Stirling for Lunch

Stirling’s affluence is evident the moment you turn off the freeway and slow down to a suburban pace. The homes, boutique shops, street sculptures and town planning all point to an old part of the Adelaide Hills that has been moneyed since the first house was built.

Thornton Manor, Stirling South Australia
Stirling Street Sculpture

The town was founded in 1854. Its rapid growth is attributed to the expansion of apple growing and market gardening to satisfy the demand of the expanding city of Adelaide, 15 km away.  Wealthy Adelaide residents built summer homes to escape the heat of the city plains and these remain as part of the well-preserved buildings of that period.

Stirling was our last stop in the Adelaide Hills region before we headed to the drier area of the Eyre Peninsula. March was too early to experience the autumn colour-change of leaves but the last of the summer vibrancy was evident everywhere.

A stroll along the main street, with its garden setting, abundance of tempting shops (homewares, books, fashion and gifts), cafes and restaurants.

40th Wedding Anniversary lunch at The Organic Market and Cafe
Stirling, South Australia

We stumbled across this gem – The Organic Market and Café – as we walked the town and if we livd here it would be on our list of must-come-back-to eateries. The green canopy, friendly service and beautiful organic food and wine was a hit. We were able to refill our containers with exotic ingredients and reasonable prices.

Gratitude Moments:

  • For forty years of marriage and able now to enjoy our retirement together
  • Surprises, like finding a lovely restaurant to enjoy our special lunch
  • That heritage homes and buildings are restored and maintained for us to enjoy.


2020 is the eleventh year in which thousands of bloggers participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge during April. I am combining this post as part of that challenge and the continuation of recording the 2nd Stage of our Oz Road Trip.

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