A unique collection in Australia, the EQUUS Wooden Horse Museum in Central Victoria is home to over 40 toy horses. Made in England, France, Germany, USA, and Australia, there’s even one from Mexico. But it’s their variety of rockers that visitors love. On swings, springs, bows and wheels children of the past were challenged to ride them. Patented ones date back to 1859. Surprised visitors have said ‘We didn’t expect to see this’. Many share stories of their own special horses of childhood.
These rocking and carousel horses have been collected by Patricia Mullins over decades. Her book “The Rocking Horse, a History of Moving Toy Horses” (London, 1992) has been called “the bible” of rocking horses. Limited copies are at the Museum. Plus some of Patricia’s well-known children’s picture books are for sale at the adjoining EQUUS at Moonambel Cellar Door. Copies can be personally signed by the author/illustrator.
From the gate in Black Mares Lane, drive up the winding road to the Museum and Cellar Door. Be rewarded on the top of the hill by 360-degree stunning views over the Pyrenees Ranges.
Call ahead, bookings are essential for groups – ideally six in either the Museum or Cellar Door. Wine tasting – weekends and public holidays.
Museum award: “Best Additional Cellar Door Experience” (Ballarat and Pyrenees) by Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine in 2021.