BALINGUP   KIRUP

Balingup, Boyanup and Kirup are drive through towns encountered when traveling north from Bridgetown heading to Bunbury. Balingup and Boyanup do not qualify for a Bustout synopsis and Kirup only just. To give the towns a note we have combined Kirup and Balingup.

Balingup takes its name from Balingup Pool, located on the Balingup Brook which flows through the town. The name was first recorded by a surveyor in 1850, and is said to be derived from the name of Noongar warrior, Balingan. Balingup originally had a station on the railway line, opened in 1898, the same year the town was gazetted.

Balingup was known in the twentieth century for fruit and vegetable growing, and more recently for beef cattle and dairy farming.

The Balingup Catholic Church is located on the southern fringe of the town.

The War Memorial has great prominence.

The Kirup townsite was initially a railway siding, named Upper Capel, for the Donnybrook to Bridgetown railway line, constructed in 1898By 1900 the government started to sell blocks in the area, shortly after a sawmill had been built. The town was gazetted in 1901; the name is thought to be Aboriginal for "place of the summer flies".

The hotel was established circa 1905.

Kirup was originally settled as a timber town exporting railway sleepers. Most of the town's income now comes from orcharding. Several farms grow organic fruit and vegetables along with olives and there are large cattle farms in the outlying areas

Kirup is famous for its Kirup Syrup, an Italian red wine that was originally made by Alberto Vinci at his vineyards in Kirup using the family recipe.

The Kirup Catholic Church is a couple of 100 mtrs off the main Hgy. No mass time and no saint designation. But does continue to operate.

The Kirup War Memorial is a simple acknowledgement.

These towns are drive through locations, bit if the timing is right a coffee at Balingup or refreshment Kirup could be considered.

Heritage diary

 

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store   Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
  Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
  Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding   Golf Course