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. Part of Corangamite Shire local
government area, Skipton is on the banks of Mount Emu Creek and at the 2006 census
had a population of 482.
Skipton is named after Skipton, in Yorkshire,
England and is known as "the home of the platypus".
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. The town held
the first agricultural show in the Western District
Fine wool is the main agricultural product of the Skipton area. A rail
trail allows cyclists to ride between Skipton and Ballarat.
Skipton has a football team competing in the Central Highlands
Golfers play at the course of the Skipton Golf Club on Geelong-Portland Road.
Skipton Variety Market is held on every second Saturday of the month at the Mechanics Hall in Anderson Street.