Mount Barker Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by keeweechic
  • Things to Do
    by keeweechic
  • Things to Do
    by keeweechic

Mount Barker Things to Do

  • Old School House

    The old Napier Creek school building was moved to the complex in 1994. This was a one teacher school and a history of its days in the community is featured on the walls of the schoolroom.

    more
  • Memorabilia

    The Old Police Station Museum complex displays a wide range of memorabilia, from furnishings and artefacts to farming equipment and tools. Old sheds are crammed full of items including a restored Whitchapel buggy.

    more
  • Historic Precinct

    The Plantagenet Historical Society took over the property in 1968 and opened it as a museum in 1971. Several timeframes are depicted throughout the property such as the Convict Era (1867-1869), Police Force (1868-1957, the Perth to Albany Overseas Mail Coach (1879-1888), Post and Telegraph (1871-1890), the Railway Dam (11910-1950) and the Police...

    more
  • The Old Police Station Museum

    The Old Police Station complex is now a museum. It is made up of several buildings including the stables, coach house and living quarters amongst lawn and heritage rose beds.. In 1919 a court house was added. Some of the duties of the local police were to have a change of horses for the mail coach to use when they brought the mail through from...

    more
  • The Lockup

    In 1887, the lockup was an added to the side of the stables out back. Prior to this facility, the local policeman would bring his prisoner back and tie him to a log in the front of the station. The prisoner would stay there all day. At night the prisoner would be moved into the kitchen and his leg secured to the kitchen table.

    more
  • The Old Police Station

    The old Police Station was but in 1867 by convicts and officially opened in 1868. It was built out of local ironstone blocks which were cemented together with mud. Pit sawn timber supported the room and jarrah shingles clad it. The station cottage became the living quarters for the officers and their families after a new station was built. Open Sat...

    more
  • Captain Collet Barker

    Captain Barker was a member of the 39th Regiment. The mount was named after him by Dr Thomas Wilson. There is a memorial on the top of the mount and a directional marker also.

    more
  • The TV Tower

    A 168 metre high TV tower sits on Mt Barker Hill. The steel structure is the tallest free-standing TV tower in the southern hemisphere. It weights around 218 tonnes.

    more
  • The View

    On a clear day you can look out to the Porongurups to the east, the Stirling Ranges north-east and even possibly Wilson’s Inlet at Denmark to the south-west.

    more
  • Mt Barker Summit

    The summit sits above 404 metres above sea level and was climbed by Dr Wilson and his party in 1829. From the top Wilson and his party were able to survey a lot of the surrounding area and determine their next route in their exploration.

    more
  • Train Mural

    Well not really a mural but certainly a depiction of the importance of the railway on the early days of the establishment of Mt Barker. This structure was a 50th Anniversary project in 2005 and was provided by the Rotary Club of Mt Barker.

    more
  • Catch A Movie

    The owners of the property will happily show you through the Yurts. If you like, you can also watch a Mongolian movie and enjoy a cup of coffee for a small fee. They are really comfy looking. You can visit between 9.00am and 5.00pm 7 days.

    more
  • Inside The Yurt

    The size of the Yurts are usually somewhere between 3 and 12metres in diameter. Inside there was some colourfully painted traditional furniture along with the pillars which have a traditional pattern. Also you will see a Mongolian saddle and a horse-head fiddle. Large colourful rugs line the floor for warmth.

    more
  • Mongolian Yurt

    Something you don’t quite expect to see in Mt Barker is an authentic Mongolian Yurt or Ger as it is also known. This was an unexpected surprise while visiting Hutong’s Gallery. A Yurt is a Mongolian nomad’s traditional house which is made up of a wooden frame and usually covered by wool felt. It is designed in such a way to be transportable.

    more
  • Mount Barker Hotel

    A typical Aussie pub in a 100 year old stone and brick building. The hotel offers lunch and dinner in the Sail Inn and takeout is available. There is also a large screen TV for watching horse racing from right around Australia. A TAB is in operation. Attached to the hotel is a bottle shop which carries quite an extensive range of spirits, beer and...

    more
  • Plantagenet Hotel

    The Plantagenet was first known as the Park Hotel and was built somewhere between 1912 and 1914 by a important local farmer and orchardist when the apple industry was booming. A two Storey federation style building, it was and still is, an impressive piece of Mt Barkers history.The Plantagenet Hotel offers both motel and hotel accommodation. The...

    more
  • All Saints Memorial Garden

    Outside the church is a small memorial garden. The names of those resting here are logged in the Sanctuary Memorial Book.

