Skipton is an agricultural town known for fine wool production, located in Victoria’s western district. It is known as ‘the home of the platypus’. Mount Emu Creek has a healthy population of redfin and platypuses. Recent trapping surveys have shown that the platypus is breeding successfully right in the heart of the township. The best place to view these beautiful animals is in Stewart Park.

One of Skipton’s claim to fame was the Hollywood actress who moved to the town in 1918. The wealthiest farmer in the district returned from an extended trip overseas with a Hollywood bride – the silent movie star Claire Adams.


Rural health students have access to accommodation managed by health service partners. Contact the Health Service directly for accommodation bookings. Skipton hospital is part of the Beaufort and Skipton Health Service.

Email Tahlia Landt for accommodation bookings at:


Alternative options:

Beaufort: Beaufort Lake Caravan Park, see

Skipton: Skipton Roadhouse & Newsagency Accommodation,

Useful Links

For more information on the region, and what it has to offer, please visit the web links below.

Tourist information:  

For further information on Skipton see .

going rural health support

You may be eligible for Going Rural Health financial assistance to support a placement in Skipton. Please visit the Student Support Scheme page for more details HERE.



General enquiries:

Phone: (03) 8344 6791



Thanks to Mattinbgn at Wikimedia Commons for the use of pictures.