An historic goldfields town since 1860   

Ballarat to Skipton Rail Trail

The Ballarat–Skipton Rail Trail runs 53 kilometres along the old Skipton railway line from western Ballarat, southwest through Haddon, Smythesdale and Pittong to Skipton. Running through Linton, the Rail Trail is ideal for the walker, cyclist or horse-rider that enjoys stunning scenery and spotting native wildlife.

Rail Trail Map

Clarkesdale Bird Sanctuary

The Clarkesdale Bird Sanctuary is a nature reserve focused on protecting and restoring habitat for woodland birds. Located on the Linton-Pigoreet Road in Happy Valley, the Sanctuary has brilliant birding opportunities all year round. Open to visitors throughout the year, visitors are encouraged to make contact before their first visit. Campers are welcome, and there are excellent facilities that cater to a number of unpowered sites. Booking is essential for planned overnight stays and group visits.

Flagstaff Hill Look Out

Located just outside Linton, this lookout lets you see right across Golden Plains, with views that span the Otways, Grampians, Bass Straight and the surrounding farm lands. The location is a great spot for scenic photographs.

Flagstaff Hill Lookout is approximately two km from the centre of town towards Skipton on the Glenelg Highway.

Lakes and Reserves

Linton Mortchup Reservoir

Situated on the Rail Trail 500m north of the town centre, this stunning spot provides people with somewhere to sit and relax, watch the bird life, or take a stroll around the lake.

Edinburgh Reserve

Once the site of the local swimming pool, and recently improved by the Linton Gardening Group, Edinburgh Reserve is a short stroll from the centre of town and has a pergola and barbecue facilities.

Devil's Kitchen

Devil’s Kitchen is an impressive geological reserve in Piggoreet. The Woady Yaloak River winds its way through a thickly vegetated valley, surrounded by cliffs of spectacular basalt columns. A couple of Peregrine Falcon nests can be spotted in the cliff face across from the parking area. A gravel track travels down into the reserve and crosses the Woady Yaloak River. Visitors need to be very careful of potholes, trip hazards, uneven ground and mine shafts if walking off the track. Although this reserve is thickly overgrown, you can still see mullock heaps, foundations, mine adits and more.

Linton Diggings and Cemetery

Visit this very picturesque cemetery which is off the Linton-Snake Valley Road. More photos can be found here

Linton Cemetery, Linton, Victoria

Nimons Bridge

Nimons Bridge was Victoria's fourth-tallest timber trestle bridge when built, and is the third-tallest surviving example. It is also the second-largest composite bridge combining traditional timber piers with rolled steel joist spans and a timber deck.  The bridge is the most visually spectacular timber-trestle rail bridge in Western Victoria and is among the most iconic timber-trestle rail bridges surviving anywhere in Australia. Located near Scarsdale and Newtown, the bridge is part of the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail.

Mooramong Homestead

Hollywood comes to the homestead at this 1860s country house revamped for an Australian millionaire and his movie star wife. Mooramong was a 21st birthday present for Donald ‘Scobie’ Mackinnon who remodelled it in 1938 for his movie star wife Claire Adams. Now Mooramong recaptures the life and times of the Mackinnons from the 1930s to the 1960s. The house features their photographs, curios and objects d’art. The property is on a working farm of 4,000 acres running sheep and producing crops. The estate also incorporates the Mackinnon Nature Reserve which is home to the endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoot and other Australian species including the Wedge-Tailed Eagle and Brolga. This property is usually open the second Saturday of the month 12pm – 4pm. It is on the Glenelg Highway, Carranballac via Skipton.

Linton and District Historical Society

Meetings are held on the third Sunday of the month except in January, July and August, at the Letty Armstrong Resource Centre, 71 Sussex Street, Linton. These mostly take the form of History Nights, where there is a presentation and discussion of a particular historical topic, perhaps involving a speaker or the showing of a film.

Open Days are held on the second Sunday of the month, except January, July and August, from 2PM - 5PM.

Snake Valley Golf Club

Chepstowe Road Snake Valley 
Enquiries: 0475 456 114

Skipton Pool

15 minute drive from Linton 
1 Blake Street Skipton

For summer opening hours contact 5340 2234