    more
  • All Saints Church

    All saints was built and consecrated in 1900. The church was built of stone and in 1912 a rectory was built adjoining the main building. In 1926 the church had another extension in the form of a brick nave.The church is fairly small and cosy and has some wonderful stained glass windows.

    more
  • Wine Tasting

    You can visit Plantagenet Wines and taste their wines – Rhine Riesling, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Herimitage, frontignan, pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon. A little early in the morning when we sampled but still we found several that we liked. The cellar door is open 7 days, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

    more
  • Plantagenet Wines

    Plantagent Wines was a must visit after I first tasted their Port. Plantagenet planted their first vines in 1968 and produced their first wine in 1972. It didn’t take long before they started wining awards.

    more
  • The Sign Pole

    There is a large sign pole in the carpark area of the old railway buildings. It has been created from four 1906 railway tracks. These are decorated with steel wheels which were collected from old farm tip sites in the area. The pole was designed to represent both the rail and agricultural connections with the past.

    more

Mount Barker Restaurants

  • The Bretzel Cafe & Lunch Bar

    The Bretzel Café is a lunch bar right in the heart of the town. They serve German breads, Sausage rolls, Spelt and Rye Bread, German pastries and cakes.

    more
  • The Old Station Cafe

    The Old Station Café is open for Breakfast and lunch as well as just cake and coffee. They also have a variety of daily specials. Open Tuesday to Wednesday 10.00am – 4.00pm, Friday 10.00am – 4.00pm and for dinner 5.00pm – 8.00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8.30am – 4.00pm.

    more
  • Mount Barker Hotels

    0 Hotels in Mount Barker

Mount Barker Transportation

  • By Bus

    Transwa run buses from Albany to Mt Barker which takes around 40 mins. There is also a bus which runs daily from Perth, taking around 5 hours.

    more
  • Getting There

    You can drive to Mt Barker via the Albany Highway which travels from Perth (359km) in the north, or from Albany (50kms) to the south. The Muirs Hwy comes in from the south east (Denmark 53kms & Manjimup 156km). Albany is nearest biggest town around 50kms to the south.

    more
  • Ask a Question

    Got a question about Mount Barker? Get an answer from our Location locals and frequent travelers

Mount Barker Shopping

  • Georges Books

    George’s Books offers a large range of quality records, books and collectables. They also buy and sell.

    more
  • Hutongs Gallery

    Advertisements and goods on display at the Visitor’s centre enticed me to want to find Hutongs Gallery and I was pleasantly surprised what came along with the Gallery. Inside this small, almost shed, was a wide selection of Chinese wares, brought out from Beijing. Bronze, Jade, cloisonné, stone and wood objects were some of what was on display...

    more
  • Write a Review

    Have you been to Mount Barker? Write about Mount Barker to help travelers.

Mount Barker Local Customs

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo

    by keeweechic Written Jul 7, 2009

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Porongurup Art In the Park
    The Art in the Park exhibition is made up of sculptures set within the bush of the ranges and is held in April.

    Porogonurup Wine Festival
    Set against the backdrop of an ancient range the popular Porongurup Wine Festival promises a great day out… fine wine, local food and produce, live music February/March.

    Related to:
    • Photography
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

    more

Mount Barker Off The Beaten Path

  • Walking Trails

    There are 4 walking trails you can do throughout the park. The Wansbrough Walk covers around 4 kms and will take around 2 hours to complete. The Devils Slide and Marmabup Rock trail covers around 2.5kms and take around 3 hours. You will see beautiful marri, karri and jarrah trees as well as birds and flora.Location : The Porongurups

    more
  • Tree In The Rock

    A short walk from the picnic area on the Nancy Peak Circuit walk is the Tree in the Rock. This is a large karri tree which seems to be literally growing out of a huge nutrient enriched rock crevice. The picnic area is near the parks main entrance which is at the end of Bolganup Dam Rd and provides free gas bbq’s.Location: The Porongurups

    more
  • Nature Lovers

    The ranges are a popular spot for Botanists, birdwatchers and photographers. There are some 78 different species of birdlife in the ranges. During the season, there is also around 700 different species of flowers to be found there. Backpack camping is allowed in just a few areas of the park. The park Ranger will be able to tell you where.Location: ...

    more

Instant Answers: Mount Barker

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

73 travelers online now

Comments

 
Explore Deeper into Mount Barker
Granite Rock
Off The Beaten Path
The Porongurups
Off The Beaten Path
A Railway Landmark
Things to Do
Its Purpose
Things to Do
Local Crafts
Things to Do
Mount Barker Visitor Centre
Things to Do
Map of Mount Barker

View all Mount Barker hotels