Birchip & The Mallee Bull
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Birchip is located on the southern edge of the Mallee in N.W. Victoria, approximately 320 km from Melbourne. Birchip is in the Shire of Buloke with a town population of 822 and an area population of 1200.
Birchip enjoys hot, dry summers, beautiful autumns, mild winters, glorious springs and amazing Mallee Sunsets. The national Grampians parks of Hattah and Wyperfield are just a couple of hours away providing an opportunity to experience the richness of desert life or mountain ranges of the Grampians. Swan Hill and Horsham are a little over one hour away from Birchip.
Five main roads enter the town at the five ways corner. A road passes through Birchip that divides the Wimmera region (to the south) from the Mallee region (to the north). To travel to Birchip from Melbourne there are two preferred routes, one through Ballarat via the Sunraysia Highway and one through Bendigo via the Calder Highway.
Closer settlement began in the area known as Wirrim Birchip around 1882 and the town was surveyed as Birchip in 1887-though known by the original name for quite some years later.
The farms in the area typically grow wheat, barley, canola, and other cereals. Some people farm pigs, turkeys, ducks and cattle but most livestock in the district are sheep.