Woorabinda Bushland Reserves, in the Adelaide Hills, is a natural reserve close to the centre of Stirling in South Australia. The Park contains large areas of natural bushland providing significant conservation and biodiversity value to the Adelaide Hills.
Thirty Years of progress
Koalas grunt where sheep once grazed. Walking trails wander through native bush once dominated by woody weeds. Thirty years ago, on the 8th of August, a public meeting was held to protest against proposals to sub-divide part of what is now Stirling Park for housing. That meeting launched a campaign that over the next 30 years would not only stop the sub-division proposals, but would lead eventually to the unification of Stirling Park, Woorabinda, Hender and Madurta, creating what is now the Woorabinda Bushland Reserves.
Stopping the sub-division was only the start. Over the past 30 years tens of thousands of dollars in grants and council funding, plus tens of thousands of hours of volunteer labour have transformed some areas and protected others. The result is now a 34-hectare haven for wildlife and native vegetation, enjoyed by thousands of people every year.
There is much still to do, much to maintain, but the work goes on. The Native Vegetation Heritage Agreement which was approved earlier this year should ensure that the WBR will be here for the next 30 years and beyond.
The following photos show the first tree planting in Stirling Linear Park, thirty years ago, and much more recently, work fencing part of the lake to prevent erosion at the water’s edge.
Native Vegetation Heritage Agreement
A newsletter has been published which covers the Native Vegetation Heritage Agreement, and also provides information about what the Heritage Agreement means to the Reserves. Read about it here: 63_FOWBRnews201905.
We have also produced a heritage poster with pictures of the reserves to celebrate this achievement.
Working Bee dates have been updated for 2019.
A Woorabinda Trails map is available.
Check our newsletters for the latest news about the Park. The Friends work very hard to protect and improve the park, and we often need help.
See About the Park for an introduction to the Park, or view the pages on the separate components of Hender Reserve, Madurta Reserve, Stirling Park and Woorabinda. Also check the bird list, which provides links to photos and sounds of many of the birds.
You can take a self guided walk around the Woorabinda Lake. A brochure is available to help you get the most out of your walk.
Are you interested in joining the Friends of Woorabinda Bushland Reserves? A family can join for just $10 a year, or $40 for 5 years. Print the membership form from a newsletter and send it in. Donations to the Friends of Woorabinda Bushland Reserves Fund are tax deductible.
If you have any questions about the Park, or comments about the website, please email.