Mt Bryan is situated 16km north of Burra on the Barrier Highway and is surrounded by picturesque hills. It is a small community with outlying farms that produce cereals, cattle, sheep and the famous stud merino sheep. The township was named after Henry Bryan, an assistant surveyor, who perished in the area.
How quickly the times changed in the harsh era of the pastoral pioneers. The district was transformed from a wild and dangerous wasteland to a district which became the colony's richest sheep run.
Mt Bryan was also a booming railway town, with the station being a stopping point for the East-West Express.
Sir Hubert Wilkins grew up in the area and went to school at Mt. Bryan East. He is known as being the most famous explorer and aviator of the northern polar area.