Ballarat–Skipton Rail Trail

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Coordinates: 37°33′35″S 143°51′30″E / 37.55982°S 143.858242°E / -37.55982; 143.858242

Nimmons Bridge

The Ballarat–Skipton Rail Trail in western Victoria, Australia, runs 53 kilometres[1] along the old Skipton railway line from western Ballarat, southwest through Haddon, Smythesdale and Pittong to Skipton. The trail was in poor condition for many years before being upgraded and resurfaced in 2008, at a cost of $700,000, funded in roughly equal measure by local, state and federal government. The new surface is "compacted granitic sand". The total length of the trail is 63 km including an 8 km section from Ballarat railway station to the trailhead.

One major landmark on the route is the historic timber Nimmons Bridge at Newtown over which the trail passes. An adjacent dirt road also permits a close inspection of the structure.

Landmarks[2][edit]

Map of the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail.
  • 0 km: Trail begins at Ballarat railway station
  • 4.5 km: Arch of Victory and Avenue of Honour. Trees commemorate Ballarat residents who enlisted in World War I between 1917 and 1919.
  • 7.6 km: Rail trail proper starts
  • 10.2 km: Cardigan Station
  • 17.8 km: Haddon Station
  • 25 km: Smythesdale Station; Smythesdale was a former gold mining town.
  • 29.3 km: Scarsdale Station
  • 33.8 km: New Town Station, Nimmons Bridge
  • 36.5 km: Ruins of another trestle bridge
  • 42.3 km: Historic township of Linton
  • 50 km: Pittong
  • 62.6 km: Skipton Station
  • 63 km: Skipton

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References[edit]

  1. ^ My Ballarat : June 2008, Page 16
  2. ^ Source: "Ballarat Scenic Bike Rides" tourist brochure