If you’re looking for an alternative route into the mid morth region of South Australia, Mallala is the gateway for those travelling from Adelaide along Highway One once they have detoured via Two Wells.
The Mallala Motor Sport Park is just north of the township and was originally a training base for the Royal Australian Air Force. Spectators can enjoy a variety of motor races there.
The centre of the town has an outstanding War Memorial. The international standard equestrian centre, east of Mallala, is the venue for national showjumping and related event competitions.
Derived from the Aboriginal word madlola, meaning ‘place of the ground frog’ the town is central to a busy and diverse agricultural community. The Light and Gawler Rivers pass through the district and the rich fertile plains are ideal for vegetable production that is sent to the nearby Adelaide markets.
It’s a good gateway into the Clare Valley region, known as Australia’s leading producer of Riesling. There, you’ll find plenty of welcoming cellar doors, comfortable accommodation, and interesting villages to explore. Or cycle or walk the Riesling Trail, which leads you to more than 60 wineries and through scenic terrain.