Skipton is known 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. Sit quietly along the banks of Mount Emu Creek, keeping a close eye on the waters edge where the platypus burrows its shelter.

Skipton has recently grown in reputation with the refurbishment of the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail. The trail is 53km in length and has a maximum gradient of 2% making it accessable for all ages of riders.

Sit quietly along the banks of Mount Emu Creek, particularly around dusk and dawn for your best chance of spotting this unique Australian animal.

Ballarat Skipton Rail Trail


Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Visit volcanic lakes, peaks and unique geological features that form part of the 3rd largest volcanic plain on the planet.


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