Mortchup: Where To Go / Sightseeing
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.
Skipton, VIC, 3361
Located 20.3K from Mortchup
Ballarat Golf Club
The Ballarat Golf Club has a long and proud history spanning back to 1895 as Australia's oldest continually played golf course. The championship course has been redesigned by Peter Thomson and Ross Perret and provides an outstanding experience for golfers of all levels.
The course has ranked amongst the top 100 public access courses in Australia by Golf Australia magazine in 2011, 2013 and 2015 and achieved rankings in Aus Golf's Top 100 Best Conditions and Course lists for the past three years. The course is fast becoming known as one of the best courses in Regional Victoria.
The club house is home to award winning Greenside bistro and bar, a fully stocked pro shop and modern conference and function facilities. Guests are always welcome and we offer fabulous play and stay packages for visitors.
1800 Sturt Street
Alfredton, VIC, 3350
Located 24.2K from Mortchup
Enfield State Park
Now a haven for wildlife, Enfield State parks was once dominated by tents and diggers from around the world during Victoria's gold rush.
Visit the park in spring and be rewarded by colourful and unusual wildflowers.
Picnic facilities are available at the Surface Point picnic area and at Enfield picnic area. Remote Long Gully, which can be reached by vehicle or on foot from Surface Point, also has a picnic ground. You should bring your own firewood, as it is not always available locally.
The park features many walking tracks of various lengths and terrain. A circuit walking track with side tracks to Enfield and Bald Hills provides long distance walking while shorter walks are available around Surface Point and Long Gully.
Horses can be ridden on formed vehicle tracks open for public use but must not be taken on walking tracks.
Facilities are provided at Surface Point, and while bush camping is permitted, remember fires can only be lit in fireplaces provided. Campers are not required to book sites or pay fees for camping in Enfield State Park.
Mountain bike riding
An increasingly popular activity, many opportunities exist for bike riders to experience the park. Bicycles are not permitted on walking tracks, but tracks are available for use.
Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.
Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.
Ballarat - Colac Rd
Enfield, VIC, 3352
Located 24.6K from Mortchup
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.
Skipton, VIC, 3361
Located 17.3K from Mortchup
IRONMAN 70.3 Ballarat
IRONMAN 70.3 Ballarat offers athletes a chance to create their own legacy in Victoria's thriving event city.
Athletes will commemorate the fallen heroes of the past as they pass the iconic War Memorials throughout the 1.9 kilometre swim, 90 kilometre cycle, 21.1 kilometre run course.
The 1.9 kilometre swimming leg takes in the 1956 Olympic rowing course of Lake Wendouree, which this year will also host the World Masters Rowing Regatta in October. The two lap, 90 kilometre bike course is steeped in history, encompassing the majestic Avenue of Honour and Arch of Victory. The final leg of IRONMAN 70.3 Ballarat is a two lap, 21 kilometre run taking in the Steve Moneghetti Track, named after Ballarat's famous marathon Olympian.
This is an event to lock into the race calendar! Competitors have a chance to win one of 25 age group qualifying spots for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship to be held in Austria during August 2015.
IRONMAN 70.3 Ballarat has the potential to be one of the best events in Australia, with an exciting new course, great destination, close proximity to Melbourne and a unique grassroots flavour.
With an exciting new course, great destination, close proximity to Melbourne and a unique grassroots flavour, IRONMAN 70.3 Ballarat is going to be an amazing event not to be missed.
Avenue of Honour
Ballarat central, VIC, 3350
Located 24.6K from Mortchup