Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail

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Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail

Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail
4.5
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happymum23
melbourne41 contributions
A great outing
Jul 2021 • Family
We rode the return 32 km trip from Ballarat to Smythesdale as a family. The gravel trail is very well signed and maintained. Lots of benches/huts to stop for a breather. The person on the road bike in the group struggled a little because of their thinner tyres. Those of us with mountain bikes enjoyed the ride. Some slight inclines, but nothing to put the youngest member off. We stopped for lunch at the Courthouse Hotel in Smythesdale which was a lovely break.

Very few people walking/biking along the track. Everyone we did see was very friendly. Lots of farm animals and wildlife to see along the way.

Highly recommend the ride. The distance may be a little long for younger kids. But overall a great days adventure 🚴
Written July 7, 2021
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Phillip T
Melbourne, Australia7 contributions
Lovely bike riding path in Victoria
May 2021
This bike path is well sign posted with a marker every 1km. Maybe a little too well sign posted. Great surface and nice scenery. There are small towns along the way to stop for food and drinks.
Written May 18, 2021
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Gary S
7 contributions
Lots of history and sights to see
Mar 2021
We rode this trail across 3 sections. Three easy hours each morning. Linton-Skipton. Smythesdale-Linton. Smythesdale to Wendouree. Information boards at each former Station site. Nimmons Bridge most impressive. Have a look at the grain silos and loading into Containers operating at Wendouree end. Surface VG granite sand base. Beware of lots of road crossings. Call into the new Coffee shop/cafe in the main street of Linton (western end of St - opened Aug 2020 - very brave move). Speak to Carl, very helpful and knowledgeable. Helped us report a sick Tawny Frogmouth that was perched on a street sign post.
Written March 11, 2021
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Janneke S
Ballarat16 contributions
Wonderful Bike ride
Sep 2020
We parked our car near Nimons Bridge and biked to Linton. 7-8 kms. What a beautiful bike ride. Then to Linton Larder for delicious coffee. What a great Father’s Day 👌.
Written September 5, 2020
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Pat A
Melbourne, Australia20 contributions
Nimmon's trestle bridge
Sep 2020
Particularly enjoyed Nimmon's Bridge, a railway trestle bridge opened in 1890. This is the longest trestle bridge in Victoria (Noojee has a shorter one that is 2 m higher). The bridge can be reached by Road - it is 3 km from Scarsdale on the way to Cape Clear. The bridge is on the best part of the Skipton rail trail - from Scarsdale to Linton
Written September 5, 2020
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John C
Rockhampton, Australia24 contributions
a nice ride in the country
Jan 2020
A few hills, not too steep, gravel track, but easy enough,
I have road tyres, no probs for MTBs though! A few scenic spots, especially the bridge. Towns along the way have cafe's and facilities etc, and are quite close together
Written January 22, 2020
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Simon B
City of Greater Geelong, Australia2,240 contributions
Lovely country trail
Jan 2020 • Family
Walk or ride a bike. Terrific landscapes of fields, trees and dusty track. Enjoyable day out with family in quiet beauty.
Written January 11, 2020
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Aussiemandias
Melbourne Australia2 contributions
A good day's ride.
Oct 2019 • Solo
I rode from Cardigan to Skipton and back. Hard to find the actual Ballarat start. Each km is signposted. No real food in
Written October 8, 2019
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UsTwo
25 contributions
Beautiful old bridge
Jul 2019 • Couples
Went to the Nimons Bridge just by chance. Beautiful old bridge. Such an amazing old structure. They knew how to build things then. Great place for a family picnic. Well worth the stop
Written July 17, 2019
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RobGJKnight
Adelaide, Australia70 contributions
Stunning between Pittong and Scarsdale, not much to write home about after that.
Apr 2019 • Couples
We've done the Skipton end before, and decided to to more this time, so headed out from Ballarat to do the section from Pittong and back to Ballarat. The section here to Scarsdale is the best bit of RT I've done anywhere; it's set in the middle of beautiful forest reserve for the most part and feels like it's in the middle of no-where. This is pretty much the case until you reach the outskirts of Scarsdale where it all starts to go downhill. Not terrible, but much more open and less scenic - particularly when the weather is as dry as it's been lately. I wouldn't bother doing the section closer to Ballarat again. The trestle bridge was a particular highlight.

The surface was very good (light sandy-gravel) too, which is always a plus when you're on road bikes. This is #1 on my rail trail experiences thus far I think.
Written April 29, 2019
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