Dinner Plain, Victoria

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Dinner Plain
Dinner plain summer pano.jpg
Dinner Plain
Dinner Plain is located in Alpine Shire
Dinner Plain
Dinner Plain
Coordinates 37°01′48″S 147°16′44″E / 37.03000°S 147.27889°E / -37.03000; 147.27889Coordinates: 37°01′48″S 147°16′44″E / 37.03000°S 147.27889°E / -37.03000; 147.27889
Population 143 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3898
Elevation 1,570 m (5,151 ft)
LGA(s) Alpine Shire
State electorate(s) Ovens Valley
Federal Division(s) Indi
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
9.7 °C
49 °F
2.7 °C
37 °F
1,207.7 mm
47.5 in

Dinner Plain is a town[2] 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,[1] yet has over 200 lodges and chalets for tourist accommodation.

Dinner Plain is a thriving all year round resort with a wide range of summer activities such as bush walking, horse riding, mountain biking and tennis.

Dinner Plain has one ski tow for use during winter.

Another view of Dinner Plain


The late Holocene (pre-Contact) Aboriginal traditional owners of the Dinner Plain region were likely the Omeo tribe of the Yaitmatang (various spellings) language group (Howitt 1904). Other groups of Aboriginal people, including neighbouring Dhuduroa, Brabalung (Gunai-Kurnai) likely passed through and visited the Alpine area of Victoria's High Country. Gunn (2002) has suggested a widespread "confederacy" of tribes existed across the Australian Alps during the late Holocene. He further argues that these connections may have ancient origins that are evident through a common rock art style that emphasises human figures (Gunn 2002: 8). This alpine art style has origins in the mid-Holocene around 3500 BP, when the rock shelters of the region were primarily used for ritual purposes (Gunn 2002: 7-8), and is likely to precede the tribal boundaries encountered historically by 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.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Dinner Plain (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 December 2014.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Dinner Plain map". Google. Retrieved 10 February 2009. 

HOWITT, A. W. 1904 The native tribes of South Eastern Australia. MacMillan, London. (Aboriginal Studies Press reprint 1996). GUNN, R. G. 2002 Mudgegonga 2 and the Rock Art of North East Victoria. Rock Art Research 19: 1-17.

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