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Skipton

Named for a village in Yorkshire, Skipton also traces back to the Anglo-Saxon word for 'sheep town', which is perfectly apt as the Glenelg Highway township has long hosted fine wool sales.

It staged the first rural show in the State's Western District in 1859. The first regional station, Bamganie, was opened up in 1839, and beer began flowing in the Skipton Hotel in 1859.

The district showpiece is Mooramong homestead which dates back to the 1870s. The homestead and its furniture reflect the life and elegant style of its most famous owners, American silent movies star Claire Adams and her husband Scobie Mackinnon.

They bought the property in 1937 and remodelled the run-down interior in Art Deco style. The property remains an operating farm and the homestead is surrounded by a native flora and fauna reserve established according to the Mackinnons' wishes after Mooramong was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1982.

Skipton: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Mooramong


What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than exploring the warm and cosy homestead of the late Scobie and Claire Mackinnon. View the opulent decor and furnishing of the home including many art deco objects are curios collected from all over the world.

Built in the early 1860s and remodelled in 1938, this homestead elegantly echoes the lifestyle of D.J.S (Scobie) Mackinnon and his Hollywood screen star wife Claire Adams. This homestead, based on a working farm near Skipton, feels like a lived in home with the photographs, furniture, curios and objects d'art as they were left by the MacKinnons invoking memories of the 1930s, 40s, 50s and 60s.

The 600 acre nature reserve is also home to kangaroos, swamp wallabies and numerous birds including brolgas. Many birds of prey, including wedge tailed eagles, can be seen here.

The Mackinnon Nature Reserve has become one of the leading centres for the re-establishment of the endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoot. There are self-guided walks of the reserve for visitors.

Bring a picnic lunch and roam the extensive gardens, Park and outbuildings or relax and watch the waterbirds on the house dam from the bird hide.

Afternoon tea available.




635 Mooramong Road
Carranballac, VIC, 3361

Located 9.5K from Skipton

Skipton: Events

Skipton Market


The Skipton Market is conveniently located on the Glenelg Highway between Ballarat and Hamilton. Skipton is blessed with beautiful parks and gardens and significant historic buildings.

On every second Saturday of the month, Skipton's Mechanics Hall becomes a local produce and shopping hub. Satisfy your tastebuds with homemade cakes, jams and sauces and let your green thumb guide you too your next plant discovery, or finish off that outfit with a unique piece of jewellery.


Event Dates
2017
      11th Nov
      9th Dec


Anderson Street
Skipton, VIC, 3361

Located 0.0K from Skipton

Skipton Market


The Skipton Market is conveniently located on the Glenelg Highway between Ballarat and Hamilton. Skipton is blessed with beautiful parks and gardens and significant historic buildings.

On every second Saturday of the month, Skipton's Mechanics Hall becomes a local produce and shopping hub. Satisfy your tastebuds with homemade cakes, jams and sauces and let your green thumb guide you too your next plant discovery, or finish off that outfit with a unique piece of jewellery.


Event Dates
2017
      11th Nov
      9th Dec


Anderson Street
Skipton, VIC, 3361

Located 0.0K from Skipton

harvFEST2018 - Living Local - Post Harvest Festival


harvFEST will be a great day out for everyone. After a successful 2017, harvFEST will be back bigger and better on Sunday March 4, 2018.

Kids will enjoy a day of activity, giving parents the chance to relax and enjoy everything else on offer.

AFL Football stars will be running a kicking competition on the day and signing autographs.

A fun filled day of local food, beer and wine, live music, market stalls, local producers, sporting clinics and plenty of activities for the kids.

Further details are available via the harvFEST Facebook page.


Event Dates
2018
      4th Mar
      4th Mar


1 Smythe Street
Skipton, VIC, 3361

Located 0.5K from Skipton

110th Lake Goldsmith Steam Rally


Step back in time to a world of blacksmiths, steam engines and vintage machinery at the Lake Goldsmith Steam and Vintage Rally.

Held twice a year this event attracts people from across the country to view vintage machinery at its finest.

There are 65 display sheds with steam and oil engines, operational 90-tonne Ruston steam shovel, Buyrus rail-mounted steam shovel, Furphy tank rebarelling, blacksmith, grand parade daily, children's activities, parents' room, second-hand goods sales, stalls, crafts and food.


Event Dates
2017
      4th Nov
      5th Nov


1234 Lake Goldsmith-Carngham Road
Lake Goldsmith, VIC, 3373

Located 14.8K from Skipton

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