The Tin Horse Highway featured high on my list of things to do during our recent venture into the Great Southern Region of Western Australia. We left it until the last day, and went on our way home from Hyden and Wave Rock. Such a treat! If you get a chance to go that way, don’t miss it. Be prepared to laugh out loud!
What, where and why of the Tin Horse Highway
The Tin Horse Highway runs for fifteen kilometres between the town of Kulin and Jilakin Rock and the Kulin Bush Races Track, almost 300 kms south-east of Perth.
Map shows the location of the Tin Horse Highway
The Bush Races attract hundreds of people, especially to the annual carnival which is held in October.
The Highway began as a marketing ploy to attract visitors to the races. Farmers and community members created fun animals in different poses. Some are easily recognisable. Others need more thought.
John, my daughter, Anne, and I had great fun working out what to call each exhibit. Other people would no doubt have different ideas.
Locals have transformed dusty wheat, barley and hay paddocks into a dynamic and delightful outdoor art gallery.
Tin horses of all shapes and varieties appear on both sides of the road. Some stand alone. Others have been set up together in seemingly random patterns. Some, like those in the title picture for this blog, which we called ‘The Rock and Rollers’ make delightful groups.
Horses I enjoyed
With so many horses, my choices seem now to be quite random. Instead of, ‘Horses I enjoye,’ maybe I should simply say, ‘Here are a few of the hundred or so photos I took that day’.
Plowing the paddock
Woman with flowers on Tin Horse Highway
Photographs seem obligatory. Fortunately, the Shire of Kulin recognises the need of travellers to make frequent stops along the way. Although the road is relatively narrow, there are easily accessible parking places near each sculpture.
For safety, drivers need to remember to take care when pulling over, and to put on hazard lights when stopped. Passing locals waved and some sounded their horns in greeting while we were there.
I’m grateful that I experienced this example of Australian bush humour. It sent us home in good spirits, ready for whatever comes next year.