Mount Barker

History

Mount Barker, just 360 kilometres (a pleasant 4 hour drive) south of Perth, is located within the Shire of Plantagenet.

Framed by the spectacular Stirling (to the north) and Porongurup (to the south) Ranges, Mount Barker is the ideal base to explore the surrounding mountain country, wildflower hotspots, amazing south coast, Great Southern Wine Region and southern forests.

With national and regional parks on the doorstep, Mount Barker offers the perfect getaway for travellers looking to reconnect to nature, appreciate diverse ecosystems, capture Mother Nature in her finest glory and experience local stories.

Throughout the year, Mount Barker hosts a vast array of unique Festivals and Events, including Grapes and Gallops (January), Graze Mount Barker (March), Taste Great Southern Festival (February to April) and Mountains and Murals in November, to name but a few.

There are a number of historic buildings in the town with the historic Police Station, being built by convict labour. In recent times the district has become an important wine growing region accounting for 37% of Western Australia’s wine production.

Mount Barker Attractions

Mount Barker Railway Station

Home to the Visitor Centre and open 7 days a week.

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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.

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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.

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Tower Hill Lookout

Enjoy great views and the tallest TV tower in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Mt Barker Murals

International artists painted a series of 7 murals throughout the town, celebrating local history, during the Mount Barker Mountains and Murals Festival in 2019. The local Visitor Centre provides walking maps.

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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.

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Wineries

Arcadia Wines, Galafrey Wines, Gilbert Wines, Plantagenet Wines, Poacher’s Ridge Hawker Ridge, Zarepath, Dukes Vineyard, Castle Rock Estate, and West Cape Howe.

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Wilson Park Nature Playground

Wilson Park has a large array of play equipment. The park caters to all abilities and is pet friendly.

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Mount Barker Regional Saleyards

Experience the excitement of cattle sales each Thursday.

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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.

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Accommodation

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 website for more details. www.mountbarkerwa.com.au

Food

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.

Visitor Information

Mount Barker Visitor Centre
622 Albany Highway
(08) 9851 1163
info@mountbarkerwa.com.au
www.mountbarkerwa.com.au

Shire of Plantagenet
(08) 9892 1111
info@sop.wa.gov.au
www.plantagenet.wa.gov.au