Mount Barker (South Australia)

Mount Barker

Mount Barker, as seen from Mount Lofty
Elevation 517 m (1,696 ft) AHD[1]
Location South Australia, Australia
Coordinates 35°03′58″S 138°55′16″E / 35.06611°S 138.92111°E / -35.06611; 138.92111Coordinates: 35°03′58″S 138°55′16″E / 35.06611°S 138.92111°E / -35.06611; 138.92111

Mount Barker is a mountain just outside of the town of Mount Barker in South Australia.

The mountain is the home to a transmission tower that services SAGRN and mobile phone transmissions throughout the area.


Mount Barker was first sighted by Captain Charles Sturt in 1830, although he thought he was looking at the previously discovered Mount Lofty. Captain Collet Barker fixed this error when he surveyed the area in 1831. Sturt named the mountain in honor of Captain Barker after he was killed days later by Aborigines.[2]

John Barton Hack claimed his party of Stuart, John Morphett, bushman Tom Davies and "a gentleman from Hobart Town" were, in 1837, the first white men to climb the hill.[3] A counterclaim, of Robert Cock, William Finlayson, A(dolphus) Valentine Wyatt and George Barton late in December 1837 is highly credible.


There are numerous activities such as walking trails on the mountain.


  1. ^ "Mount Barker". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2004-02-08. Retrieved 2009-05-24. 
  2. ^ District Council Of Mount Barker "History"
  3. ^ A Chequered Career - Reminiscences of a Pioneer III South Australian Register 28 April 1884 p.7 accessed 7 September 2011

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