Stirling North, South Australia
Port Augusta, South Australia, South Australia
|Population||1,698 (2006 census)|
|Location||311 km (193 mi) North West of Adelaide|
|LGA(s)||City of Port Augusta|
Stirling North is a small town located 7 km east of Port Augusta in South Australia. It acts primarily as a satellite town to Port Augusta with the town's railway station lying at a major rail junction linking the Port Augusta power station and the main east-west rail link to the coal rail link to Leigh Creek. It also lies on the junction of the Eyre Highway and Port Wakefield Roads. At the 2006 census, Stirling North had a population of 1,698.
The town of Stirling North was surveyed in 1859 as "Stirling North" after Edward Stirling Snr, MLC, but was renamed 'Catninga' after a nearby creek. In 1916 however, this decision was overturned and the name was reverted to 'Stirling North'.
The town has existed mainly to service the railroads, with Leigh Creek coal freighted down to Port Augusta for use in the power station. The historic Pichi Richi Railway runs through Stirling North, between Port Augusta and Quorn, one of the only tourist attractions within the town.
Stirling North is not normally a tourist destination, but is commonly used as a service stop by travellers who don't want to travel the extra 7 km into Port Augusta. The town is situated at the base of the Southern Flinders Ranges, and is often used by people travelling north.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Stirling North (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
- Australian Towns, Cities and Highways, Stirling North, retrieved 2007-05-15
- Manning Index of South Australia, Stirling North, retrieved 2007-05-15
- South Australian State Gazetteer, Stirling North, retrieved 2007-05-15[dead link]
- Port Augusta City Council, Pichi Richi, retrieved 2007-05-15
- Flinders Ranges and Outback Town Directory, Stirling North, retrieved 2007-05-15[dead link]