Dinner Plain, Victoria
|Population||143 (2011 census)|
|Elevation||1,570 m (5,151 ft)|
|State electorate(s)||Ovens Valley|
Dinner Plain is a town in Victoria, Australia, located on the Great Alpine Road, 13 kilometres from Mount Hotham Alpine Resort, and 375 kilometres from Melbourne. At the 2011 census, Dinner Plain had a population of 143, yet has over 200 lodges and chalets for tourist accommodation.
Dinner Plain is now a thriving all year round resort with a wide range of summer activities such as bush walking, horse riding, mountain biking and tennis. The local pub is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week and a new spa and beauty centre has recently opened.
Dinner Plain has one small supermarket, Brandy Creek, which is open for business 364 days of the year.
Dinner Plain has one ski tow for use during winter.
The traditional Aboriginal owners of the Dinner Plain region are the Gunai - Kurnai people. http://www.atns.net.au/agreement.asp?EntityID=5037 Aboriginal people lived in, and passed through, the Alpine area of Victoria's High Country for many thousands of years.
The tradition of hospitality at Dinner Plain goes back well over a century, when mountain cattlemen first arrived to rest and graze their cattle. The site of Dinner Plain village was originally part of 640 acres (2.6 km2) . When the coaches were running between Omeo and Bright, they would stop here for midday dinner, hence the area became known as Dinner Plain.
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