Stirling is always a pleasure as you wander among the natural beauty of the vistas, parks and gardens, character homes and charming streetscapes. Stately old homes sit comfortably alongside contemporary architectural triumphs, and a thriving commercial centre supports a strong community.
Strolling Stirling’s streets you’ll soon understand why it’s so popular in all seasons. You can meander randomly or delve into the town’s heritage.
Below are a few things to look out for in the village centre.
Sculptures as part of the Adelaide Hills Sculpture Trail
Stirling is home to three stunning sculptures as a legacy from the Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium, making it a ‘must see’ on the Adelaide Hills Sculpture Trail.
Journeys by Jocelyn Pratt
A sculpture at the top of Druid Avenue by New Zealand artist Jocelyn Pratt was carved from Black Hill granite in 2014. This whimsical leaf boat, topped with a stainless steel sail, is titled Journeys.
"A leaf boat – the journey of change, caring for our environment. Recognising the need to plant local native trees and plants, provide wildlife habitats and improve water and air quality."
Prada by Anna Korver
Another New Zealand artist sculpted Prada in black granite. This rotating sculpture is a legacy of the 2016 symposium and now sits proudly at the front of the Stirling Hotel. Anna's works are feminine in their identity and perspective; the fundamental concepts and feeling of the works inviting intimacy and personal connection.
"Strong, feminine, movement and dance. A classic sculpture to bring out the whimsical in us.
The Remoteness by Miguel Isla
Spanish sculptor Miguel Isla is noted for large abstract geometric forms and responds readily to the surrounds and brief in which his sculpture is to be placed. This is another black granite sculpture that resides on the Coventry Library lawns.
"Windows allow us to look out at the many, many things which affect our lives”
Druid Avenue itself is a noteworthy street, famous for its magnificent oaks. These trees, an ancient symbol of Druidism, were planted in 1890 by The Pride of the Hills Lodge of the Druids Society. Druid Ave is the home of the Stirling Market on the fourth Sunday of each month.
Stirling Main Street
Mount Barker Road
The tree-lined main street, also known as Mount Barker Road, is a riot of colour in both spring and autumn. You will also notice that it is much wider than others in the district. Before surveys were taken in 1853-54 it’s believed the horse-drawn vehicles would search for the firmest piece of ground to travel on, thus creating a broad thoroughfare in winter. The formal surveys allowed for this practice to continue.
Much of Stirling’s famous autumn colour comes from the spectacular liquidambars planted along the main street in 1973. Stirling is now recognised for its spectacular streetscape that changes with the seasons and draws visitors throughout the year.