Standing at over 18 metres tall, The Big Rocking Horse is one of Australia’s iconic Big Things and is the most prominent part of a roadside attraction that includes a toy factory, wildlife park and inviting cafe. The Big Rocking Horse was created in 1981 to attract the attention of passing motorists, which it excels at thanks to its impressive size and three viewing platforms at the head, saddle and the rocker bows.
After visiting The Big Rocking Horse, check out the nearby Wildlife Park, where you can feed a range of native animals and birds, including peacocks, kangaroos, wallabies and emus. Don’t forget about the Wooden Toy Factory, which has been making toys for over 40 years. You can take a guided tour through the factory to see the machines and workers while learning about the toy-making process.
Finish your visit with a light bite and refreshing drink at the on-site cafe, which serves all-day breakfast, burgers, salads and a kids’ menu. You can also enjoy your own food at the peaceful picnic area.
Getting around National Motor Museum
The Big Rocking Horse is just off Torrens Valley Road, about one minute from the town of Gumeracha and 45 minutes from Adelaide. If you’re visiting from out of state, you can fly into Adelaide Airport.