Stirling & Surrounds
Arguably one of the prettiest towns in the Adelaide Hills, Stirling, is home to some of South Australia’s most beautiful homes.
Stirling became popular with Adelaide’s wealthy residents in the 1800s, who built summer houses to escape the heat of the plains in the late nineteenth century. A walk through Stirling will reveal many of these homes, including some that have been converted to bed and breakfast accommodation.
The tree-lined main street, a riot of colour in both spring and autumn, has a good collection of cafes, restaurants and shops. Many of Stirling's magnificent ‘English’ gardens are accessible to visitors via the Open Garden Scheme.
On the fourth Sunday of each month Druids Avenue is closed off for the Stirling Market, with local produce, plants and homemade wares, the atmosphere is relaxed and enjoyable. On the same day Stirling Laneways invites people to 'follow their feet' through the lanes and side streets of Stirling to discover a convergence of artists and entertainers, food and wine, pop-up stalls and local traders opening up their shopfronts and taking their wares onto the street.
Founded in 1888, Stirling grew rapidly as a result of the expansion of apple growing and market gardening to satisfy the demand of the expanding city of Adelaide, whose centre is only 15 kilometers away.
Owing to the mild climate, many deciduous trees have been imported from Europe, and these are a major tourist attraction in the autumn. Other tourist sites include the nearby Belair National Park, Mount Lofty Summit and Cleland Conservation Park.
Within only a few minutes drive from the heart of Stirling and you can be at, Crafers, Aldgate, Bridgewater, Piccadilly, the Mt Lofty Botanic Garden, Belair National Park, Cleland Wildlife Park or the Mt Lofty Summit. Scenic drives link this entire region so there is no need to take the same roads to venture back to Stirling, rather take your time, relax and enjoy this beautiful part of the Adelaide Hills.