GUMERACHA

Gumeracha (waterhole in Aboriginal terms) is the next town encounted when driving the Adelaide Hills Region. Nice spot this and a surprise. That comes from having never heard of the place. Gumeracha is the home of the world’s biggest rocking horse. This huge proposition is a must visit and worth the diversion if the traveler is in the area.

Gumeracha as it turns out is one of South Australia's oldest settled areas. In 1839, William Beavis Randell built his home, Tinmath, at Kenton Park and built a flour mill in the 1840s. The estate housed his large family, his workforce and their families. In 1846, Randell donated land and funds for a church, and the Salem Baptist Church, an interesting American tobacco producing town, was built - the oldest Baptist church still in use in South Australia. The surrounding area, meanwhile, had become an agricultural centre, and the Gumeracha Farmers' Society held annual shows.

In 1855, Randell allocated land for a township and by 1860 the town was laid out. Commercial businesses sprang up on the main street (Victoria Street), and many fine buildings were erected, including the Post Office, Police Station & Court House (1864), Institute Hall, Town Hall (1909), a butter factory (1889), a school, a hospital, a coach-house, hotels, churches and business houses. Most of the buildings in use at this time still stand today.

The Gumeracha Museum is represented by the Historical Society.

The War Memorial is noted with the Boar War Cenotaph and the RSL Hall.

The Gumeracha Hotel is well over 150 years old and is a classic beauty.

There is a number of things to do/visit at the town, but on leaving/ or just before arrival the TOY MUSEUM beckons.

Heritage diary

 

 

 

 

Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding   Golf Course