Community is what makes Balaklava a great place to be.

Balaklava is blessed to have a wide range of social and community groups, churches, education sites, health facilities and emergency service providers, all pillars contributing to the safe, welcoming country town it is widely known to be.

Underpinning the town’s passion for the arts, Balaklava Community Arts is a community group producing live stage shows each year, which regularly pack the local town hall.

The Balco Art Prize is the town’s premier visual art award, which offers lucrative prizes across a number of creative categories, including the major prize of $2000.

Balaklava has four education sites, starting at the Balaklava Community Children’s Centre, providing kindergarten and child care services.

Balaklava Primary School and Balaklava High School are the public options, while Horizon Christian School caters from reception to Year 12.

Co-located on the high school site is the Balaklava Community Library, servicing the schools and the wider public.

There are seven Christian-based churches in the town.


Our community is wonderfully served by the Balaklava Soldiers Memorial District Hospital, which also houses the Ira Parker Nursing Home on its northern wing.

Aged care living is also provided at Mill Court Nursing Home, on Railway Terrace.

The town has several locally based GPs consulting from Wakefield Plains Medical Clinic, with a number of visiting specialists also servicing the district from the clinic.

Balaklava has locally based police officers staffing the town’s police station, while a healthy band of volunteer firefighters contribute many hours for the local CFS station.

Both the St John and SA Ambulance Service are always welcoming new members but do a fantastic job in providing vital assistance in emergency situations both locally and around the district.

Balaklava Lions is very active in the community with a number of major projects on the go, while other welcoming social groups include the CWA, Red Cross, Garden Club and Probus.