For a seriously entertaining drive or fun alternative route to Wave Rock, don’t miss the Tin Horse Highway!
This bright open-air gallery of eclectic equine art is well worth the drive. What started as an authentic community campaign to promote the annual Kulin Bush Races has become one of Western Australia’s most popular self-drives. The cheeky horses have been made by local community members out of bit and pieces found lying around farms and reflect the humorous side to Wheatbelt lifestyle.
The Tin Horse Highway is FREE and OPEN all year round.
Where is the Tin Horse Highway?
Kulin is a small farming town, just three hours south east of Perth. The Tin Horse Highway is a 15 kilometre stretch of road which heads east from the town of Kulin out to the Kulin Bush Races Track at Jilakin Rock. The road’s official name is the Gorge Rock -Lake Grace Road.
Whilst the majority of tin horses are found on the Tin Horse Highway, you will also find many equally impressive and imaginative tin horses along other roads in the Kulin Shire and in Kulin town. All tin horses in the region contribute to the Tin Horse Highway story and reflect the vibrant, good humoured community who have built them.
There are currently over 70 tin horses displayed on the Tin Horse Highway, in the town site of Kulin and along other roads to Kulin.
West Kulin Horses
On the western side of town you will find many tin horses including the BIGGEST tin horse in the region! The ‘West Kulin Whoppa’ tin horse is a reflection of many years of friendly competition between East and West Kulin farmers. The tin horses to the west provide a fantastic introduction to the Bush Races and the Tin Horse Highway.
Kulin Town site
Take a trot around Kulin and discover our more ‘urban’ tin steeds. ‘Dougie’ the Blacksmith tin horse is a favorite made by farmer Les Lewis in memory of his good friend Doug Anderson.
Come again! The Tin Horse Highway is dynamic and changing with new horses being added each year. One of next years editions could be your new favourite tin horse! We also have an annual Tin Horse Competition which coincides with the Kulin Bush Races weekend, every October.
Telling the Tin Horse Highway Project
The Shire of Kulin is currently undertaking a project to ‘tell’ the Tin Horse highway and share the stories behind the metal masterpieces and their makers. Through a range of activities including oral recordings, production of a short film, development of a souvenir booklet and construction of an interpretive facility, the Telling the Tin Horse Highway project aims to enhance the visitor experience whilst preserving local cultural heritage for future generations.
Tin Horse Highway Short Doco
Our latest project achievement features a selection of local tin horse ‘artists’ in their ‘studios’ (farm workshops, scrap heaps and sheds) and captures the uniqueness of the Tin Horse Highway and its significance to the Kulin community. CHECK IT OUT NOW on YouTube
YOUR SAFETY IS A SERIOUS MATTER!
Be careful when travelling and stopping on the Tin Horse Highway and other roads in the region. All roads are used by trucks and cars and pose a dangerous and potentially life threatening situation if common road sense is not observed.
For more information visit the Shire of Kulin’s website www.kulin.wa.gov.au
Click here for the Tin Horse Highway tourist route map