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Published July 8th 2015
There are many lookouts with stunning views both within Adelaide and a short drive away, most of which are conveniently painless to access. However, some of these are relatively difficult to get to, especially if you find driving on winding hillside roads or extended uphill hikes unpalatable.
Other lookouts can be overcrowded (though less so in the colder months), their popularity allows the comfort of amenities, shops, a car park and perhaps a cafe or restaurant in the area but also provokes a fleeting sense of loss at the development.
Standing at 517 metres, Mount Barker Summit is only 10 kilometres from the Mount Barker and is relatively less well known. It can be handily accessed by taking Springs Road east from Mount Barker before continuing along Summit Road. A sign on the left marks the turnoff. From there it's only a few minutes to an often deserted car park, home to a radio/mobile phone tower.
A short uphill trek to the picnic grounds is ahead and another 5 to 10 minutes hike is needed to get to the summit itself with spectacular views of surrounding farmlands, Mount Barker and Mount Lofty.
Two picnic tables are available in an open area a few minutes walk from the car park.
The view from Mount Barker Summit on a cloudy day in Winter.
The short trip from the town centre is a pretty little drive to the summit.The splendid view is 360 degrees.It is well worth a quick visit.Just before you turn off to the summit,there is a dirt road that takes you to Callington.There is a big change in scenery on your way down and the contrast makes this short rugged drive rather interesting.