Mount Barker Summit Walk
Peramangk Country

10 min to 15 min

570 m

↑ 27 m
↓ -27 m

Moderate track
Starting from the car park at the end of Mount Summit Road, Mount Barker Summit, this walk takes you to the summit of Mount Barker and back via the Mount Barker Summit Walk. Mount Barker Summit Reserve is one of the most important conservation areas in the region, protecting valuable biodiversity, including threatened plant and animal species, and lies within the home country of the Peramangk and the Ngarrindjeri people. This short hike follows a relatively easy trail to the summit of Mount Barker, passing a lookout area with picnic tables before reaching the summit, which has a stone cairn identifying it as an ancient burial site. From an elevation of 517 metres, the summit provides panoramic views of the surrounding area, including Mount Lofty to the northwest, the township of Mount Barker and the Cream Bowl to the west, Lake Alexandrina and Coorong to the south and the Bremer Valley to the east. This walk consists of narrow walking trails, with some gentle hills, steps and uneven natural surfaces, suitable for average fitness levels. Let us begin by acknowledging the Peramangk people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-35.0663805,138.921181)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom South Eastern Freeway, Mount Barker District Council.
  • Turn on to then drive for 610 m
  • Keep right and drive toward Nairne, Blakiston and drive for another 60 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Bald Hills Road and drive for another 1.3 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Old Princes Highway and drive for another 960 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Princes Highway and drive for another 155 m
  • Turn right onto Market Place and drive for another 660 m
  • Turn right onto Britannia Road and drive for another 760 m
  • Turn left onto Matthew Smillie Drive and drive for another 20 m
  • Turn right onto Summit Road and drive for another 2.6 km
  • Turn sharp right onto Mount Summit Road and drive for another 35 m
  • Turn left onto Mount Summit Road and drive for another 940 m
  • Turn right onto Mount Summit Road and drive for another 50 m
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
After 160 m come to the viewpoint (about 20 m ahead).
After another 130 m come to "Mount Barker".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 285 m to get back to the start.
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Mount Barker Summit Walk

Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 570 m
Time 10 min to 15 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)
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