Mount Barker Summit Loop

30 min to 45 min
15 min to 25 min

1.7 km
circuit

↑ 71 m
↓ -71 m

Moderate track
Starting from the car park at the end of Mount Summit Road, Mount Barker Summit, this walk takes you on a circuit around Mount Barker Summit, then leads to the summit and back. This relatively easy hike initially follows a short loop around the summit of Mount Barker, winding around the hill through silver banksia, manna gums and blue gums. Once back at the car park, the hike follows an easy trail to Mount Barker Summit, passing a lookout area with picnic tables before reaching the summit. From an elevation of 517 metres, the summit provides views of the township of Mount Barker, as well as Mount Lofty in the northwest, the Bremer Valley in the east and as far south as the Coorong. This loop consists of narrow dirt trails, suitable for moderate fitness levels, with some uneven surfaces, natural obstacles, steps and gentle hills. Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a leash. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
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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.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of The Long Way Around & Mount Summit Road (-35.0666708,138.9215253)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom South Eastern Freeway, M1, Mount Barker District Council.
  • Turn on to then drive for 610 m
  • Keep right 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 4 m
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Track Notes
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Turn map Directions & comments
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This is the track that takes you directly to Mount Barker. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn around when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
At the intersection of The Long Way Around & Mount Summit Road Start heading along The Long Way Around (a walking track).
Find the car park at the start.
After another 1.6 km turn left, to head along The Long Way Around.
After another 35 m veer left.
After another 105 m come to the end.

This is the track that takes you directly to Mount Barker.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Mount Summit Road & The Long Way Around Start heading along Mount Summit Road (a vehicle track).
After 205 m come to the viewpoint (about 20 m ahead).
After another 130 m come to "Mount Barker".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 330 m to the main route.
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Mount Barker Summit Loop


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1.7 km
Time 30 min to 45 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 Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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