The Mount Barker racecourse is located in the shire of the Plantagenet which is about 368 kilometres south west of the Central Business District of Perth. Surrounded by amazing and beautiful national parks plus other natural attractions including the Porongurup and Stirling Ranges, the track lies upon an extremely picturesque setting.
Mount Barker is area usually dedicated to farming, including mixed sheep, cattle and grain. This tends add to the relaxed feeling at the racecourse.
Under the management of the Mount Barker Turf Club, the racecourse began operation back in the early 1890's. This racecourse is considered as home to the largest thoroughbred stud that can be found in the state of Western Australia. The district is also a hub of vineyards and high quality wines.
The Mount Barker Turf Club has provided a thoroughbred racing venue for all the trainers and spectators and industry participants since 1945. Since the inception of the Club, the racecourse has grown into a great venue. The club usually conducts 6 race meetings annually, four of which are feature race days such as the Grapes and Gallops that is held every January. It includes 9 high quality races which is seen to be the highlight of the Great Southern racing season.
Another feature event is the Mungrup Stud Sprint which normally attracts high class gallopers. And then of course there is the XXXX Gold Mount Barker Cup which is held in March and is one of the integral parts of the entire racing season. There is also a Michelle Parsons Pink Ladies Day held every October as well as during the New Years Eve Race Day every December.
In addition to the race track the club also offers other facilities such as the canteen and takeaway and afternoon teas, Luncheon packages, parking and toilets for the disabled.