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Mount Barker Site Information

The Mount Barker program is an integrated program, where all aspects of the program will be covered weekly rather than in block rotations. You will be ‘based’ at a GP Super Clinic (Summit Health Centre) but will be doing more than GP work each week. Students will also work at the Mt Barker Hospital.

Students will participate in the 36 week integrated program consisting of Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Geriatrics, Anaesthesia and General Practice. There will be a GP academic on site to supervise and mentor students.

Within the learning centre, students will have access to a dedicated study area with IT facilities, including internet access. Video conferencing facilities are also available for students to participate in weekly tutorials and to enable students to maintain contact with Adelaide based staff and students, as well as other students on placement with the ARCS.

Mount Barker is a quick 20 minutes drive from Adelaide. The original inhabitants of the region are the Mount Barker Peramangk Aboriginal people. Mount Barker was later named after the explorer, Captain Collett Barker.

Mount Barker is graced by the Mount Barker Summit, a well known landmark of the region and an important site for our aboriginal people. It is well worth a visit. To get to the summit go via Springs Road and Summit Road.

Laratinga Wetlands

These wetlands have been landscaped using indigenous plant species which have become home to many species of birds, approximately 140 species, and importantly have encouraged some species back to the area, such as the Yellow Tail Black Cockatoo. Many bird species now breed in the region. The success of these artificial wetlands is unique to South Australia. Laraitinga is a Peramangk name for the Mount Barker creek. The Laratinga wetlands consists of three excellent walking trails (Chestnut Teal Trail, Rosella Trail and Sacred Ibis Trail) which are well worth a visit.

Adelaide Hills Wine Region

Mount Barker is well situated in the beautiful Adelaide Hills cool climate viticulture region. With over 48 cellar doors there are plenty of opportunities to sample the many wines of the region. Mount Barker lies near the Mount Lofty Range, a 70km long range of hills peppered with vineyards. The landscape is quite varied and the altitude in parts produces particular grape variations. Between the rolling vineyards you will also encounter many orchards. Take the opportunity to taste our wines, do a winery tours, sample the wonderful food of the region and take a master class.


Adelaide Metro – TransitPlus is the main bus company that provides public transport services in the Hills region. TransitPlus timetables are listed on the Adelaide Metro website.

More Information

If you want to visit the Mt Barker please speak to the student coordinator who can advise you. Please refer to the People page and look up Site Specific Staff.

Student Housing

A 4 bedroom furnished property at Mount Barker is available for student placements.

Mt Barker Accommodation

Mt Barker - Kitchen

Site Contacts
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Rural Clinical School

Ground Floor, 122 Frome Street
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005


T: +61 8 8313 6280