|An abandoned house along Short Terrace, Balaklava, South Australia.|
What could be more frustrating than watching a beautiful sunset knowing that the day has ended with another wrong decision made. Here I am again trying to uplift my own spirit after realizing that today’s toil would equate to almost nothing after being affected by some lapses that others have done.
But after the sun has hidden behind the York Peninsula hills and as the flickering highway lights of Port Wakefield starts to appear across the western horizon, my instinct would instantly direct me to the east reminding me that it is worthwhile to enjoy the rest of the night, fall in a deep slumber, and get up looking at the lovely sunrise the next day.
There’s, actually, another thing in the eastern side of Port Wakefield that shows me how pleasant and relaxing my life would B if I start to go slow, and learn to handle every day-to-day challenge wisely. I am always inspired how the locals in Balaklava, South Australia—20 kilometres east of this poultry farm- deal with their daily activities with a bit of time to enjoy with their mates in the evening.
|The locals enjoying their beer in Terminus Hotel, Railway Terrace.|
There must be something within each of these blokes that makes them happy and, I believe, contented up to their golden years. Their smiles have actually outweighed their wrinkles telling me that they have proven their resilience through the years.
Well, their place—Balaklava is an unfrequented town compared to Port Wakefield (my workplace). But it was once called the ‘industrial centre of the north (of Adelaide)’ because many Australian farm machineries were manufactured in this town. Grain farming was also encouraged in mid-1900 when the early European settlers built some large grain storage facilities close to the railway running from a town in eastern South Australia to the most important port during those years—Port Wakefield.
|Grain silo 1 beside the old tramway.|
|Grain silo 2.|
|Grain silo 3.|
Until today, Balaklava is still thriving with its local farmer’s grains, and hay products which are exported to Japan, Taiwan, Korea and China.
|HARVESTING. Balaklava-Adelaide Road (Gwy Tce).|
|Oats, cut oats and hay along Balaklava Road.|
|Patrick Portlink (S.A.) South Australia’s first inland container terminal.|
|Office of BALCO- Australia’s leading processor and exporter of high-grade oaten and cereal hay.|
There are two leading Australian banks, a supermarket, hi-tech gadgets and appliance shop that have their branch prospering in Balaklava proving that this town is economically sufficient despite its seclusion.
|ANZ (pronounced as /ey-en-zed/) bank at Balaklava's main street.|
There are fast foods and two hotels catering for the locals and guests, where night life is also guaranteed especially during weekends.
|The Royal Hotel at Edith Terrace.|
...and if you want some locally-made yet delicious pizza and pasta, Balaklava is really the place to B!
|Balaklava Pizza and Pasta. Yiros-flavoured pizza, small at Au$11.|
Balaklava, S.A. is also known for its annual horse-racing festival - Balaklava Cup, and a culture and arts show - the Eisteddfod which are both celebrated every August. I don’t have a decent photo of the racecourse, so better come and see it yourself.
|St. Andrews Catholic church, 1889.|
Several old and historical buildings are still standing until today and if you are interested in history, the Balaklava Centenary Hall is the best place to explore. Picture-taking is not allowed inside, though. The museum's swarming with donated historical articles with a 3-dollar entrance fee... it is really worth a visit!
Ph. number 08 8862 1854
Open 2.30pm to 4pm on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. Other times by appointment.
Balaklava is 92 kilometres north of- or about an hour drive from Adelaide, a little town with a lot of things to boast and to teach.