Nature & Recreation
Ballarat – Skipton Rail Trail
The Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail is a 53km trail along the old Ballarat-Skipton Railway line. The Trail passes through farmland, historic towns, bushland as well as areas of conservation and historic significance. It is suitable for cyclists, walkers, and horse riders of all levels of experience and is suited to most bikes. Step on and off the Trail at various points depending on how far you want to travel. The Trail starts in Ballarat before it reaches the rolling hills, scrub-land forests and grassy plains of Golden Plains and on to Skipton, meandering through significant remnant native grasslands and the Clarkesdale Bird Sanctuary near Linton. The Trail traverses the impressive and historic Nimmons Bridge at Newtown as well as passing by other historical gold mining sites, heritage assets and conversation virtues along the Trail. It also connects with other possible adventures such as the Rainbow Bird Trail from Newtown to Berringa and Dereel. There is a gentle gradient, with a maximum gradient of 2% along the length of the trail. With a host of accommodation, food, and visitor attractions along the route, the trail provides a unique opportunity for visitors to discover the region.
Kruc a Ruc Trail
This region was once occupied by the Wadawarrung of the Kulin nation. The abundant wildlife and fish-filled creeks ensured a plentiful food supply. Much of the landscape changed from 1838 with European settlement, and more dramatically with the discovery of gold in 1852. The 13.3 km of the Kuruc-a-ruc Trail travels through this historic gold mining countryside and links the three goldfield townships of Dereel, where the Trail begins, Corindhap and Rokewood. Corindhap was originally called “Break-O-Day” and The Break-O-Day Hotel, built in 1869, is still in operation. By 1865, Rokewood was well established with a population of about 950, but when the last mine was closed in 1903, the population in the region declined. In 1987, a gold nugget weighing 98 ounces, called the Orange Roughy was unearthed and sold to an American dealer, bringing Rokewood to international prominence.
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Rainbow Bird Trail The Rainbow Bird Trail was so named because the word ‘Berringa’ comes from an Aboriginal word for ‘Rainbow’ or ‘sunset’. The name was also applied to a small native bird, the Rainbow Bee-eater, known to nest in the district. The tra
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Inverleigh Walking Trails
Nestled in the valley of the Leigh and Moorabool Rivers, Inverleigh offers a range of walks and trails for all interests and abilities. Take a stroll along the scenic Leigh and Barwon Rivers in either direction for a peaceful riverside walk, or wander through town to experience the history of the town since settlement, which dates back to the late 1830s. Most of the walks can be undertaken on foot or bicycle, and you can park your car at Lawson’s Park. Pick up a brochure from the General Store and chat with the locals to find out more.
Bannockburn Park Run
Bannockburn Bush parkrun is a FREE weekly 5km event for runners of all standards, which takes place every Saturday at 8:00am in Old Base Road, Bannockburn, Victoria. It is not a race against other runners, but a 5k timed run and it can really be whatever you want it to be, whether that's for fun or as part of a training plan. It offers an opportunity for all the local community, male or female, young or old, to come together on a regular basis to enjoy this beautiful park and get physically active into the bargain. We want to encourage people to jog or run together irrespective of their ability – this event is truly open to all and best of all it really is FREE! Taking part is easy – just register before your first ever parkrun. The great thing is that you only ever need to do this once! Then just set your alarm for Saturday morning and get yourself there!