Heading by car from Oakbank towards Woodside, I happened to notice this Horse and cart made out of scraps. I thought they were really good, and funny, worth a photo for sure!
Somebody is very handy and has a good imagination!
Located just outside of Oakbank.
How Oakbank became a Steeplechase course
One day, when on examining the track, they found a large Gum tree had fallen across the course, so rather than removing it, they made it a steeplechase track, and this tree log became the "fallen log Jump," the symbol of the Oakbank races.
In latter years it has rotted away and has had to be replaced. The steeplechase hurdles are not as high as ones I have seen in England.
If you wish to see the fallen log, then take a drive along Shillabeer Road, and you will find it on the RH side of the road. Stop and have a look at the racecourse from here, the view is wonderful.
The Oakbank Races are held every Easter Saturday and Sunday.
Oakbank is well known in South Australia because of its Easter Horse Racing Carnival.
Racing here began in the 1860's, and in 1875, the Onkaparinga racing club was formed.
I have on many occasions been amongst the 100,000 + people that attend the two Race days, Easter Saturday, and Easter Monday.
The club used to hold only two meetings a year, but now they have a meeting on St. Patricks Day which has plenty of Irish entertainment as well as the Racing. A week before Christmas, they hold a twilight meeting "Christmas in the HIlls."
There are Stands to sit in, and on the "Flat" are Bookies, Tote, and Side shows including a Ferris wheel.
Even if you are not a race goer, Oakbank is an Easter tradition for many families, its like a Carnival, with racing thrown in!
People arrive very early in the day for champagne breakfast and to park their car in the best possible position. Tables and chairs are set up, the champagne cork is popped, smells of Bacon & eggs waft accross the course, announcing the beginning of another wonderful day at the picnic races.
Families come back year after year.
Buses galore ferry people from Adelaide to the track, which is situated about a half hour from the city. Tours are also available.
Whether you win or lose, it is the atmosphere that is different to at other race courses, and I think that this makes it a much more enjoyable day's outing.
Oakbank doesn't have a sports ground, this is located at Balhannah. On a Saturday afternoon, go to one of the senior's football matches to have a good time. These are different to the league games, as most people know a lot of the players and each other.
The cars pull up alongside the oval and people sit on the car bonnets to watch the match. Expect plenty of noise from car hooters when a team scores a goal.
A good way to spend an afternoon, and to meet the locals.
Location....Balhannah Oval, 1 mile from Oakbank