8.0 out of 10

Upper Sturt

Ranked 161st best suburb in Adelaide (Greater)
-35.0065431568 138.7103093629
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Internet Access
  • Resale or Rental Value
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
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Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
2yrs+

"Upper Sturt - great work life balance"

Upper Sturt is a very peaceful place to call home and amazingly still only 20 minutes to the CBD. The delightful village of Stirling is just 5 minutes away and is packed with lovely cafes, shops and a great pub. We enjoy having a coffee and watching the world go by. The monthy farmers market is a great place to pick up some tasty home grown produce. For us after 7 years of living here, Upper Sturt is simply a wonderful place to live. Large blocks, real community spirit, great local school, wonderful neighbours and still only a short commute to work. Surely the work life balance doesn't get better than this!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Upper Sturt A Natural Beauty!"

Upper Sturt is a suburb in the inner south of Adelaide, South Australia. The suburb is nestled in the lower reaches of the Mount Lofty Ranges with the Western Half located in the City of Mitcham Local Government Area, and the eastern portion located in the Adelaide Hills Council Local Government Area.
Upper Sturt Primary School was founded in 1878.
There is a small cafe on the main road that also incorporates a general store. Next door to the general store is the Upper Sturt Country Fire Service station which is a volunteer fire organisation.
If your looking at getting back to nature with all it's beauty you can't go past Upper Sturt for a peaceful & serene living environment.
All the above and more while only being 5 minutes to Stirling shopping precinct & approximately 15 minutes to Adelaide's CBD.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Isolated bushland."

Having lived at Upper Sturt for 7 years, to be honest I'm not heartbroken to leave it. Let me describe my perspective from the categories listed above.

The blocks are usually quite large, so you can go your whole life without really meeting your neighbours. This is poor for neighbourly spirit but good for privacy.

As for shopping, what shopping? Upper Sturt has a small general store and nothing else. To make it worse it's a good 5 minute drive to the passable shopping in Stirling, or 10 minutes to the far more impressive Blackwood. Only a masochist would consider walking to the shops.

Speaking of walking, along the strip between Crafers and Upper Sturt, you're taking your life into your hands. The council seems to have done a very good job of completely neglecting Upper Sturt, with adequate walking paths. It would be a great place to walk the dogs if you weren't forced to walk along a twisty road with notorious speed issues. Speed cameras make a good living when they set up along Upper Sturt Road.

As for pests you're living in bushland. The lower level of my two story house frequently had rodent invaders, which was frustrating. On the positive, the backyard often had koala and possum invaders, nice for pictures and showing the kids. Snakes I'm not sure about but they were always in the back of my mind with dogs and small children.

You would think that such a leafy suburb is a great place for kids but it's exactly the opposite. You have to get into the car to do ANYTHING in Upper Sturt. There are no parks, no play equipment, nothing to do. Sometimes you wish you could just walk somewhere to entertain the kids or grab a treat, but it's always a matter of getting in the car. Very inconvenient.

As for eating out, the Adelaide Hills have always been a big disappointment in that regard. For such a beautiful location such as Stirling, it has always seemed to attract very average restaurants that aren't worth the visit. Can a decent restauranteur please read this and open a decent eatery in this beautiful location? Hahndorf is a much better bet with some great eateries, for both family and fine dining. This is however a 15 minute drive and is always a painful place to find a decent park.

Public transport is an interesting beast. The services to Upper Sturt itself are terrible, with just a handful of buses, normally during peak hour. However, just up the road is the transport hub at Crafers which sees a huge number of services. So realistically you won't be walking to the bus, however a short drive takes you to a very busy transport hub.

As for the other major negatives, mobile phone reception is simply horrible. Due to all the hills, valleys and trees, depending on your service you literally have to pick the part of the house to stand in to receive a call. It's normal if driving in the area to have calls drop out in certain areas. The other thing is crime. You would expect it to be a safe area from this perspective, however the neighbourhood watch paper says otherwise. In addition I personally had my car window smashed and car rummaged through one evening during school holidays. Being on the main road probably doesn't help and sometimes the relative quiet of a suburb can be a drawback.

As a final note, you really don't want to live here if another major bushfire comes through. Upper Sturt really only has one major road, allowing evacuation through Crafers or Blackwood. In the event of a bushfire, with so much bush vegetation and such a restricted evacuation path, it's a disaster waiting to happen in that regard.

So in summary, if you like a bush setting, relative quiet and the chance of a koala in your backyard, this place is for you. If you like convenience, mod cons and being entertained by something other than your computer and television, forget it.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"15 mins to rundle mall and there's a horse in my fron yard."

The forgotten suburb, Upper Sturt has maintained a relatively low profile, despite offering large blocks of land, good familily living, and a semi-rural feel while only being 15 mins from the city. You can live a double life in upper sturt, evenings out in the city then waking up dazed and confused to the sound of kookaburras horses and cows the next morning.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees