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.
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".
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Kirup is famous for its Kirup Syrup, an Italian red wine that was originally made by Alberto Vinci at his vineyards in Kirup using the family recipe.
These towns are drive through locations, bit if the timing is right a coffee at Balingup or refreshment Kirup could be considered.