Semaphore Carousel 2017-08-15T23:54:56+00:00


Len Northey, a noted theatre operator of his time, commenced construction of the Carousel in 1928. It began operation in 1929 at Henley Beach & after a few years was moved to the Jubilee Oval, Adelaide (where Adelaide University now stands), for the state’s Jubilee celebrations.

The historic Semaphore Carousel was deemed the largest operating carousel in Australia with 40 hand crafted wooden horses. Most other rides similar to the Semaphore Carousel have only 36 horses. It was originally driven by steam and later replaced by an electric lift motor. A canvas top for the carousel was made in 1936 for the Centenary Exhibition. Later the canvas was cut up to make beach shelters and chairs.
Circa 1938 the Carousel was moved to Semaphore where it has remained to this date.


Opening Hours


10 AM to late

School Holidays

Everyday 10 AM to 5 PM

Weekends/ Holidays

10 AM to 5 PM

Group Bookings

Please contact us to make group bookings. We charge $250 for the first hour and $200 for every hour there after. These charges are for the whole carousel.

The carousel is now 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 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.

Ticket Charges

$5 per person per ride.

We have 4 wheelchair bays – people with disabilities and their carers ride free.