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Ballarat - Skipton Rail Trail - Full day adventure

Cycle the unsealed but gentle gradient 53km trail from Ballarat to Skipton. Meander through the wide open grasslands, eucalypt forests, historic bridges and quaint 19th century villages of Smythesdale, Scarsdale, Linton and Skipton. There are plenty of great places to stop along the way to bird watch and take in the flora and fauna. The Clarkesdale Bird Sanctuary will offer sightings of scarlet robins, eastern and crimson rosellas and above the treetops you may spot wedge tailed eagles and kites. Take along a picnic to enjoy at one of the many shelters along the way or enjoy a meal at the cafes and pubs on the route.


8 to 10 hours


Hotel pickup available


Mobile ticket

  • What's included :
    • Lunch - Lunch and snacks
    What's excluded :
    • This is a typical itinerary for this product

      Stop At: Smythesdale, Smythesdale, Victoria

      Smythesdale is a former gold mining town. The township has many historic buildings including the police station, stables and courthouse. Coffee, snacks and meals are available in town.

      Duration: 45 minutes

      Stop At: Clarkesdale, 376 Linton-Piggoreet Rd, Linton, Victoria 3360 Australia

      Clarkesdale Bird Sanctuary offers sightings of scarlet robins, eastern and crimson rosellas and above the forest treetops you may spot wedge-tailed eagles and kites.

      Duration: 15 minutes

      Stop At: Linton, Linton, Victoria

      Linton offers a brief exit from the forest. The township has many historic reminders from the gold rush era including a Chinese cemetery and public buildings from the 1860s, plus galleries, cafes and the Railway Hotel.

      Duration: 15 minutes

      Stop At: Skipton, Skipton, Victoria

      At the end of the trail lies Skipton, a picturesque town with a reserve by the Mount Emu Creek and many Victorian-era buildings. The hotel and bluestone church in the main street date from 1850’s. The town was an important wool centre in the late nineteenth century producing some of the best merino wool in Australia. A newer local industry is eel farming, with eels bred for export.

      Duration: 45 minutes

    • Departure Point :
      Ballarat Station, Lydiard St N, Ballarat VIC 3350, Australia
      Traveler pickup is offered
      Can collect from accommodation or meet at the Ballarat Train Station
      Departure Time :
      8:30 AM
      Return Detail :
      Returns to original departure point
      Hotel Pickup :
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
      • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
      • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
      • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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    Organised by Kaewa Cycle Adventures

    Activity ID: V-232917P3

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