It's a South Aussie icon - as loved as frog cakes, Farmers Union Iced Coffee and Adelaide Oval. It's been a part of our beach-going experience since 1938 and, goodness, hasn't she aged well?. It's a magical place, the holder of memories for many generations of South Australians.
On the 10th November 2013 (the day after Pageant Day), the Carousel will open for a very special day of celebration.
There will be $2 carousel rides, $2 soft drinks, balloon tying, magic shows, prizes and much much more
Save the date and get along from 10am to 3pm.
The carousel is housed in an undercover enclosure to protect it from the elements and is a unique venue to hire for private parties and functions. The building's hexagon structure can accommodate up to 100 persons comfortably for a sit down meal. Weddings, anniversaries, corporate functions or just a family & friends get-together are just a few of the events that can be booked at the carousel. The carousel is open on weekends, public holidays and during school holidays from around 11.30am until 3.30pm. During the summer school holidays it stays open until mid-evening. (the Carousel is closed on Christmas Day and during days of bad weather and extreme heat).
There is plenty of free parking on the streets nearby. Good clean toilets are close by. There's an undercover shelter at the entrance to the Carousel - why not bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a whole day out at Semaphore.
When:Trading Hours Every weekend, Public (Ex Christmas Day) & School Holidays – approx:11.30am to 3.30pm. Summer school holidays open till Approx 11.30am to Mid Evening. Closed in Bad Weather & High Heat
I was born in SA 61 years ago and a treat in my otherwise quite darkened childhood, was the glitter and music accompanying a ride on the carved horses of the Semaphore carousel. I have become an international theatre director and worked all over the world, but it was the sparkling lights on the Semaphore carousel that started it all for me! A magic escape into fantasy and wonderland for a sad, quiet little girl born in The Port. I have been seeking the same "escapist" thrill ever since, and trying to re-create it in my own theatre work, for a lifetime. Gale Edwards