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by Dave Walsh (subscribe)
I enjoy writing about Adelaide and its many attractions. If you think Adelaide is boring, the problem is not with Adelaide. adelaideunearthed.blogspot.com.au/
Published November 19th 2012
It's too late for this market garden
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Entry to Stirling Park from Woorabinda


Situated adjacent to the popular Woorabinda Lake Reserve in leafy Stirling is another park having quite a different nature.

Where Woorabinda has been landscaped to ensure that even the elderly or very young can enjoy the sights, Stirling Park is traversed more by tracks that gently meander low hills.

Its vegetation is rather more dense and at times dominated by towering gums. Instead of water birds like ducks, you are more likely to be greeted by the wild jackass cry of a kookaburra hidden in the tree tops.

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Stirling Park Track Alongside Towering Gums


There are no facilities or seats in Stirling Park, just a lush green valley where the Aldgate Creek flows, and tracks suitable for walking. There is plenty of bird and animal life, although these are best seen towards the beginning and end of the day.

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A Meandering Creek


Some trees have even been planted to encourage Koalas, which are not native to this area.

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A Tree for Koalas


There are at least three ways into the park. Entering via Woorabinda Lake means a short walk to the water channel exiting the lake before you encounter Stirling Park. Otherwise you can enter directly via Ethel Street or Branch Road. The entrances each have a little shelter with maps and other useful information.

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Park Information is Available


The land in this area was originally owned in the 1850's by the Halliday family (seen here in 1918), and called Halliday's Gully. Mr C.A Halliday's fascinating and sometimes shocking recollections were published in the Register in 1924. The family clearly were good market gardeners as this 1924 Register article describes their prize winning produce.

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Rich Fertile Soil Supports Lots of Vegetation


The area had rich and fertile black soil which was well suited to market gardening, but in the 1970's it was compulsorily acquired by the State Education Department to build a school. The school was never built, and the land was sold to the Council in the 1980's. Plaque 21 is mounted on a post to indicate the market garden area.

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Plaque 21 Shows Market Garden Area


For an explanation of all the marker posts, download a copy of the Woorabinda Lake Self Guided Walk from the website of the Friends of the Stirling Linear Park. It also contains names and drawings of local birds that you may encounter on your walk.

It's probably a good idea to also download a copy of the Stirling Parks map from the Adelaide Hills Council site.

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Huge Gums Dwarf Passing Travellers


Stirling Park is a fascinating place to explore, exercise, walk your dog (on leash only), or spy on birds and animals as they do their own thing. If you want to stay awhile, then perhaps call back to Woorabinda and take a seat to have a relaxing picnic. Stay quiet and you may well be rewarded with a display when you least expect it.

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Panoramic View on Stirling Park Track


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Why? Trek through a wilderness
When: Anytime
Where: Woorabinda Drive, Stirling, South Australia
Cost: Free
Your Comment
I used to live around the corner 30 years ago. The place was a barren dusty gully back then but it has grown into a fantastic spot to walk and birdwatch. It seemed a lot smaller than I remember it, but maybe my memories have grown.
by Matthew (score: 1|26) 1781 days ago
Ah Dave this place looks interesting. Love bushwalking and have not been or heard of this spot. How big is the park? How long are the tracks? Their website doesnt really say (or I might not be doing a very good search). Maybe a good half hour at guess? Think I might take my dog there later today but he is lazy - I don't want to carry him halfway back!
by Yin-Yin Ow (score: 3|1589) 1827 days ago
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