Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail

Enjoy this wonderful 53km trail in parts or plan a wonderful weekend meandering through historic goldfields sites, traversing a majestic trestle bridge and taking in the wonderful rolling hills and pockets of forest between Ballarat and Skipton.

Smythe st Skipton



Enjoy this wonderful 53km trail in parts or plan a wonderful weekend meandering through historic goldfields sites, traversing a majestic trestle bridge and taking in the wonderful rolling hills and pockets of forest between Ballarat and Skipton. Completed signage and good seperation from road traffic make this trail ideal for a great family excursion.

A well drained crushed granite surface was delivered to most parts of the trail in 2008 making the trail suitable for all cyclists (road bikes are recommended to have a tyre profile of at least one inch.

The trail is utilised by walkers cyclists, horse riders and bird watchers making use of the section which travels through Clarkesdale bird sanctuary (near Linton).

The trail terminates in the delightful town of Skipton. Stop for lunch, stay the night and make sure you try and spot a platypus from the dedicated viewing platform on Mt Emu Creek.

Comprehensive maps and information on the trail can be found on the Rail Trails Australia website and for more general information be sure to visit the Ballarat Bicycle Users Group Website

Plan a wonderful fresh air weekend with your family and make the most of this wonderful community asset.

Walkers can make use of v-line coach services to use of sections of the trail. V-line bus services will only take folding bicycles on scheduled coach services. Click here For V-line coach timetables from Ballarat to Warrnambool via Skipton.