The roundabout outside the Mount Barker High School
|Elevation:||360 m (1,181 ft)|
|Property Value:||AUD $285,000|
|Location:||40 km (25 mi) from Adelaide|
|State District:||Kavel, Heysen|
Mount Barker is a rapidly expanding city, home to more than 10,000 residents that is 40 kilometres up the South Eastern Freeway, east of Adelaide, in South Australia. Inches redirects here To see the Les Savy Fav album see Inches. Hahndorf is a small town about 30 minutes drive out of Adelaide, South Australia along the Princes Highway. Nairne is a small township in South Australia and was founded by Matthew Smillie in 1839 Echunga is a small town in the Adelaide Hills located 34 km south-east of Adelaide in South Australia. Callington is a small town in the Adelaide Hills, in South Australia. Macclesfield is a small town on the upper reaches of the River Angas in the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia. Strathalbyn is a town in South Australia in the Alexandrina Council. Langhorne Creek ( is a town and Wine region in South Australia. The kilometre ( American spelling: kilometer) symbol km is a unit of Length in the Metric system, equal to one thousand The South Eastern Freeway is a 66 kilometre four-lane divided carriageway road in South Australia linking the Adelaide-Crafers Highway to the Princes Highway Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia, and is the fifth largest city in Australia with a South Australia is a state of Australia in the southern central part of the country It is the seat of the District Council of Mount Barker, and is the largest town in the Adelaide Hills, and is one of the fastest growing areas in the state. The District Council of Mount Barker is a Local Government Area centred on the town of Mount Barker just outside of the Adelaide The Adelaide Hills are part of the Mount Lofty Ranges, east of the city of Adelaide in the state of South Australia. Mount Barker is close enough to Adelaide that many people commute there on a daily basis, although it is far enough away from the city that people call it "The Country".
Mount Barker lies at the base of a local mountain of the same name, called the Mount Barker summit by locals. Mount Barker is a Mountain just outside of the town of Mount Barker in South Australia. It is 50 kilometres from the Murray River. The Murray River, or River Murray and sometimes informally referred to as the "Mighty Murray" is Australia 's largest River. Mount Barker was traditionally a farming area, and many of the lots just outside the town area are farming lots, although some of them have been replaced with new subdivisions in recent times.
The Mount Barker Summit was first discovered by Captain Collet Barker in 1830, but he was killed by Aborigines in 1831, so Captain Charles Sturt named Mount Barker after him when he founded it in 1834. Collet Barker ( 31 December 1784 - 30 April 1831) was a military officer and explorer explored areas of South Australia, Western Captain Charles Napier Sturt (28 April 1795 – 16 June 1869 was an English explorer of Australia, part of the European Exploration of Australia
Mount Barker is well serviced, with a recently upgraded Police station, a Country Fire Service station, the Adelaide Hills State Emergency Service centre, an Ambulance station, and five bus routes. The South Australia Police ( SAPOL) is the Police force of the Australian state of South Australia. About the CFS The Country Fire Service (CFS is the volunteer combatant authority for Firefighting, road crash and hazardous materials in the country A State Emergency Service is an Australian volunteer organisation that provides emergency help during and after declared (natural or otherwise disasters The SA Ambulance Service is a Government Department under SA Health that is the sole provider of emergency ambulance transport clinical care and patient transport services to over 1
Mount Barker is in the federal division of Mayo, and the state electoral districts of Kavel and Heysen, with most of the town in Kavel, and only the south-eastern portion of the town in Heysen. The Division of Mayo is an Australian Electoral Division located in the hills east of Adelaide, South Australia and currently includes the towns of Members for Kavel Heysen is an electoral district of the House of Assembly in the Australian state of South Australia.
Mount Barker was first sighted by Captain Charles Sturt in 1830, although he thought he was looking at the previously discovered Mount Lofty. Captain Charles Napier Sturt (28 April 1795 – 16 June 1869 was an English explorer of Australia, part of the European Exploration of Australia Mount Lofty ( elevation 727 metres AHD) is the highest point in the Mount Lofty Ranges east of Adelaide in South Australia. Captain Collet Barker fixed this error when he surveyed the area in 1831. Collet Barker ( 31 December 1784 - 30 April 1831) was a military officer and explorer explored areas of South Australia, Western Sturt named the mountain in honour of Captain Barker after he was killed later that year by Aborigines, at the Murray Mouth. Murray Mouth ( is the point at which the River Murray meets the Southern Ocean.  The mountain was officially recognised by King William in 1834, two years before the colonisation of South Australia in 1836, and three years before the mountain was finally climbed in 1837, when five men rode to the top to check out South Australia. William IV (William Henry 21 August 1765 &ndash 20 June 1837 was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of Hanover from 26 June 1830 until
Mount Barker was first surveyed in 1839 by Duncan McFarlane, who was hoping the area could be used for wheat and grain farming. The land was divided into lots of 80 acres, although farmers didn't settle until 1844, when John Dunn built the first steam flour mill outside of Adelaide. The flour mill ran for 50 years and is now a tourist attraction. All of the towns major buildings were built soon afterwards, with a post office (now replaced) in 1860 and a police station (also replaced) that was built in 1878. In 1883, the railway line from Adelaide to Strathalbyn was laid, but that line is now discontinued, with the line terminating short of Balhannah, and is used by the SteamRanger historic railway. Balhannah is a town in the Adelaide Hills about 30 km southeast of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia.
