Autumn is a glorious time to visit Stirling. In fact, this stylish garden village has something to offer every season of the year, but my favourite is still between the months of March and May when its picturesque main street blazes with colour.
Main street in autumn
Stirling is best discovered on foot, and so that you don't miss out on anything, a free mobile app has been created to guide you to all the places of interest. Simply download it and start exploring the village's natural, heritage and hidden treasures.
Dessert platter at Red Cacao Chocolatier
Home to incredible food, Stirling is the perfect location for a satisfying brunch, a wholesome dinner and an indulgent dessert. We were there in the afternoon and decided to give Red Cacao Chocolatier a try. We ordered the dessert platter for two which was truly indulgent. It included a selection of cakes and chocolates, all made fresh in-house. Other popular spots to check out are the Stirling Hotel and the Organic Market and Cafe.
Shopping is also a must at Stirling. There is an abundance of homeware, book, fashion and gift shops along its main street as well as an 80-stall market on the fourth Sunday of every month. So, try planning your visit then to get the most out of it.
Loop encircling the lake
For nature lovers, Woorabinda Bushland Reserves will surely delight you. It covers more than 30 hectares, with approximately four kilometres of walking trails around the wetland and through stringybark eucalypt woodland. Even if you're hard-pressed for time, do make the effort to at least stroll along the shorter loop encircling the lake which attracts much birdlife.
The bird hide
Located just 20 minutes' drive from Adelaide via National Highway M1, Stirling can also be reached by a number of public buses if you happen to be without a car. So, there's really no excuse not to pay this leafy village of the Adelaide Hills a visit.