The Mount Barker Turf Club, in the Shire of Plantagenet, originated in the early 1890’s. The racecourse of Mount Barker is still in the same area of town at Frost Park. The ruins of the original “Park Hotel” are still visible at the entrance of the racecourse.
Mount Barker is situated on the Albany Highway, in the lower Great Southern of WA, 360kms from Perth and 50km north of the coastal city of Albany.
Mount Barker is a mixed sheep, cattle and grain farming area, as well as having the largest thoroughbred stud in the State – Mungrup Stud. It is also well known for its many vineyards and premium wines. In recent times this has led to the Club’s and the Great Southern’s highlight of the season, the Mount Barker Grapes and Gallops featuring the $100,000 Mungrup Stud Sprint.