Taking its name from a corruption of the Aboriginal word madlola, or ‘place of the ground frog,’ Mallala lies 60km north of Adelaide in a district dominated by the Light and Gawler rivers. The well-watered, fertile plains are major suppliers to the Adelaide vegetable markets. An impressive War Memorial stands at the hub of an eight-road intersection in the centre of the town. Natural and man-made horse power are also important to the small town. Converted from an old RAAF training base, the Mallala Motor Sport Park hosts an annual round of the Australian Touring Car Championship, while the, international standard Equestrian Centre is a key link in the national show-jumping and eventing circuit. Townsfolk used to grind the locally-produced wheat in a very impressive flour mill, but the building fell into disuse as the industry centralised. Today the mill doubles as a museum for the local historical society.