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.

Storm damage

The 2022 AGM was delayed following a very severe storm (tornado) in November 2022. It was held on Friday 9 December after the Roads into the area and the parking area were made safe, and power was restored to the Environment Centre.  Fortunately, the buildings and notice board are not damaged.

The boardwalk around the Woorabinda lake was badly damaged by fallen trees and branches, and the lake walk was closed due to the damage and safety concerns. The good news is that the smashed areas of the boardwalk will be temporarily repaired early March 2023, meaning that the walk will open again, and permanent repairs to boardwalks will be done later in the year.

Hender Reserve was also very badly hit by the tornado, and a number of large trees fell.

Aboriginal History Acknowledgement

On Monday 7th of September 2020, a ceremony was held to commemorate the placement of a sign at the Shield Tree in Hender Reserve. Ivan-Tiwu Copley, the Peramangk and Kaurna Elder who carved the shield into the old tree, talked about the significance of the shield and the Waterline Trade Routes through the Mt Lofty Ranges.


For more information and photos of this ceremony and the Waterlines, see Hender Reserve. See also the article in the newsletter 66_fowbr_1120.

Native Vegetation Heritage Agreement

A previous newsletter 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 2023. 

A Woorabinda Trails  Map May 2020 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.

The Woorabinda Lake is featured at http://www.stirlingadelaidehills.com.au/explore/woorabinda-lake.

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.

This picture shows the notice board undamaged amid the damage at Woorabinda.