-corrosion coating—all graciously provided by Haymes Paint.

Mell Penno, the owner of the Big Rocking Horse, is thrilled by the overwhelming support from the community towards this beloved icon.

“The project would have cost $100,000 to complete, we are truly humbled and grateful at the generosity of the local suppliers and volunteers for their support.”

Only a 40-minute drive from the heart of the CBD, the Big Rocking Horse weighs in over 25 tonnes and towers over 18 meters tall, the Big Rocking Horse is among Australia’s “Big Things,” strategically crafted to catch the eye of motorists passing by. It forms part of a larger complex encompassing a wooden toy factory, wildlife park, and café.

The Big Rocking Horse has also made the Guinness Book of Records as of course, the world’s biggest rocking horse, how fitting!

Those brave enough to climb to the top will receive a certificate of completion as they take in the breathtaking view from the Horse’s head.

You can access the initial viewing platform via steps. However, to reach the next platform and the summit of the head, you’ll need to ascend a series of steel ladders.

If you are in need of something to do this weekend, why not head along and check out the paint job for yourself!

Big Rocking Horse
Where: 452 Torrens Valley Rd, Gumeracha SA 5233
When: Open 9am – 5pm 7 days a week
Price: $2 to climb, certificate of completion is $1 with all proceeds going towards park upgrades.

For more info, click here

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