At first glimpse, Owen is a typical, small rural centre in mixed cropping country about 70km north of Adelaide. What sets Owen apart, however, is the surrounding parkland generously studded with wetlands that support a wide variety of plant, animal and birdlife.
One hotel, one post office and a grocery-cum-deli keep the community rolling. For the bigger things in life, locals and visitors alike drive 20km north to Balaklava whose National Trust Museum conserves relics of early settlement in the region.
In Balaklava, local handiwork is on display both in the Country Grafters store and in the Courthouse Gallery. Stands of impressive river box gums shade picnickers in the curiously named Devils Gardens Reserve on Balaklava's northern outskirts, while visitors will find some relaxing bush walks flanking the Wakefield River on the southern approach to the town which takes its name from a field on which one of the significant battles of the Crimean War was fought.