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.
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.