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Ballarat — Ballarat to Skipton Gravel Loop via the Rail Trail

Cycling Route

121.66 km
943 m
Ride Type: Trail Difficulty: Advanced There are so many incredible gravel roads that make up the Skipton Rail Trail. This is the sort of ride where you can settle in for a long day for this full route, or if you don’t feel like going the whole way, turn around when you feel like, or get someone to pick you up down the way. The choice is yours. After fuelling up at one of the great cafes in Ballarat, head out of town via Lake Wendouree and jump straight onto the Skipton Rail Trail. The trail takes you through some amazing scenery; from the farming paddocks, eucalypt forests, and little villages along the way. While on the way, stop and marvel at Nimmons Bridge before continuing on through Linton and on to Skipton. Refuel down in Skipton, before you turn around and head back to Ballarat. The full route is a long day, but it’s worth it. When you get back to town, park up and enjoy a refreshing, well-earned cold drink.
Created By
Cycle West VIC

Route and Elevation


NameDistanceElev. Diff.Avg. Grade
Gregory St West Bike Path to Ring Rd from Lake Gardens Entrance1.16 km-9 m-0.7%
GSW Westbound - End2RR 0.93 km-9 m-0.9%
Rail Trail - Sections 1 & 24.42 km-26 m-0.6%
BSRT - Gate2RCHR11.89 km-75 m-0.6%
BSRT - Gate2BCR0.89 km4 m0.1%
BSRT - Gate2RD1.94 km6 m0.1%
BSRT - BCR2RD0.99 km6 m0.2%
Remembrance to Sago Hill7.56 km-58 m-0.8%
Sturt to Cuthberts1.81 km-21 m-1.0%
Skipton rail trail Cuthberts to Haddon5.65 km-33 m-0.6%
BSRT - CR2BCR2.27 km-14 m-0.6%
Haddon to Smythesdale6.12 km-30 m-0.5%
Rail trail Smythesdale to Scarsdale3.29 km12 m0.1%
BSRT Sthbound - PSR2DR0.60 km-14 m-2.3%
BSRT Nimmons Bridge to Linton Bike Park8.17 km75 m0.4%
Bridge to top of cutting2.22 km0 m0.0%
West of Linton climb3.66 km78 m2.1%
Linton to Skipton19.63 km-151 m-0.4%
Pittong-Skipton, Ballarat RT11.12 km-65 m-0.6%
The Scoot into Skipton3.95 km-61 m-1.5%
Skipton-Pittong, Ballarat RT11.23 km66 m0.6%
Skipton to Wendouree (BSRT)55.08 km169 m0.3%
BSRT skipton to Sturt st51.21 km163 m0.3%
BSRT - SGR2GH4.97 km44 m0.6%
BSRT - SGR2PittGate9.26 km51 m0.5%
BSRT - Climb outta Pittong4.22 km72 m1.7%
Linton to Nimmons Bridge, Newtown8.18 km-39 m-0.3%
BSRT - The Climb Outta Linton4.83 km44 m0.6%
Linton to Newton8.38 km75 m0.0%
BSRT - LPR Rise0.51 km10 m1.9%
BSRT - LPR2GR2.86 km-16 m-0.1%
trestles0.42 km22 m1.4%
BSRT Nimmons Bridge to Smythesdale Oval8.27 km33 m0.3%
BSRT Nthbound - GR2GR1.91 km12 m0.6%
Rail trail Scarsdale to Smythesdale3.28 km-12 m-0.1%
BSRT - SSVR2CR12.80 km68 m0.5%
Rail Trail - Smythesdale to Cardigan14.61 km97 m0.7%
Smythesdale to Haddon6.81 km34 m0.5%
Nintinbool to Haddon2.09 km14 m0.7%
BSRT - RCHR2CR7.79 km46 m0.6%
BSRT - Sago2Kopkes Climb1.10 km11 m0.9%
Skipton Rail Trail - Haddon to Sturt7.53 km53 m0.7%
BSRT - Kopkes2BCR Rise 0.90 km7 m0.8%
BSRT - Kopkes2BCR2.14 km7 m0.3%
Carngham to Cuthberts2.03 km15 m0.7%
Toot Toot.1.84 km28 m1.4%
BSRT - BCR2Gate0.91 km-4 m-0.1%
Gregory St West0.84 km10 m1.0%
Gregory St West Bike Path - Ring Rd to Lake Gardens Entrance1.18 km10 m0.7%
Boom shakalaca0.48 km-1 m-0.1%