Mount Barker is the last town encounted before arriving to Albany from the north. Mount Barker is a small town that has all of the essential services and yet is just a stone throw from the larger centre to the south. Mount Barker is a nice tidy town where heritage factors are clearly nurtured.

The town was named after the nearby hill, which it is believed was named by Dr T B Wilson RN, in honour of Captain Collet Barker.

European settlement of the Hay River area commenced around the 1830s and the opening of the Perth/Albany Railway in 1889 helped ensure the town's future with the first store opening in 1890. Population growth continued through the 1890s and the first school and the town hall were opened in 1893.

Mount Barker is one of the 5 nominated sub-regions of the Great Southern wine region in Western Australia, which is Australia's largest wine region with a rectangle 200 kilometres from east to west and over 100 kilometers from north to south.

Mount Barker can boast to century plus hotels. The Plantaganet Hotel  having a great presence on the north of the township.

The Mount Barker Museum is located on the Northern Highway just on the edge of the town. This is a first rate museum and is recommended.

The Mount Barker War Memorial is located within the Memorial Garden.

The Anglican and United Churches are both over 100 years old. There is also a Baptist and community church. The Catholic of the modern era.

Should the traveler have an interest in the wine industry an overnight at Mount Barker is suggested.

Heritage diary




  Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course