Gumeracha Toy Factory, Adelaide
Took a day-tour into the Barossa Valley via Prime Mini Tours. It was A$48 each circa 2001.
The tour took out us through scenic views of the Torren Gorge, as well as a drop by Angus Park Dried Fruits to allow folks to load up on dried fruit (duh), nuts and chocolates.
Next stop - Australia's increasingly American obsession with things BIG (Compensating for what?): The Big Rocking Horse! I remembered as we drove round a bend in the road, the sun was momentarily obscured and there it was, a BIG rocking horse of a chair! It was, and still IS, the world's largest rocking horse. I was both amused and dumbfounded. Amused that heck, there it was. Dumbfounded cos' I still couldn't figure it out why would anyone want to build such a thing except to plague generations of Internet users with pictures of a large rocking horse, and me contributing one more to the collection? The darnest thing is....the rocking horse does not really rock (shucks!).
The place is actually a toy factory, so there are plenty of toys made from wood around for kids to pester their parents to buy. Anyway, it was a good stop to stretch some legs, grab some coffee at the cafe and pay for some rocking horse souvenirs for sis.
Directions: Address: The Toy Factory, Gumeracha, South Australia 5233.
Open 9 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week.
Tel: 61 (08) 83891085
The Giant Rocking Horse is just an interesting place to see....as the horse is very large (Australia is very well known for it's large man made monuments - for example the Big Pineapple in Qld, the Giant Koala in Victoria, the Giant Lobster in South Australia...and the list goes on).
Besides climbing the horse and having a good view out, you can also go through the adjoining toy workshop/giftshop selling wooden locally made goods and other souvenirs. The kids will enjoy this one.
Directions: At the town of Gumeracha in the Adelaide Hills
See a real factory of wooden toys. If you can resist buying, well, it is because you don't like toys...
You can climb the 18m high toyhose at the entrance.
Address: Gumeracha, in the hills behind Adelaide