Mallala, Small in Size, But Big in Fun!
A look at one of the impressive but small country towns in South Australia. This tiny town has many unusual things to see and do.
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First time visitors to Mallala may wonder why they bothered to come these 50km from Adelaide. Mallala is a small town, with less than 500 people living there, and with few shops and obvious places of interest.
When you look into it more deeply though, and explore beyond the town and tour the whole district of Mallala, you’ll find many more things to do.
In the town of Mallala is a pub that serves food as good as any you’ll find in any fancy restaurant in any city you care to name. The Mallala Hotel goes well beyond the steak and schnitzel and that’s all that most country pubs serve, well beyond!
Just across the road from the Mallala hotel is an award winning Museum, which covers life as it’s happened in the district going back to its earliest beginnings. The Museum is open to the general public only on Sundays, but with a phone call, it’s easy to arrange your own guided tour, complete with coffee and cake!
If you’re tastes run to faster modes of entertainment, there’s the Mallala Motorsport Park, just a kilometre or so out of town. On the race track, you can see the whole range of fast things on wheels, from the fastest Porsche, all the way down through V8s, touring cars, motorcycles to karts. Every weekend of the year, you’ll find them there, racing, drifting, or doing burnouts! And between races, there’s a bar put on by the Local Lions, and takeaway food. The Mallala Lions have a role there too, serving food including the best steak sandwiches you’ll ever find!
During the winter, you’ll often find the Mallala Magpies on the football oval, and the ladies playing their own ball game, netball, just the other side of the grandstand. The game played will be fast and furious, and quite often, it’s Mallala that wins the game! Sport is a popular pastime in Mallala, and the black and white colours take pride of place in many local hearts.
If you’re interested in something a little more ‘out there’ though, you could look into a little shooting. The Adelaide Pistol and Shooting Club at Korunye has some of the best facilities in South Australia and beyond, if shooting’s your thing. Or further along the road, heading back to the town of Mallala, you’ll find the Mallala Gun Club, where people can go and shoot clay pigeons with others interested in this form of sport. The Gun Club is well set up, with lighting for the thrill of shooting at night as well as during the day.
There’s another thrilling place to go, if you like to get your kicks way up in the sky. The Lower Light Sky Diving Club has been going for over fifty years, and if you’ve always wanted to jump out of a plane, that’s the place to go.
Perhaps this isn’t your idea of fun though, maybe you’re more into shopping at the market? Markets are held at the town of Mallala regularly throughout the football season, where you’ll find an eclectic range of goods, ranging from olive oil grown and processed just a few kilometres up the road, to nifty hand-made crafty bits and pieces that you’d have to pay mega bucks for in the city.
The district of Mallala has many delights for young and old – the towns of Mallala and Two Wells, both have skating facilities and bowling clubs as well as the football ovals. This will keep everyone happy, no matter their age!
So the next time you’re wondering where to go, why not give Mallala a visit?