The rise and rise of Mount Barker.
Moving to Mount Barker could be the best decision you’ve ever made. And you certainly won’t be alone with that choice: not only is it the largest town in the Adelaide Hills and the regional hub, but it’s also one of the fastest growing places in the whole of South Australia.
Whilst there’s a true sense of excitement about the future, this is a town that’s determined to protect its history and lifestyle. Sure: they’re building the infrastructure necessary to support the growth, but not at the cost of the town’s rural character.
What that all means is that Oakfield Rise offers you country-style living with city-style amenities. Mount Barker has a wide range of independent, national and international shops and supermarkets, with a diverse and growing mix of cafés and restaurants offering both local and global cuisine to satisfy any taste, mood or budget.
And that includes the legendary Millie’s Bakery (with its ghost!), just across Adelaide Road. Under a kilometre from Oakfield Rise, there’s a multi-screen cinema with tavern and a well-stocked library in the precinct of the heritage-listed Auchendarroch House. Built in 1860 by Scottish immigrant, Lachlan McFarlane, its lavishly decorated rooms can be used for corporate events and social functions.
You’ve got a thriving bowling club that’s shaded in summer and floodlit in the evenings; a popular eighteen-hole golf course; and a stunning wildlife area nearby, the Laratinga Wetlands. Teeming with wildlife, this is one of Australia’s most successful artificial wetlands and provides walking trails, bird-watching and barbecues.
Intermittently throughout the year, local volunteers fire up the SteamRanger cockle train and you can get on board at Mount Barker bound for Strathalbyn, Goolwa and Victor Harbor.
And then, finally, on the utterly practical side, Mount Barker has medical facilities that are second to none, including a public hospital and new health centre.
See? It’s the best of both worlds.