Characterised by its easy living, Balaklava offers plenty of recreational and special interest activities that let you unwind from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life.
There's plenty to see and do:
- Relax with a round of golf on the bright green 18-hole course overlooking a superb view of the Adelaide Plains
- Visit The Rocks Reserve; a peaceful part of the Wakefield River
- Walk or cycle the 10km Shamus Liptrot Cycling Trail to Halbury, or perhaps take the Lions Walking Trail, which follows the Wakefield River
- Learn about the town’s history at the local museum
- Art enthusiasts can visit the Courthouse Gallery featuring regular exhibitions
- If you are visiting during September don’t miss the Balaklava Cup, SA’s largest country thoroughbred racing event
Explore the relics of Brinkworth’s bustling past as a major rail junction as you walk or pedal around the town trails.
Take the Pepper Tree Trail from the historic Stockyard Reserve to see a rare example of an old railway turntable, water tower and buildings dating back to the twilight of the 19th century and conclude your walk at the Brinkworth Museum.
Back in its heyday Port Wakefield was one of the busiest shipping ports in South Australia. Exporting valuable copper, mined from Burra, as well as wheat, barely and other commodities of the time.
This town is bursting at the seams with South Australian history. Why not:
- Explore the town's colonial history and see the many stone settlement buildings, murals and monuments including a tribute to Sir Jack Brabham, the Shipping Co and Aboriginal culture on the Port Wakefield Historical Walk and at the Courthouse Museum
- Stop for a bite to eat at one of the local bakeries on Highway One or at the boutique café Salt of the Earth
- Visit the local wharf to watch boats launch into the Gulf of St Vincent where the Wakefield River meets the sea
- Stroll along the mangrove trails to Pelican Bay which offers excellent access to the habitat of Australia’s most important migratory birds sites
Visit the website www.portwakefield.sa.au for more.
Enjoy the culture and rich history of Blyth - a true gem of the Mid-North and ideal destination for any art-lover, collector or nature enthusiast.
- Visit the Medika Gallery, famous for Ian Roberts’ bird paintings or visit Lawry Love Art Ark Studio, a short drive out of town towards Lochiel
- View the agricultural panel designs and mosaic mural at Padnaindi Reserve
- Catch a movie at the local cinema or enjoy a country pub meal at the historic Blyth Hotel
- For stunning views of the scenic patchwork colours of the Wakefield Plains visit Brook’s Lookout
- Explore the 2.5km Lomandra Walking Trail or pre-book a tour of Ian Roberts' four-acre Windmill Cottage Native Garden with 8,000 native plants
As you drive through Lochiel look out for the ‘Loch…iel Monster’ in Lake Bumbunga - the pink lake! Stop and indulge in a coffee at the Jitter Bean Oasis coffee shop then enjoy the view from the Lochiel Lookout on the way to the Copper Coast. Why not stop at the Lake Bumbunga Lookout and see the several islands in the salt lake and observe the harvesting of salt in Summer.
Check out the Lake Bumbunga facebook page, a site worth seeing!
Owen & Hamley Bridge
Drive to Owen and stretch your legs with a walk around the wetlands and town following the self-guided History Trail. Continue onto Hamley Bridge known as ‘the town of bridges’ which is nestled between two rivers with beautiful valley views from its outskirts. Admire the old stone buildings before enjoying an ice cream on the Gilbert or Light River.
Snowtown is a peaceful place with friendly faces and a thriving agriculture industry as its background.
As you drive into the township be 'blown away' by South Australia's largest wind farm atop the Barunga and Hummock Ranges. Learn more about the wind farm and see ‘The Big Blade’ in the main street.