A quaint, wheatbelt town on the Wakefield River, just 23km from the head of the Gulf of St Vincent, Balaklava is the administrative centre of the Wakefield Shire.
For several years it was little more than a stopover for the bullock trains carrying copper from the Burra fields, but in 1870 an Adelaide grain merchant, Charles Fisher, put Balaklava on the agricultural map by building large wheat stores in the town to entice farmers into the area.
Wheat is still the staple product for a town linked to the past by some attractive old sandstone buildings. The Balaklava Folk Museum retraces the years through its collection of ancient agricultural implements and local memorabilia.
The Lions Club has established a walking trail along the river bank and there are some attractive picnic areas in and just out of town. Delightful picnic corners among shady river box gums belie the name of the Devls Gardens Reserve just a few kilometres north-east of town, while the 11.5ha Rocks Reserve, which flanks the Wakefield River, is a popular spot for recreational walkers.