Skipton is located 167 km west of Melbourne via the Glenelg Highway and 52 km south-west of Ballarat. Skipton is a small rural service centre which, historically, was surrounded by huge properties owned & run by wealthy graziers. It is no accident that the main attraction in the district is Mooramong, an impressive set of rural buildings which were the home of silent-screen star Claire Adams and her husband Donald 'Scobie' Mackinnon until gifted to the National Trust in the 1980's. The town is located on Mount Emu Creek and offers a primary school, supermarket, chemist, hotel, takeaway stores, a garage, Bric-a-brac store, Skipton Art Gallery, Pottery & a post office. Skipton is situated in a productive farming area toward the northern edge of Victoria’s sheep grazing Western District.