Ballarat - Skipton Rail Trail

Immerse yourself in the serenity of Australia’s native flora and fauna at the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail. Leave behind the stresses of your day as you meander through the wide open grasslands, eucalypt forests, historic bridges and quaint 19th century villages. From Ballarat to Skipton you can cycle a full 63km in total, but this ride can be enjoyed regardless of how many km's you do! There are plenty of great places to stop along the way and birdwatch or take a picnic with you and take full advantage of alfresco dining. 

Ballarat - skipton rail trail

To enjoy a bike ride without having to worry about sharing the ride with traffic, head for the Ballarat - Skipton Rail Trail. Whether you're into wide open grasslands, eucalypt forests, historic bridges, attractive nineteenth century towns or just a few sheep for company, you'll enjoy this trail.

Distance: 53km one way

Difficulty: A moderate grade ride with a few gradual climbs and descents. The trail crosses numerous minor roads and the Glenelg Highway several times.

Start/Finish: The trail officially begins approximately 500m west of Ring Road at the junction of the former Ballarat to Skipton and Melbourne to Serviceton railway lines. 

Trail surface: Unsealed; crushed granite sand that may become boggy when wet. A mountain bike or hybrid bike with 30mm tyres is recommended.

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