Find it at: Woorabinda Dr, Stirling

Just a small distance from the centre of Stirling is Woorabinda Lake, part of Woorabinda Bushland Reserves – a 34 hectare park with approximately 4 km of walking trails. Loved and appreciated by locals and those in the know, Woorabinda is a magical place to visit. Updated in 2024 with fabulous new boardwalks on the western side of the lake, perfect for prams and accessibility devices (which include raised edges to stop fallls off the edge), it really makes this spot one for families of all ages.

Woorabinda Lake is a bushland oasis that provides a habitat for birds, fish, reptiles, mammals and amphibians. It’s the perfect spot for walking, picnicking and watching wildlife.

As you walk around Woorabinda Lake watch out for the poetry bench, sit down and read other people’s musings.  The Woorabinda Lake Poetry Station has a beautiful back story – in 2010 a local woman had cancer and would walk along the lake for enjoyment and solace. When she died her husband put in a commemorative bench at her favourite spot. A year after her death he sat on the bench and wrote the most beautiful poem about her and left it on the bench. He went back a week later and found the poem – someone had laminated it and left it there for people to read. From then on the ‘Poetry Pouch’ was born. On the bench there is a hessian pouch with paper and pencils so that people can sit, take in the view, reflect and write a poem. You can then leave the poem in the pouch and someone (a dear unknown person) laminates it. The Poetry Pouch is full to the brim with laminated poems – from small kids writing about what they see to beautifully written life affirming verse.

Also watch out for Members of the Stirling Marblehead Yacht Club race their beautiful remote-controlled boats on Woorabinda Lake each Wednesday

Watch the short video below for a taste of what to expect.

Woorabinda Bushland Reserves – Stirling’s hidden gem – Part One from Stirling Adelaide Hills on Vimeo.

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