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Kirup - Cities, Towns and Localities
Located on the South Western Highway between Donnybrook and Balingup, and once a major exporter of timber railway sleepers, Kirup is now a sleepy township with its own unique charm.

Located approximately 225 km from Perth, on the South Western Highway, it was originally a siding named Upper Capel on the Donnybrook-Bridgetown railway when it opened in 1898.

A name was sought in  1901 for the town site with the name ‘Kirupp’ beings recorded in official papers, although no meaning was given.  The double ‘p’ indicated that the preceding vowel should be shortened. This was later seen as not relevant, and the spelling was amended to Kirup in 1931.

The name is thought to be of Aboriginal origin, possibly stemming from ‘kura’, meaning ‘the place of summer flies’.

Source: Landgate - History of country town names - K

Check out our listing of Kirup accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Donnybrook-Balingup Tourist Information Centre

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