Skipton is a town in the Western
District of Victoria, Australia. The town is situated on the Glenelg Highway 166 kilometres west of the state capital, Melbourne and 52 kilometres south west of the regional centre, Ballarat.
of Corangamite Shire local
government area, Skipton is located at the northern boundary of the Shire, in the Northern Ward,
Skipton is on situated the banks of Mount Emu Creek and at the 2006 census had a population of 482.
Skipton, Victoria is affectionally known as "The Home of the Platypus",
due to the thriving platypus population living in the Mount Emu Creek. These shy little creatures may be seen at dawn and at dusk.
Skipton is named after Skipton, in Yorkshire, England,
(the word 'Skipton' means 'sheep town')
Skipton was first established in 1839 as a pastoral run and a town site was surveyed
in 1852. The town was settled some years later and the Post Office opened on 6 March 1858.
In 2014, the people of Skipton celebrated
the 175th Anniversary in grand style with events held throughout the year. A calendar of events was updated regularly and locals were treated to many special events tomark the special milestone.
The town held the first Agricultural Show in the Western District in 1859, featuring some of the finest wool and the reputation of the Western District breeding rams grew in popularity amongst farmers in the wool industry.
During the mid-1990's, on "Baangal", a property just to the west of Skipton, very successful Sheep & Wool Expos were held featuring
Victorian State Shearing Competitions, Sheep Dog Trials, Fleece Competition and the very popular Skipton Ute Show. It was decided to add the agricultural Sheep & Wool Expo in conjunction with extremely popular and very long running
Annual Art & Craft Festivals (23+ years)
taking the Wool Show in Sjipton full circle.
These Annual events always attracted large crowds to Skipton.
Known as 'The Cream of the Western District' the main agricultural product of Skipton & District is Fine Wool, with farmers also running cattle and sheep for meat production.
The district farmers are able to grow a wide range of crops. The bright yellow of the Canola crops are a real feature when flowering and successful wheat, oats,
and other cereals make this a very important agricultural district.
The Skipton-Ballarat rail trail allows cyclists to ride between Skipton and Ballarat, in safety away from
the road traffic, enjoying recreational time to enjoy the great views with great stopping places along the route.
Variety Market is held on the second Saturday of each month, with Stalls under cover at the Mechanics Hall in Anderson Street. Well worth a visit there is something for everyone in the well stocked stalls. New Stallholders welcomed.
Skipton has a football
team competing in the Central Highlands Football League.
Skipton Golf & Bowls Club on Geelong Road, attracts Golfers from all areas. The picturesque
golf course available to green fee players seven days a week.
A Par 3 Course was introduced for those with limited time to play the shortened course, or for those
wanting to perfect their shorter game. Cards modified for the shorter Par 3 Course are alongside the 18 Hole Cards at the Club.