Mount Barker was originally home to the Peramangk Aboriginal people. The Peramangk were an Indigenous Australian people whose traditional lands were primarily located in Adelaide Hills but also in the southern stretches of the Indigenous Australians are descendants of the first known human inhabitants of the Australian continent and its nearby islands. The Ngarrindjeri people from the east also used the Summit for ceremonial and burial sites. The Ngarrindjeri is the language and traditional Aboriginal people of the lower Murray River and western Fleurieu Peninsula, Australia. The Mount Barker Summit is a significant Aboriginal area, and may be one of the most sacred sites near Adelaide.  In 1984 the Ngarrindjeri people tried to prevent the building of a police communications tower, and in 1987 they also tried to stop the Telecom tower, although both attempts were not successful.
Mount Barker has since developed into a large urban centre, which is developing very rapidly. The Mount Barker district council is the area that experienced the fourth largest growth between 1996 and 2006 in South Australia, with an increase of 3,800 new residents (3% growth per year). Mount Barker is ranked fifth for fastest growth in South Australia.  During the last 10 years, many new subdivisions have been developed, such as Martin-Dale and Waterford. During this period, there has also been an economic boom in Mount Barker and a number of additional malls and shopping centres, such as the recently completed Adelaide Hills Home-maker Centre, with a radio rentals, a Harvey Norman, the new offices for the District Council of Mount Barker. The District Council of Mount Barker is a Local Government Area centred on the town of Mount Barker just outside of the Adelaide There have also recently been lodged plans for a new shopping centre, which will feature a major department store larger than 4,000 m 2. 
Several new developments in Mount Barker that were in the planning stage in 2007. The largest plan awaiting a decision from the council is a new 1000 home subdivision in the town's south.  There is an increasing problem with the infrastructure of the town, with the District Council of Mount Barker attempting to convince the State Government to fund a new freeway exit on the South Eastern Freeway, which goes from Adelaide to Murray Bridge, and is the only major road to service the area. The District Council of Mount Barker is a Local Government Area centred on the town of Mount Barker just outside of the Adelaide The form of the Government of South Australia is prescribed in its Constitution which dates from 1856 although it has been amended many times since then The South Eastern Freeway is a 66 kilometre four-lane divided carriageway road in South Australia linking the Adelaide-Crafers Highway to the Princes Highway
Mount Barker is located on the plains surrounding the Mount Barker Summit, about 2 km west of the mountain itself, at . Mount Barker is a Mountain just outside of the town of Mount Barker in South Australia. Mount Barker is south east of Mount Lofty and Adelaide. Mount Lofty ( elevation 727 metres AHD) is the highest point in the Mount Lofty Ranges east of Adelaide in South Australia. Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia, and is the fifth largest city in Australia with a It is to the north of the The Coorong, and the west of Murray Bridge. Coorong is a national park and lagoon ecosystem in South Australia ( Australia) 156 km southeast of Adelaide. Murray Bridge (post code 5253 is the fourth most populous City in South Australia after Adelaide, Mount Gambier and Whyalla. Mount Barker is at an elevation of 360 m.
The city is just south of the freeway from Adelaide to Murray Bridge (and Melbourne). Melbourne ( is the second most populous city in Australia, with a Metropolitan area population of approximately 3 Its four major roads form a star that reaches out of the town. To the west of the town there is the industrial area, and the Laratinga Wetlands. North of the wetlands there are the subdivisions Martindale, Waterford and Dalmeny Park. Subdivision is the act of dividing land into pieces that are easier to sell or otherwise develop usually via a Plat. The wetland is fed by the Mount Barker Creek that goes from Keith Stevenson Park to the wetlands, right next to the linear trail.
Mount Barker is about 4 km west of the local mountain, Mount Barker. Mount Barker is a Mountain just outside of the town of Mount Barker in South Australia. The mountain is called the Mount Barker summit by locals.
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Mount Barker is generally cooler than Adelaide, with a mean maximum temperature of 19. 9 degrees and a mean minimum temperature of 8 degrees. The average rainfall for the year is 765. 2 mm.  Mount Barker is typically the driest during February, with an average of only 25. 5 mm of rain, with July usually producing the most rain, with an average rainfall of 105. 4 mm.
