Birchip is a small Mallee service town surrounded by rich wheat farming lands. It has prospered as a service centre because of the reliable water supply provided by the Wimmera-Mallee open channel water system and the arrival of the railway in the late 19th century which guaranteed it continuing prosperity as a grain railhead.
Birchip was named after the Wirrumbirchip pastoral run which was taken up in 1842. The name is thought to be derived from an Aboriginal expression describing the track followed around the dense Mallee country when travelling towards Swan Hill.
Tchum Lake is located 8km east of Birchip and is an artificial lake which is used by the local community for swimming, boating, canoeing, water-skiing, windsurfing and fishing.
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