Birchip is situated 87 km north-north-west of St Arnaud on the Sunraysia Highway, on the southern edge of the Mallee.

Farms in the area grow wheat, barley, canola, and other cereals. Most of the livestock in the district are sheep, though there are pig, turkey, duck and cattle farms also.

Tchum Lake is 8km east of Birchip. Camping, swimming, boating, windsurfing, fishing, water-skiing, BBQ’s and walking are popular activities.

The Mallee Bull (below) is an icon of Birchip, and has been the backdrop of many visitor photographs since it was instated in the main street in 1991.


Rural health students have access to accommodation managed by health service partners.

Please contact the health service directly to book accommodation. Birchip is part of East Wimmera Health Service. See for contact details.

Other options in town include:

The Birchip Hotel: (03) 5492 2612

The Birchip Motel Caravan Park: (03) 5492 2566



Useful Links

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

Tourist information: see and select the appropriate town.

See for more information.

going rural health support

You may be eligible for Going Rural Health financial assistance to support a placement in Birchip. 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.