Mount Barker, the largest town in the Adelaide Hills, is the major shopping and commerce centre of the region. The township was surveyed soon after settlement and the leafy trees and heritage buildings retain much of the ambience of the past.
Mount Barker was named after Captain Collett Barker who explored parts of the Adelaide Plains prior to settlement.
The village became the important hub of the hills and brisk trade was enjoyed by the local newspaper, flour mill, foundry and other businesses.
The town is currently enjoying rapid expansion from housing and retail development.
Mount Barker is located 40 kms from Adelaide just off the South Eastern Freeway, between Adelaide and Murray Bridge.
Visitors are well catered for with cafes, restaurants and hotels as well as a multitude of speciality shops and other businesses.
There are picnic and BBQ facilities at Keith Stephenson Park.
Mount Barker Summit offers spectacular views. On a clear day you can see Mount Lofty and Lake Alexandrina in the southeast, from the peak's 517 metre elevation above sea level.
Accessed by Springs Road from the town centre or Mount Barker Summit Road from Nairne. A stone cairn on the summit acknowledges the mountain was known as Wommu mu Kutra to the local Aborigines.
Tourist drives around the area take in the picturesque villages surrounding Mount Barker. The heritage town walk documenting some of the historical highlights of Mount Barker is also of interest.
As well there are short country lane walking trails that guide you through nearby areas of interest and lead you back to your car. Ask locally for details.