06.10.2018 - 06.10.2018
We travelled to Kulin along the Tin Horse Highway. It is a great experience to drive along the highway & see all the man made horse creations. It started off with 1 or 2 to promote the Kulin Bush race & now it is voted as the best tourist drive in the wheatbelt.
We arrived at the race course a day early than we planned and the camping area was already very busy. We set ourselves up nicely in close proximity to the track & facilities. They had flushing toilets & some basic hot showers for all campers.
No dogs allowed. Camping costs included $50 per night Earlybird ticket for Fri & Sat + $30 Thursday extra night of camping.
We walked up to one of the big rocks to have some amazing views of the area.
Deborah was getting ready for the nighttime fire.
And Ian was getting ready for the nighttime drinks at the bar.
There were activities for the young & the old.
Friday we took up the offer to drive into town for a look around Kulin. What a very friendly town. We visited the Info Centre ( which had hot showers & a 48 hour free stop point. Looked through the hardware, town hall, which had plenty of kids activities available. Some even showing children how to make recycled art from coffee capsules. We took up the offer for a Devonshire tea with scones, jam & cream at the CWA. Unfortunately it was not a patch on the CWA Capels biggest morning tea that we rave about.
Back to the track & 8 Tin Horses were available at the auction. They went from $220 to $540 per horse. Soon after the auction was this tin horse race. It was so entertaining to watch. All of the funds raised from this event went to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Saturday Race Day
Some of the events included the
- Horse Barrel qualifying then racing
- Perth Highland Pipe Band
- Hobby Horse racing for 4-5 year Olds
- Foot races for various boy or girl races
- Tug of War
- 2 up
- A sheep race for the Kiwis whose names were:
Wooly West Coast,
Kiss Me Kiwi,
Dam Tasty Collingwood,
- 8 Horse Racing events
- Bands on the main stage that played till 1am Sunday morning
Ian & I are not big gamblers however we managed to pick a horse each on everyone of the 8 races ($2 minimum bet) and we put a long odds bet on a rank outsider in race 7 called Speedybon. It was announced she was 100 to 1, so we just had to pop a bet on the 13 year old girl. Low & behold the outsider won. The odds dropped to 20 to 1 at the end of the race. We still collected $40. Yippee.
The late night Saturday activities included the fireworks.
On offer was the great Aussie Revival breakfast as people start to pack up & head home.
We hit the road by 7.30am. A great start for us. 11.30 morning tea beak in Collie.
Lunch in Donnybrook.
Visit to see Lynne, Ian's Sister who has had a second knee reconstruction at Capel on our way home, then home by 3pm to unpack & wash the van.
Our thoughts about the Kulin Bush Races was it was great fun with country hospitality. It had a real Aussie flavour. Highly recommend.