For motorists who are looking for an alternative route into the Mid North region of the state, Mallala is the gateway for those travelling from Adelaide along Highway One once they have detoured via Two Wells. Derived from the Aboriginal word madlola, meaning 'place of the ground frog' the town is central to a busy and diverse agricultural community.
The Light and Gawler Rivers pass through the district and the rich fertile plains are ideal for vegetable production that is sent to the nearby Adelaide markets. The centre of the town has an outstanding War Memorial.
Mallala Motor Sport Park is just north of the township and was originally a training base for the Royal Australian Air Force. The international standard equestrian centre, east of the township is the venue for national showjumping and related event competitions.