Mount Barker is typically between 2 and 3 degrees cooler than Adelaide, which has an average temperature of 22. 2 degrees, and it gets more than 200 mm more rain (on average) than Adelaide.
Mount Barker has an above average number of females, with 52. 7% of the population female, and only 47. 3% male, compared with the national averages of 50. 6% female and 49. 4% male.  Mount Barker has a below average population age of 34 compared to the national average of 37. Mount Barker has more married people than the national average with 50% of people married compared to the national average of 49. 6%.
Most people that live in the city were born in Australia, with 8,274 people who live in Mount Barker born in Australia. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. Other common places of birth include England (682), Germany (87), Netherlands (79), New Zealand (78) and Scotland (75).  Of the people living in Mount Barker, 9,426 of them only speak English at home (91. 9%), 84 speak German at home, 67 Italian, 24 Dutch, 13 speak Afrikaans at home and 12 people spoke Indonesian.
Overall, Mount Barker is generally less multicultural than other areas of the country, with 80. 7% of people from the city being Australian, compared to the national average of 70. 9%. This lack of other cultures is also apparent in the spoken language, with 91. 9% of people from Mount Barker only speaking English at home compared to the national average of 78. 5%. 
Mount Barker has a growing economy with new shopping centres and other businesses, as well as a growing population. There are plans for another shopping centre and for Mount Barker Central to be expanded. There are several new housing developments in the city that are in the planning stage at the moment. The largest plan that is still awaiting a decision from the council is a new 1000 home subdivision in the towns south.  The average income for residents of Mount Barker is $460 per week per person, down only $6 per week from the national average.
Mount Barker is the largest town in the Adelaide Hills, with more than 10,000 people. It is the home of a number of different businesses including five shopping centres, four supermarkets and many restaurants, cafés and fast food outlets. Mount Barker also has many recreational activities available such as walking trails and a cinema.
Mount Barker has five shopping centres, Mount Barker Central, also known as The Bilo Mall is the largest and oldest, containing a Coles (Previously BI-LO), a Kmart and more than 50 speciality shops. Coles Supermarkets is an Australian supermarket chain owned by Wesfarmers (formerly Coles Group before its acquisition on 23 November BI-LO is a major Australian supermarket chain owned by Wesfarmers (formerly Coles Group) Kmart Australia is a discount department store chain that operates in Australia (and New Zealand trading as Kmart New Zealand  Mount Barker Village is a smaller shopping centre based around the Foodland supermarket. Foodland is an Australian Supermarket brand with over one hundred locations primarily in South Australia and the Northern Territory. It has fewer speciality shops although it does have a playground. Mount Barker Plaza which contains another Coles supermarket that was around before the one in Mount Barker Central was converted from a BI-LO. The Woolworths Complex is not really a shopping centre as such, but is just a Woolworths and a few small shops nearby.
The most recent shopping centre is the Adelaide Hills Homemaker Centre. It replaces some old industrial buildings near the St Francis de Sales college that were bulldozed in 2003. This industrial site also was used as the meatworks in the movie The Honorable Wally Norman. The Honourable Wally Norman is a 2003 Australian Comedy Film directed by Ted Emery. This shopping centre has a Harvey Norman, a Radio Rentals, about ten speciality shops, and a multi-story office block what is to become the new home for the Mount Barker Council in the next few months.
Mount Barker has numerous activities that are available. There is the Linear Trail that starts at Keith Stephenson Park which has a lake, a playground and also the skate park. The Mount Barker lawn bowls club is just across the road from Keith Stephenson Park. The linear trail goes to the Laratinga Wetlands, and is a total length of about 3km. There are also many walking trails and a few barbecues at the Laratinga Wetlands.
Just up the hill from Keith Stephenson Park is the Mount Barker Wallis Cinema. Wallis Cinemas is a South Australian company that operates cinema complexes cinemas and drive-ins in the city of Adelaide and its suburbs The cinema has seven screens, all with full Dolby Digital surround and wheelchair access. Dolby Digital is the marketing name for a series of lossy audio compression technologies developed by Dolby The cinema is partially underground, with only about three rows of seats raised above ground level, and the rest is below. The cinema is right next to the Auchendorroch House restaurant. 
