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Semaphore Carousel Celebrates its 75th birthday

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia.
Published August 10th 2013
A Magical Horse Ballet
In 2013, the Semaphore Carousel will celebrate its 75th Birthday and you are invited to the party!

Semaphore Carousel (©paula mcmanus)
Semaphore Carousel

The historic Semaphore Carousel is the largest operating carousel in Australia with 40 hand crafted wooden horses. Most other rides similar to our Semaphore Carousel have only 36 horses.

Semaphore Carousel (©paula mcmanus)
Semaphore Carousel

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.

Semaphore Carousel (©paula mcmanus)
Semaphore Carousel

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).

Semaphore Carousel (©paula mcmanus)
Semaphore Carousel

To book the Carousel for private parties and special occasions, contact Pete and Dea on 0430-878257 or like their Facebook page to keep up to date with all the latest news and happenings.

Getting to Semaphore:
Semaphore is only 15 minutes from Adelaide Airport, or a short 17kms drive from the centre of Adelaide, via Port Road. Bus and train services run regularly from the city and suburban centres.

Semaphore Beach (©paula mcmanus)
Semaphore Beach

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.
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Why? Happy Birthday Hurdy Gurdy
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
Phone: 0430878257
Where: Semaphore Beach Foreshore, Semaphore
Cost: $2 Birthday Special
Your Comment
Oh wow, HDR from you now Paula :)
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11309) 3520 days ago
Normal Ride price is $5 (the $2 are only on Sunday 10/11/2013.
by peewe (score: 0|4) 3520 days ago
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
by storm (score: 0|2) 2652 days ago
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