Stirling North, South Australia

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Stirling North
Port Augusta, South AustraliaSouth Australia
Stirling North is located in South Australia
Stirling North
Stirling North
Coordinates 32°31′0″S 137°50′0″E / 32.51667°S 137.83333°E / -32.51667; 137.83333Coordinates: 32°31′0″S 137°50′0″E / 32.51667°S 137.83333°E / -32.51667; 137.83333
Population 1,698 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1859
Postcode(s) 5710
Location 311 km (193 mi) North West of Adelaide
LGA(s) City of Port Augusta
State electorate(s) Stuart
Federal Division(s) Grey

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.[2] 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.[1]


The town of Stirling North was surveyed in 1859 as "Stirling North" after Edward Stirling Snr, MLC,[3] but was renamed 'Catninga' after a nearby creek. In 1916 however, this decision was overturned and the name was reverted to 'Stirling North'.[4]

In 1871, a prison was established near the town,[3] and still exists today.[2]

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.[5]


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.[2] The town is situated at the base of the Southern Flinders Ranges, and is often used by people travelling north.

The town has a number of services including accommodation in the form of hotels, a public bar, a number of food shops, fuel outlets, a post office and public telephones.[6]

Only two sporting venues are present in the town, a tennis court, bike track, park (with toilets), public school which has a large oval and a golf course.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Stirling North (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Australian Towns, Cities and Highways, Stirling North, retrieved 2007-05-15 
  3. ^ a b Manning Index of South Australia, Stirling North, retrieved 2007-05-15 
  4. ^ South Australian State Gazetteer, Stirling North, retrieved 2007-05-15 [dead link]
  5. ^ Port Augusta City Council, Pichi Richi, retrieved 2007-05-15 
  6. ^ Flinders Ranges and Outback Town Directory, Stirling North, retrieved 2007-05-15 [dead link]

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