Mount Barker

St Werburgh's, Ken Stepnell

Population 1760

Mount Barker lies in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, with the Stirling Range to the north and the Porongurups to the east. The area was settled by Europeans in the 1830s. Vineyards were first established here in the late 1960s. Today, Mount Barker is a major wine-producing area.

Visitor Information

Old Railway Station, Albany Hwy; (08) 9851 1163

Nearby national parks

  • Porongurup National Park

    The Porongurup Range, a 40-minute drive north of Albany, is renowned for its stark granite domes and unusual rock formations that rise up...more

  • Stirling Range National Park

    Surrounded by a flat, sandy plain, the Stirling Range rises abruptly to over 1000 metres, its jagged peaks sometimes veiled in swirling...more

  • West Cape Howe National Park

    The 20-kilometre coastline protected by this national park includes rugged headlands, dramatic granite and dolerite cliffs, isolated beaches...more

Nearby towns

  • Cranbrook

    The small town of Cranbrook greets travellers with a large sign announcing that it is the 'Gateway to the Stirlings'. A mere 10 kilometres...more

  • Albany

    Albany, a picturesque city on Western Australia's south coast, is the site of the state's first European settlement. On Boxing Day 1826,...more

  • Denmark WA

    Denmark lies at the foot of Mt Shadforth, overlooking the tranquil Denmark River and Wilson Inlet. It is surrounded by forests of towering...more

In Town

Old Police Station and Gaol: built by convicts in 1867–68, it is now a museum of memorabilia; open 10am–4pm Sat–Sun, Mon–Sun during school holidays, or by appt; Albany Hwy, north of town.

Banksia Farm: complete collection of banksia and dryandra species; guided tours daily, closed July; Pearce Rd; (08) 9851 1770.


Porongurup National Park This is a park of dramatic contrasts, from stark granite outcrops and peaks to lush forests of magnificent karri trees. Many unusual rock formations, such as Castle Rock and Balancing Rock, make the range a fascinating place for bush rambles. The Tree in the Rock, a mature karri, extends its roots down through a crevice in a granite boulder. 24 km E.

Great Southern wine region This region produces impressive riesling, chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon and shiraz. Contact visitor centre for map.

Lookout and TV tower: easily pinpointed on the summit of Mt Barker by 168 m high television tower, it offers panoramic views of the area from the Stirling Ranges to Albany; 5 km SW.

St Werburgh's Chapel: small mud-walled chapel (1872) overlooking Hay River Valley; 12 km SW.

Kendenup: historic town, location of WA's first gold find; 16 km E.

Porongurup: hosts Wine Summer Festival each Mar and boasts many small wineries; 24 km E.

Mount Barker Heritage Trail: 30 km drive tracing the development of the Mount Barker farming district; contact visitor centre for map.

Stirling Range National Park: 80 km NE; see Cranbrook.

Fishing spots near town

Albany 52 km

Albany, about five hours’ drive south of Perth, is most famous for being the home of the last Australian whaling station. But talk to tackle store owner Jim Allen and you soon realise there is more to Albany than... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Cycling tours 46 km

Denmark Bike Adventures hires bikes and recommends a couple of cycling tours, including a hike–bike combination in which you can walk a section of the Bibbulmun Track (see Hiking below), then hop on a bike to cycle... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Porongurup Village Inn, Shop & Tearooms

About ten minutes east of Mount Barker, these tearooms are located at the entrance of Porongurup Range National Park. Established in 1937, the general store incorporates the tearooms and holds about 40 people. Serving... Find out more

The Vineyard Cafe

The Vineyard Cafe’s hilltop setting offers sensational views of the vineyard and valley below. Windrush Wines complement the delicious tasting plates and light gourmet lunches served here. Also available are... Find out more

Campsites around town

Moingup Springs camping area 46 km

Moingup Springs camping area is on Chester Pass Rd, 76 km north-east of Albany. It has a good range of facilities in an area of breathtaking beauty that is very popular with hikers and climbers. Bring in a gas/fuel... Find out more

Torbay Inlet camping area 46 km

A very small camping area with basic facilities for self-sufficient campers, Torbay Inlet is surrounded by coastal scrub. The site is 28 km west of Albany via Lower Denmark, Perkins Beach and Torbay Inlet rds. A prime... Find out more

Big4 Albany Gardens Holiday Resort 46 km

Albany Gardens Holiday Resort is located in Wellington Street Albany, 1 km north of the post office. It offers visitors a good range of facilities for campers and activities for families including swimming pool, tennis... Find out more

Lake Poorrarecup camping area 46 km

Water-based activities abound at Lake Poorrarecup, 13 km east of Frankland on the Frankland–Cranbrook Rd. Boating, canoeing, waterskiing and sailing are just some of the diversions available to pass the time away... Find out more

Cosy Corner (east) camping area 48 km

A secluded camping area near the foreshore, the cutely named Cosy Corner has 10 sites scattered around the trees in a coastal scrub environment. Off Cosy Corner Rd via Lower Denmark Rd, 30 km west of Albany, it is a good... Find out more

Bibbulmun Track camping areas – Southern Section 48 km

The Bibbulmun Track traverses some of the south west's most scenic and beautiful areas for some 963 kilometres from the Perth suburb of Kalamunda to Albany. The southern section begins at Donelly River Village, a private... Find out more

