Back in 1980 the Western Australian government were printing a map of the 'new' wine industry so we had to come up with a name for this. Galafrey Wines is a family owned business, our surname ˜Tyrer w...
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Hiya- I am writing this post to give people a better idea of what is available in my hometown. As a tourism town we are often overlooked for Albany and Denmark. I also get frustrated as most people don't know what's available in town so wanted to write a post about a few touristy things. Please note these are my opinions only and I am not linked to any tourism organisation.
There are so many bush walks in town. Too many to list so I am just gonna mention a few.
Granite Skywalk- probably the most well-known. Great facilitates at the car park. Approx. 2 hours walk steep hill. Lots of rest points. 2 lookouts at the top. Extremely beautiful and well worth the effort
Bluff Knoll- technically not in Mount Barker area but often associated with so I am including it. This is a harder walk 3-4 hours up hill 1 hr back down. Take the whole morning to do it and you need to be somewhat fit. Great Café near by Bluff Knoll Café- lovely owners, sit down and enjoy a bite to eat or coffee. Also, great caravan park Stirling Range Retreat to stay nearby. Another great Caravan park is Mt Trio Bush Camp.
Porongurup- Devils Slide. This is an easy bush walk taking in the beautiful trees and outlook. Be warn- there are two walks here- one to the left- is worth a quick look to see the tree in the rock however if you continue this track it's a 3-4 walk. Good thing about that walk it is relatively even as oppose to a straight up hill walk. This one takes you around to devil slides. Or just turn right a car park easy short walk to devils' slide. Great look out and walk.
Mount Barker Hill Lookout- technically not a walk but this is great for those who can not do a large walk. Simply drive up to the Mount Barker hill, short walk to lookout and take in the views all the way to Albany. Easy and beautiful- THIS IS A MUST!
Wildflower walks- there are plenty but there is an easy one just past the hospital there is a car bay with a bush fire track gate- simply wondering up the track and there are heaps of local wildflowers to look out. Great small walk.
And I am sure there are many more I haven't mention. Simply check out the …for more details
Who knew but Barker has a few vintage shops great for a Saturday morning fossick. Both are in the main street down near the bottom pub. One in the old Bank Building has some much stuff including lots of books and records. In fact, in you like records check it out. There are all sorts in this shop. My Fav is the vintage glassware. It's called Georges books records and collectables.
Across the street is Coco's Collectables which has lots of homewares style vintage. Again, a large shop with so much to offer. We also have 2 op shops- Red Cross and Anglican Op Shop. Small but who knows what's in there.
Plus, while not vintage but Gardening Strike me Pink is worth a mention. All sorts of garden pots, furniture, arty things, plants and trees. Another great shop to browse.
So many Art options and even more during Arts Trail in Sept/Oct School Holidays
The library has a great art collection. Technically it is the Shires and display at the library and shire foyer. Free to enter and look. Some famous artist names too. Well worth the look. Shire foyer has free WIFI and is in centre of town too!! Here is the collection online.
The Plantagenet Art Council often has exhibitions at the Mitchell House. 9x5 exhibition is a major attraction as is arts trail and Plantagenet Art Prize. If something is on well worth the look
The Great Southern produces approx. 30% of WA production and most of that is grown in Frankland and Mount Barker. There is a heap of cellar doors open and I will break down into open daily and open weekend only
This is one of the best Historical Museums in the state. And take a good 4 or so hours to see it. There is lots to see regarding our history and you are guided throu by a local volunteer. Bremer Bay also has a great but smaller history museum. This is well worth a look! Weekend only
6.The Mount Barker Bakery
Does this really need a mention? It is sooo popular. The Mt Barker Bakery have won many awards and have something for everyone- coffee, cakes, pies, bread and so on. I often get my bread there and love the artisan sour dough loaf. Excellent hours of 6am-6pm but by 3 most things are gone for the day. So, get in early.
Plantagenet Butchers- while you can't eat there you can grab local produce and takeaway to the nearest BBQ. They also have a range of local provedore like Porongurup Pure cheese, real milk, fermented products, smoked meats etc. Recommended.
7.St. Werburgh's Chapel
A short drive from town St Werburgh's Chapel. A historic landmark featuring a chapel and graveyard. Great picturesque spot and the drive there equally good. I love this drive during wattle season (sept) as it is extra beautiful. Self-guided.
Depending on when you are in the area there is so many events to take in. Here are a few
Grapes and Gallops Jan Wine and horse racing
Graze Mount Barker- wine and food March Long Weekend
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