The Big Rockinghorse

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The Big Rockinghorse in Gumeracha was even better than in my memories. This small town in the Adelaide Hills houses an enormous Rockinghorse, built from 25 tonnes of wood anchored into 80 tonnes of concrete. It is more than 18 metres tall and 10 metres long, with three observation platforms built into it. As a nice touch they have the model rockinghorse set out in front of it, so you can see the attention to detail they went to. On this trip we had seen many Big Things. The Big Marino, the Big Dunlop Tyre, the Big Orange, the Big Ram and now the Big Rockinghorse. The Big Rockinghorse was easily the best in our opinion (although the Big Ram is also quite good). And it is not just us, recently judged the best Big Things and ranked them:

9. The Big Gumboot, Tully QLD
8. The Big Easel, Emerald, QLD
7. The Big Ned Kelly, Glenrowan, VIC
6. The Big Merino, Goulbourn, NSW
5. The Big Earthword, Bass, VIC
4. The Big Buffalo, Adelaide River, NT
3. The Big Pineapple, Nambour, QLD
2. The Big Banana, Coffs Harbour, NSW
and best of all...
1. The Big Rockinghorse, Gumeracha, SA

The Big Rockinghorse was built by the toy factory to stir up business, and they got some from us - we loved the wooden toys they carved so much that we bought a bunch for the nieces and nephews we would see soon in Adelaide.
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