Passing through peaceful farmland, historic towns, bushland and areas of conservation and historic significance, the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail is a gentle trail worth exploring when visiting Ballarat.
Heavily upgraded in recent years, the trail has a maximum gradient of 2% and has a high quality gravel surface, new signage and a range of rest huts along the way.
Grab a map and a brochure from the visitor centre in Ballarat, hire a bike or find a sturdy walking stick and head off to discover the region.
There are plenty of great places to stay and great things to do while on the route. You’ll find restaurants, cafés and attractions galore.
Linton is a great place to stop but you could also think about Peel Cottage, Glazebrook Cottage or Woolmunda Park Cottages for accommodation. There’s also the BIG4 Vallarat Windmil Holiday park as an alternative option.
Cross the spectacular wooden Nimmons Bridge and visit the Historical Small towns like Cardigan, Haddon, New Town, Linton and of course, Skipton.
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