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Mount Barker

Visitor Centre:
Mount Barker Visitor Centre
Unit 6 Lot 622 Albany Hwy
Phone: (08) 9851 1163
Fax: (08) 9851 1919
General:
THE PLANTAGENET DISTRICT
Mount Barker serves a wide agriculture area and is the administrative centre of the Shire of Plantagenet.

Not so long ago the area was notable for apples but today the emphasis is on sheep and cattle. Vineyards are also now a feature and table wines produced have won prizes throughout Australia. The civic buildings are set in pleasant gardens. The library and adjoining art gallery contain a collection of original paintings donated by the late Sir Claude Hotchin. Mt. Barker is an ideal holiday centre with accommodation for every taste with ample shopping and recreational facilities and beautiful scenic surrounds.

Mount Barker, once a stop on the way to Albany, is now an outstanding destination in its own right. Ideal for the short break away from it all, it lies in the picturesque heart of the Great Southern, perhaps Australia’s most promising cool climate wine region.
Attractions:
Mt Barker Heritage Trail
The Mount Barker Heritage Trail is a 30km drive tracing the development of the prosperous Mount Barker farming district. The trail offers a pleasant half-day’s outing with opportunities for picnics and walking.
Wildflowers
From September to November the Porongurup and Stirling Ranges are carpeted with wildflowers. Botanists have recorded over 500 varieties of which 30 to 40 are found nowhere else in the world.
Scenic Drives
Follow the gravel road between Bolganup and Woodland Roads for a look at the magnificent Stirling Ranges.
The Lookout
Situated on top of Mount Barker Hill, the lookout provides splendid panoramic views of the area.
WINE INDUSTRY
Since it first began in the mid 1960s, the Mt. Barker-Frankland-Porongurup Range wine producing region has gained a reputation for top quality, good value wines.
The Grapes and Gallops Festival is held each January.
St Werburgh’s Chapel
Built in 1872-73 on the Edgerton-Warburton Estate to serve the pioneers in the district. Situated 12kms south-west on St. Werburgh’s Road.