Only an hour north of Adelaide and 25 kilometres west of Port Wakefield, Balaklava is famous for its race course and is home to the over 100 year old Balaklava Cup held every August or September which is the largest country race in South Australia.
Balaklava is one of the main agricultural townships in this area, with the state rail network connecting grain silos from Balaklava, Owen, Nantawarra, and Long Plains to Adelaide. Balaklava is based around the beautiful River Wakefield and offers many lovely old buildings.
A little south east of town is The Rocks Reserve, a unique formation of rock carved naturally by the River Wakefield. Enjoy the flora and fauna throughout the reserve and its walking trails.
The town is well equipped and a great place to stock up on supplies. Accommodation options include a caravan park, hotels and several bed and breakfast properties.
Things to do:
Balaklava 18-hole championship golf course, offering six kilometres of manicured fairways.
Balaklava Courthouse Gallery hosts work and exhibitions by local painters and potters.
The Rocks Reserve.
Balaklava Gliding Club.
Balaklava Racing Club.
In 1849, Balaklava began as a stopping point for Bullock Trains, which traversed the Gulf Road from the Burra Burra copper mines to Port Wakefield. In 1870 the first large grain stores were built by an Adelaide Grain Merchant, Charles Fisher, opening up the area to farmers. The town was surveyed in 1877 and named after the Battle of Balaklava in the Crimean War.