Mount Barker is a place I have been visiting for 40 years. A place where my Grandfather farmed and generations before and after him still farm the land. It feels like home.
When you mention Mt Barker to Perth folk they usually say that is where the chickens live! Sorry to disappoint but you will not find free range chickens roaming the street or popping into the pub like the TV ad.
However if you are looking for an authentic country stay with spectacular scenery and delicious wine, then this is the place for you.
Mt Barker is located on the Albany Highway, 360 kilometers south of Perth and 51 kilometers north of Albany. The town is framed by the Stirling and Porongurup Rangers.
The town often hosts festivals, horse racing, markets and art shows. For a small town they sure do put on a good show.
When I take a trip back to Mt Barker you might find me at a winery sipping on a glass of red, out hiking or just enjoying the shops in this small town.
1. Mt Barker Look Out
Look at that view!
Mount Barker Hill is located just out of town, it has a large tower on the top so you can’t miss it! Step out onto a wooden lookout and soak in the view.
In the distance you will see the only rugged mountain range in the South West of Western Australia. The only place in Western Australia where snow occasionally falls. Locals will rush to the Stirling Ranges when that happens just to get a glimpse of snow.
Porongurup is a smaller mountain range but it is still provides a breath taking view.
2. Porongurup National Park
Now you have seen the Porongurup Range from a far why not climb to the top? The Porongurup Range is 12 kilometres long and is located 24kms from Mt Barker.
There are 4 different walks you can take in the park. The most popular would have to be Castle Rock which has a Granite Skywalk at the top.
It is a 2.2 kilometre walk to the top of castle rock. The first kilometre is a steady incline and the path is wide enough for two people. After that the path becomes narrower, rockier and steeper. During the walk you pass through jarrah and marri forest before reaching the intriguing Balancing Rock.
Once you make it to the top there is a skywalk where you can take in the view of the land down below and see Stirling Ranges in the distance.
3. Food and Wine
Who doesn’t like food or wine? If you are after a good old fashioned meat pie then you can’t go past the Mount Barker Country Bakery. The food is delish and you can always pick up something on the sweeter side.
Love a good coffee? Head to The Grocery Store in the main street. The perfect spot to chill out. Relax outside in the courtyard or pick up the paper and have a read inside the cute cafe. There is also a selection of board games and story books for the kids.
There are plenty of wineries in the region as the cooler climate suits, producing high quality fruit. This in turn makes for some fantastic wines. The wineries also offer food so you can enjoy lunch or just have a little snack.
If you don’t want to travel too far then Plantagenent Wines is locate right in town. Gilberts Wines is a small boutique winery with a very warm and cosy atmosphere. Windrush Wines has a nice outdoor area to explore with old farm equipment. West Cape Howe Wines is the larger and more popular winery. There is also some wonderful sculptures and art to browse.
There are plenty of other wineries in the area that I am yet to check out. Looks like I need to find myself a sober driver and take a wine tour of the region!
4. Wildflower Walks
I love walking in the bush and it is even more exciting when you spot an orchid. There are several walking trails close to town and if you pop into the information center they can tell you the best spots to find wildflowers.
5. The Old Police Station
Take a stroll around The Old Police Station and its gardens. The original Old Police Station was built in 1868 by convicts. In the 1880s the horse stables were divided off as a lockup and a Court House office was added in 1919.
The buildings are full of interesting artefacts of the time. It is a local gem and the tour guides are all volunteers. They will provide you with a detailed tour and their local knowledge is invaluable.
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26 thoughts on “5 Awesome things to do in Mt Barker, WA”
Now there’s a pocket we haven’t explored. Sounds interesting. Great post.
So hard to see everything! If you are back over this way then make sure you check it out.
This looks like a picturesque area in South West Australia. During our travels we really enjoyed the Albany region but didn’t make it inland to Mt Barker. Thanks for sharing this are with us. #TeamLovinLife
I love Albany, such a pretty spot.
One of my best friends from uni moved to Mt Barker with her family, I’ve never visited her there, we meet up in Perth. Thanks for introducing me to where you both about this magnificent part of the state.
I hope she like living in Mt Barker. I would love to move to the country.
Another gorgeous spot in WA. There sure are a lot of them. My list will be long when I get there. I might need a long stay I think! lol #TeamLovinLife
It is such a big state you need lots of time to explore!
Anywhere I can indulge in food and wine is always good.
I love the Balancing Rock – how amazing. Do people try to push it over?
Love the pic of you from above in the stairwell / ladder thingy, it’s great! #teamlovinlife
I tried to push it over but it wouldn’t budge!
We always drive through Mt Barker on the way to Albany and don’t really give it the love it deserves. Although that granite walk is NEVER going to happen – I couldn’t do the Walpole treetop one either – just can’t handle being able to see through the platform and the possibility of plunging to my death!
You can still hike up to the top of castle rock and there is a great look out just below the Skywalk.
We spent some time in the south west during our trip around Oz back in 2001, but sadly I don’t think we got to Mt Barker!
Too hard to see everything! A road trip around oz sounds amazing.
Between you and Life Images By Jill, I’m wishing I spent more time in WA. I’m not sure I could do the skywalk though – I’ll wait for you in the winery. #TeamLovinLife
Sitting by the fire at the winery sounds like a good option to me!
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Hello Anne: I’m #21 on the Loving Live link this week. I’m in Canada and would like to visit Australia towards early 2019. Mt Barker seems like a lovely place. I enjoyed your post and pictures.
I lived in Canada for a while and it is a great place, just a little too cold for me!!! I hope you make to oz, you will love it.
I wish we’d made more of an effort to explore WA when we lived there!
It is difficult when you have small children. Just stick with me and I will show you all the places!
Oh wow! That sky walk on the rocks. Can’t say I’ve ever seen a sky walk on big boulders like that before. That’s pretty cool #teamlovinlife
Would have been a bit of a mission to build it!
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There are few more things can be done while you are in Mount Barker
Bluff Knoll is about 40min drive
Stirling Ranges starts in 30min Drive (Stirling Ranges Road – Unsealed road is a major attraction).
Your accommodation needs at Mount Barker can be looked after by Mount Barker Valley Views Motel which is situated on the Albany Highway. https://goo.gl/maps/W6iLTW7cwwpqUNEBA
I hope that Bluff Knoll recovers from the bush fires soon.
I have also written a blog post about Climbing Bluff Knoll.