Nullaki camping area 49 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Nullaki camping area is 31.5 km from William Bay camping area and 16.5 km from West Cape Howe camping area. Bring a gas/fuel stove as no fires are permitted.... Find out more

Torbay camping area 50 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Torbay camping area is 16.4 km from West Cape Howe camping area and 12 km from Muttonbird camping area. Bring a gas/fuel stove as no fires are permitted.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Kalgan River Chalets and Caravan Park 45 km

Situated 11 km east of Albany on the Kalgan River, this park suits travellers looking for plenty of space. There are large sites and big rigs can be accommodated. Its features include canoes for hire, a nine-hole golf... Find out more

BIG4 Albany Gardens Holiday Resort 46 km

The closest park to the centre of Albany, this is a good quality place with a well-stocked shop, a tennis court and a native animal enclosure. The park is in a quiet, off-the-main-road position, well protected from the... Find out more

Denmark Rivermouth Caravan Park 46 km

This popular park is located right on the water, a short 1-km walk from the town. This is a basic holiday park at a competitive price. The boat ramp adjoins the park. Bookings are required in peak times and a... Find out more

BIG4 Emu Beach Holiday Park 48 km

This quality, popular beachside park is 7 km from the centre of Albany. It has a wide range of facilities including minigolf. Bookings are necessary and minimum-stay periods apply at Christmas, Easter and long weekends.... Find out more

Big 4 Middleton Beach Holiday Park 49 km

A great place for a holiday, this quality park has a fabulous position and fronts onto 500 metres of a popular swimming beach. Just 3 km from the Albany post office, it has good amenities and a range of facilities... Find out more

Cheynes Beach Caravan Park 73 km

Cheynes Beach is an extremely picturesque coastal village. The large caravan park is a short walk to the beach and well protected from the elements. It is very popular and bookings are required at Christmas, Easter and... Find out more

Coalmine Beach Holiday Park 94 km

This is a large tourist park, situated near an inlet, with good amenities and a range of facilities. The Valley of the Giants is nearby, as are some good fishing spots. Bookings are required in peak periods and... Find out more

Rest Point Holiday Village 95 km

This is an ideal holiday park in an informal setting, located on the water’s edge just 5 km from the town. The park has newly developed sites and amenities. Bookings are required from December to April.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Karribank Country Retreat

Do as the genteel folk once did and escape to the country at the Karribank Country Retreat. With the option of staying in the homestead or the self-contained chalet, the retreat caters to couples, families and groups.... Find out more

Kendenup Lodge & Cottages

Although the township is only a few minutes’ drive away, The Kendenup Lodge and Cottages are set on hectares of unspoilt bush and feel like a remote outback stay. The Great Stirling Range looms in the distance, and... Find out more

The Sleeping Lady

Guests will slumber soundly at The Sleeping Lady while surrounded by grounds reminiscent of the English countryside. The two-bedroom cottage has the right mix of character and modern conveniences, with its fully equipped... Find out more

Cloud Nine Spa Chalets

With views overlooking the magnificent Stirling Ranges, both of the Cloud Nine Spa Chalets, Arcadia and Eden, offer well-priced up-market accommodation for couples, groups and families. The chalets are contemporary in... Find out more

Stirling Range Retreat

The Stirling Range Retreat offers a range of accommodation, from chalets, cabins, dormitory rooms, caravans and camping. There is also a choice of activities to suit all tastes, including admiring the magnificent... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Sturdee Road rest area 12 km

11km SE of Kojonup (R) or 92km N of Mt Barker (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

King River park area 41 km

11km NE of Albany (R) or 167km SW of Jerramungup (L)

Small area just off the highway among some large trees on the banks of the river.

Denmark park area 46 km

At Denmark

Just off the highway on the banks of a river.

Greens Pool park area 59 km

T/O 52km E of Walpole (R) or 14km W of Denmark (L)

On the foreshore in William Bay National Park. Located 4km south of the highway via William Bay Rd.

Normans Beach camping area 60 km

T/O 38km NE of Albany (R) or 140km SW of Jerramungup (L)

Very small area on the foreshore, 11km (partly unsealed) east of the highway.

Rocky Gully park area 61 km

At Rocky Gully

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Tunney Road rest area 64 km

38km SE of Kojonup (L) or 65km NW of Mt Barker (R)

Just off the highway among trees.

Parry Beach camping area 65 km

T/O 43km E of Walpole (R) or 23km W of Denmark (L)

On the foreshore among dense coastal vegetation 6km south of the highway.

Green Range rest area 65 km

73km NE of Albany (L) or 105km SW of Jerramungup (R)

Just off the highway among some trees.

Frankland River rest area 72 km

77km W of Mt Barker (R) or 84km E of Manjimup (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Walpole park area 94 km

At Walpole

Near the information centre in the middle of town.

Lake Muir park area 96 km

102km W of Mt Barker (L) or 59km E of Manjimup (R)

Just off the highway at the observatory.

What's on around town

Mount Barker D'Vine Wine Festival: Jan.

Mount Barker Wildflower Festival: Sept/Oct.

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