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Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail #1: Smythesdale lunch

Distance: 44.16 km
Elevation gain: 274 m
Ride Type: Road 
Start: Lake View Hotel

Start the morning off right with breakfast at the Lake View Hotel as you look over beautiful Lake Wendouree.

You will need a hybrid, Cyclecross, mountain bike as today we are getting off road and hitting the crushed granite sand surface of the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail.

If you’re looking for a change of scenery or a fun family ride, this is the perfect ride!

We head straight out of down, under the iconic Arch of Victory and not long after take a left on to the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail.

You’ll ride open grasslands and eucalypt forests as you make your way to Smythesdale, an attractive 19th-century town.

Stop for lunch at the Courthouse Hotel or pack a picnic before making your way back along trail.

We will be stopping close to where we started with a coffee to wind down at Pipers By The Lake.

Smythesdale lunch via the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail

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The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.