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Birchip is a small rural township of around 700 people which services the local  pastoral (mostly sheep) and agricultural industry. The town is unofficially the very southern marker of the Mallee.

Mallee Bull Birchip
Photograph by Longhair [CC BY 2.5 ], via Wikimedia Commons
Birchip claims to be the home of Big Red, the Mallee Bull.  Big Red was said to be the leader of a wild herd of cattle, one of which would be killed by the local land holder and shared with the aboriginal people as a regular occurrence.  The idea of a wild and possibly ferocious Mallee Bull grew as a legend of something to be avoided.

The region of the town was originally a pastoral run by the name of Wirmburchep around 1882. The name then ended up in records as Wirrimbirchip and finally when surveyed in 1887 became the shortened, Birchip.

A major recreational area is Tchum Lake that sits a couple of kilometres to the east of the town and is good for water sports, picnics or just relaxing with the family.