Garden Village of the Adelaide Hills.
Stirling is one of the prettiest towns in the Adelaide Hills with its park, gardens and tree lined main street. During Autumn the trees turn colour and give a parade of reds, yellows and golds. The flowers and greenery of the gardens in summer provide a delightful ambience with the umbrellas of outdoor cafes.
Shady European trees surrounding Stirling give the area an English atmosphere. This delightful elegant village is one of the major towns in the Adelaide Hills and is a popular destination with its cafes, restaurants and speciality shops. There are two supermarkets, a library, sporting facilities, banking and many other services.
In the early days of the Colony, Stirling was part of the Adelaide Hills area known as The Tiers and developed as a woodcutting area.
The village was founded in 1854 and named after Edward Stirling, a politician. With its high rainfall and proximity to Adelaide, the area became prosperous with its apple, pear and cherry orchards and vegetable market gardens.
Wealthy Colonial businessmen built stately houses and mansions and lived in Stirling during summer to escape the heat of the Adelaide Plains. Today many of these beautiful properties offer Bed and Breakfast accommodation for visitors.
Stirling is only 15 minutes from Adelaide and easily accessed from the South East Freeway between Adelaide and Melbourne or on the Old Mount Barker Road scenic route from Bridgewater Aldgate.