Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail

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Location:              South west of Ballarat, 110km from Melbourne
Start:                     Lake Wendouree (Ballarat)
Finish:                   Skipton
Distance:              56km (one way)
Surface:                Fine Gravel
Terrain:                 Hilly
Website:               Click here for link

Ballarat Skipton Rail Trail

This Rail Trail leaves from the beautiful Lake Wendouree in Ballarat.  And follows along the old Ballarat-Skipton Railway line, which opened on 10 October 1890 and finally closed on 4 December 1986.  The Ballarat Skipton Rail trail offers a variety of terrain.  Including bushland, forested areas, farmland and through some truly amazing historic towns.  This is a trail which is suitable for cyclists of all abilities to ride & enjoy.

Image taken by Ed Dunens of Lake Wendouree; courtesy of Flickr

The Ballarat Skipton Rail trail offers riders a fantastic experience to explore Central Victoria.  Enjoy the tranquility and serenity of the area as you traverse through rolling hills.  Scrub-land forests and grassy plains of the Golden Plains and Corangamite Shirts.  And takes you through the Clarkesdale Bird Sanctuary near Linton. 

The highlight of the trail is definitely riding across the historic Nimmond Trestle Bridge at Newtown.  This is a relic of the past and is one of Victoria’s longest Trestle bridges.  And worth riding the trail just to cross this bridge.  Make sure that you get the camera out for some scenic snaps on the bridge.

Image taken by Dan Gordon; courtesy of Flickr

Victoria has some amazing rail trails.  There is something special about taking a ride down a rail trail.  They offer amazing scenery and allow you to get back to nature.  They are definitely a welcome relief to cycling in the hustle & bustle of a busy city life.  If you’ve never ridden a rail trail before then consider adding one to your bucket list.  They will offer a memorable & lasting experience.  And take you back to the grass roots of cycling where you get out for the sheer pleasure and enjoyment of riding two wheels. 

Image taken by Streetsweeper; courtesy of Flickr

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