The Big Rocking Horse, Toy Factory & Wildlife Park | Gumeracha

January 13, 2023

The Big Rocking Horse, Toy Factory & Wildlife Park at Gumeracha

Situated in the pretty town of Gumeracha in the Adelaide Hills and only 40 minutes from Adelaide you will find Australia’s number one ‘Big Aussie Icon’ The Big Rocking Horse, as judged by  Standing out for all to see in red and white, this is the World’s Biggest Rocking Horse! And yes, you can climb this Australian icon and receive a certificate of achievement once you climb back down. 

The Big Rocking Horse and the Toy Factory are both found here, along with a lovely Wildlife Park, Cafe and Picnic Area.  A venue for the entire family to enjoy, a visit to The Toy Factory is a fun, educational and rewarding experience.


The Big Rocking Horse animals

Wildlife Park

The Wildlife Park is a delightful attraction allowing children to get right up close to a range of animals and birds.  There’s over 7 acres of wildlife park containing a variety of native animals such as kangaroos, wallabies and emus.

You will also find some farm animals such as goats, alpacas and sheep.  The ponds too are teeming with native and domestic ducks and geese. There are a few beautiful peacocks roaming around, and if you are lucky enough to find one of their feathers you can either purchase it at the front desk for $4.00, or hand it in. A path meanders through the park making it easy to stroll amongst the animals and admire the native flora and fauna.


Entry is $4.00 to the wildlife park and be sure to buy some animal food on the way in (sold in the shop) so the kids can hand feed the animals. The bags of food can be purchased for $2.00 each.

Licensed Cafe

Once you start to get hungry yourself there are a couple of options.  You can bring along a prepared hamper from home and enjoy a picnic in their lovely shady picnic area or enjoy a meal in the Licensed Café.  Open for breakfast and lunch, they offer a variety of meals, snacks and drinks with a children’s menu available. There is also a great area for kids to play in while they wait for their food to be prepared.

The Toy Factory & The Big Rocking Horse can also host birthday parties – click here for details.

The Toy Factory has been producing quality wooden toys in their factory for more than 40 years.  They offer guided tours of the facility during the week for school aged children, where they talk about the timber and the various processes involved in making the toys.

The shop front sells a huge range of their own wooden toys direct to the public at factory outlet prices, along with many other toys, gifts and souvenirs at prices to suit every budget.

Picnic and Play Area

There is a lovely, grassed picnic and play area just next to the Rocking Horse, where you can sit and enjoy the surrounds of the area. A cubby house, ride on cars and playground keep the kids amused for ages. There is plenty of seating and tables provided as well.


Opening Hours:

  • Open 9am – 5pm every day (except Christmas Day)
  • Wildlife Park closes at 4.30pm
  • Cafe opens at 10am and closed at 4.30pm on weekdays

Please note: They are closed on catastrophic fire warning days.


  • Tour of the working Toy Factory (minimum 10 participants and weekdays only, aimed at primary school level) – $5
  • Climb the Rocking Horse and receive a certificate – $2
  • Bag of animal food to feed the animals – $2
  • A wander through The Toy Factory Shop – FREE
  • Entry into the Wildlife  Park – $4
  • Use of extensive lawn area – FREE

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For more information and all enquiries please visit The Toy Factory website.

What:   The Toy Factory & The Big Rocking Horse

When:   Open 9am to 5 pm |  7 Days a week  (closed Christmas Day)

Where:   452 Torrens Valley Road, Gumeracha  (see map here)

Who:   Families

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

All photos by Play & Go 2012


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