Mount Barker was first explored in late 1829, nearly four years after the establishment of the penal colony at Albany, and was named after Captain Collet Barker. The first settler was Sir Richard Spencer, the Government Resident in Albany, with a purchase of 1,940 acres in 1835 from Captain James Stirling who had been granted 100,000 acres in the area. A rough track was eventually established between Perth and Albany which had reached Mount Barker by late 1835 and by 1860 the traffic on the track was sufficient for William Cooper to build the Bush Inn to cater for passing trade.
Mount Barker Attractions
Mount Barker Railway Station
Home to the Visitor Centre and open 7 days a week.
Old Police Station Museum
The Old Police Station was built by convict labour in 1868 and has lovely gardens, historic buildings, and is home to the Plantagenet Historical Society.
The Museum is open weekends and public holidays 10.00am – 2.00pm or by appointment.
St Werburghs Chapel
Built in 1873 by George Edward Egerton-Warburton, this heritage building was made of pug and clay dug from a nearby pit. Services, weddings and christenings are still held by candlelight in the Chapel, which has never had power.
Open daily 10.30am – 4.00pm.
Mount Barker Hill Lookout
Enjoy great views and the tallest TV tower in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Claude Hotchin Art Gallery
Located in the Mount Barker Public Library (in the Community Resource Centre, Lowood Road) and open Tuesday to Saturday.
Check the Shire website for opening times.
Wilson Park Nature Playground
This unique playground is located on Lowood Road, Mount Barker.
Mount Barker Regional Saleyards
Experience the excitement of cattle sales each Thursday.
Arcadia Wines, Galafrey Wines, Gilbert Wines, Plantagenet Wines, Poacher’s Ridge and West Cape Howe.
Mount Barker Turf Club
Horse racing at Mount Barker Turf Club from November to April including Grapes and Gallops in January where the wineries come to the races.
A variety of accommodation including caravan parks, hotel and motel, bed and breakfast and self-contained units are available.
Check the Mount Barker Visitor Centre websites for more details. www.mountbarkertourismwa.com.au
A bakery, cafés and hotels in town and a variety of food offerings at local wineries.
The Mount Barker Cooperative is open 7 days a week.