The stretch of highway on either side of Kulin in southwest Western Australia is possibly the most interesting remote road in Australia. We visited the Tin Horse Highway years ago, and as we headed east across the continent, I knew the girls would appreciate the whimsical metal sculptures made from recycled materials and erected by local landowners.

Horse sign outside Kulin, August 2013
With a bit of ingenuity, the farming town of Kulin is making a name for itself among travellers.

Whimsical metal horse sculptures on the Tin Horse Highway outside Kulin, Western Australia, August 2013
Reading a book and riding a penny-farthing?

Whimsical metal horse sculptures on the Tin Horse Highway outside Kulin, Western Australia, August 2013
A zebra stands in the shade of some trees.

Creative marketing within the Kulin Shire Council has started an initiative that encourages travellers to promote the Tin Horse Highway through large, high-quality stickers on visitors’ caravans or motorhomes. It’s a novel concept, and from the poster promoting the idea, some travellers have gladly taken up Kulin’s cause to promote the Tin Horse Highway during their travels around Australia!

Whimsical metal horse sculptures on the Tin Horse Highway outside Kulin, Western Australia, August 2013
This sculpture looks more like a deer than a horse.

Whimsical metal horse sculptures on the Tin Horse Highway outside Kulin, Western Australia, August 2013
A racing horse!

Whimsical metal horse sculptures on the Tin Horse Highway outside Kulin, Western Australia, August 2013
Sitting on the dunny, reading Play Horse magazine.

Whimsical metal horse sculptures on the Tin Horse Highway outside Kulin, Western Australia, August 2013
A beer-servicing horse-wench.

Whimsical metal horse sculptures on the Tin Horse Highway outside Kulin, Western Australia, August 2013
The wheat fields don't get plowed by themselves!

Whimsical metal horse sculptures on the Tin Horse Highway outside Kulin, Western Australia, August 2013
A more belligerent horse bucks off its rider.

Whimsical metal horse sculptures on the Tin Horse Highway outside Kulin, Western Australia, August 2013
This "dead cert" is a play on the racing term.

Whimsical metal horse sculptures on the Tin Horse Highway outside Kulin, Western Australia, August 2013
Fillypoussis... perhaps a cousin to Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis.

Whimsical metal horse sculptures on the Tin Horse Highway outside Kulin, Western Australia, August 2013
Although most of the horse sculptures are fashioned out of metal barrels, there are a couple creative exceptions, like this pair.

Whimsical metal horse sculptures on the Tin Horse Highway outside Kulin, Western Australia, August 2013
In a creek-bed, a seahorse keeps watch.

Kulin has embraced its new status as a must-see on the WA tourist route. It helps that the town is not far from another major attraction — Wave Rock — and the local council has provided facilities to encourage visitors to linger a while (and spend their dollars locally). Public showers (coin-operated for hot water), easily accessible toilet and bbq facilities, a well-maintained playground are combined with a friendly attitude towards travellers (it’s an RV-friendly town). While so many small towns go wrong by charging exorbitant amounts for overnight parking, Kulin is a great example of a town that’s doing right by the nomadic set.