Skipton offers the visitor a range of wildlife viewing experiences with bird-life on the lake and even a chance to spot a platypus from a viewing platform on Mt Emu Creek. Take a pit-stop here or take to 2 wheels on the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail.

Skipton just 50km west of the goldfields capital of Ballarat is fast gaining a reputation as the ‘home of the platypus.’ If you are yet to encounter this unique egg-laying mammal a walk in Stewart Park is a must.

Ballarat Skipton Rail Trail

Why not ride out from Ballarat and stay overnight in a classic country town? The 53km route from Ballarat to Skipton traverses a magnificent trestle bridge and winds through native, bushland, wildlife reserves, rolling farmland and charming goldfields towns.

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Making a Home in Skipton

Sit quietly along the banks of Mount Emu Creek, particularly around dusk and dawn for your best chance of spotting a platypus.

Enjoy the hospitality and tastes of a classic Australian country town and base yourself to explore goldfields towns and discover features of Victoria’s volcanic plains.


Fishing Local Rivers

From the volcanic plains and Otway Ranges to the coast our rivers and streams traverse a landscape of lakes, conical peaks, rainforest and coastal woodland on their journey to the sea. Take some time and throw in a line.


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