Welcome to Mt Barker
The biggest town in the Adelaide Hills and just a 35-minute commute to the city, Mt Barker began life as a small rural village. But these days it's booming, with 20,000 new residents predicted in the coming years as paddocks are subdivided apace. Mt Barker CBD can barely keep up, with shopping centres and new services being knocked together at a furious pace. There's still some small-town charm to be found on Gawler St, though, and some fab local businesses are keeping the new residents fed and watered.