Mount Barker has two ovals, the Mount Barker oval, right next to The Recreation Centre, where the Mount Barker Show is held, as well as local HFL footy matches. The Hills Football League is an Australian rules football amateur league situated in the foothills of Adelaide. Australian (rules football, or simply known as football, footy or Aussie rules, is a Team sport played between two teams of 18 players The other oval is Dunn Park, which is located near Cornerstone College and the caravan park, although it is not used much any more. A recreational vehicle park (RV park or caravan park is a place where people with Recreational vehicles can stay overnight or longer in alloted spaces known as pitches The various schools in the area also have their own ovals. Mount Barker also has a single public swimming pool, located near the caravan park. Entrance is $5. 00 (AUD), and it is open from September to May. The Australian dollar ( sign: $; code: AUD) is the Currency of the Commonwealth of Australia, including Christmas
Mount Barker has a single 18-hole, 5,614m golf course that is near the residential area on Bald Hills Road. The golf course is a par 70, and costs $22. 00 for a 18 hole match.  Mount Barker is also home to the SteamRanger historic railway which operates The Southern Encounter steam trains through Strathalbyn and Goolwa to Victor Harbor. SteamRanger is a historic train society in South Australia running trains on the Victor Harbor railway line. Strathalbyn is a town in South Australia in the Alexandrina Council. Goolwa is a historic river port on the Murray River near the Murray Mouth in South Australia, and joined by a bridge to Hindmarsh Island. Victor Harbor is a city located on the coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, located 80km south of Adelaide, South Australia.
Mount Barker has a single local newspaper, The Courier that is published weekly on Wednesdays. It won SA's Best Regional Newspaper in 2006, and is "The newspaper of the Adelaide Hills since 1880". . There is also the Adelaide Hills transmission of the local radio station, Power FM, which transmits on 100. Power FM (call sign 5EZY) is a tri-band South Australian radio station broadcasting in the Adelaide Hills (100 3 FM.
The main way to Adelaide is via the Freeway. Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia, and is the fifth largest city in Australia with a The South Eastern Freeway is a 66 kilometre four-lane divided carriageway road in South Australia linking the Adelaide-Crafers Highway to the Princes Highway Many people use this road to get to work in the city every day. The local government has been lobbying to the state and federal governments to fund another freeway exit, because the current one is almost at capacity.
Mount Barker has many services available. The Mount Barker Police station was recently upgraded, as was the Country Fire Service station, which is one of the busiest in the state. The South Australia Police ( SAPOL) is the Police force of the Australian state of South Australia. About the CFS The Country Fire Service (CFS is the volunteer combatant authority for Firefighting, road crash and hazardous materials in the country Mount Barker has a library adjacent to the cinema and the skate park, which has Internet access. There is also a post office which shares the same building as the doctors centre, adjacent to Mount Barker Central. | industry = Post | products = Postal service, Office supplies, Greeting cards | revenue = $4
Mount Barker has an Ambulance Station and a hospital on Wellington Road, as well as the Adelaide Hills State Emergency Service unit which is one of the busiest in the state. The SA Ambulance Service is a Government Department under SA Health that is the sole provider of emergency ambulance transport clinical care and patient transport services to over 1 A State Emergency Service is an Australian volunteer organisation that provides emergency help during and after declared (natural or otherwise disasters 
Adelaide Metro provides daily bus services from Mount Barker to Adelaide and back, including via surrounding hills districts such as Hahndorf (via Mount Barker Road) or an express route via the freeway. Adelaide Metro is the Public transport system of the South Australian capital of Adelaide and the Brand name of the Public Transport Division Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia, and is the fifth largest city in Australia with a There are also buses to surrounding hills districts such as Aldgate and Strathalbyn , as well as two loop buses. The local council also provides a to-your-door service for the elderly.
All of the Mount Barker buses (and the Strathalbyn buses) connect at stop 63B. The council has planned for a Park and Ride for this stop, to ease traffic congestion and parking. The District Council of Mount Barker is a Local Government Area centred on the town of Mount Barker just outside of the Adelaide Park and ride (or incentive parking) facilities are Public transport stations that allow commuters and other people wishing to travel into 
Mount Barker has four high schools, Mount Barker High School, Cornerstone College, which is run by the Lutheran Church of Australia, St Francis de Sales College that is Catholic and Mount Barker Waldorf School which implements Waldorf Education. There is also Cornerstone University, a non-denominational Christian liberal arts college located on the east side of Grand Rapids Michigan Cornerstone The Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA is the major Lutheran denomination in Australia, it also has a presence in New Zealand. St Francis de Sales College is a Catholic co-educational school in Mount Barker South Australia. Catholic is an Adjective derived from the Greek adjective '' / 'katholikos' meaning "whole" or "complete". Mount Barker Waldorf School is a private school located in the Adelaide Hills, roughly 40km East of Adelaide, South Australia. Waldorf education (also known as Steiner or Steiner-Waldorf education is a Pedagogy based upon the Educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, the founder All of these schools are co-educational. Overall about 1500 - 2000 school students, from Mount Barker, as well as many of the surrounding towns, such as Nairne, Littlehampton and Strathalbyn, are serviced by these high schools.
Mount Barker also has two primary schools, the Mount Barker South Primary School and St Marks Primary School, also a Lutheran school. Both St Francis and Waldorf do high school and primary school.