Kirup is the home of the famous; or should that be infamous; brew, Kirup Syrup. The drink is a red wine originally produced from a family recipe by
The town is quite small and is situated between Balingup and Donnybrook on the South West Highway.
The area is dominated by timber and the Bibbulmun Track allows walkers to experience some extraordinary sections of
the south west forests.
Just 17 kilometres from Kirup is a beautiful campsite at Grimwade. It can be accessed by sealed road and is suitable
for caravans and tents. From Kirup travel east along Brookhampton Road and turn south into Kirup - Grimwade Road. Follow this to a T junction at Grimwade Road
and turn east (left). Look for a small sealed road leading left and this will take you to the camping areas.
Originally a railway siding called Upper Capel, Kirup was gazetted as Kirupp in 1901 with the double 'p' being dropped in 1931. The word is form the
Aboriginal language and may mean 'place of summer flies'.
In 1901 a sawmill was started by the W.A. Jarrah Co. (owned by Bartram and Sons Melbourne) and it continued to operate until 1908.
John Cockworthy is credited with being the earliest settler in the district and he then sold his property to Col. N.M. Brazier. The Colonel is famous for taking
part in the charge of the 10th Australian Light Horse during World War One.
TALL TALES AND TRUE
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Bibbulmun Track, Grimwade Campsite.
BUILDINGS OF NOTE
Kirup tavern, Kirup hall.
State : Collie-Preston
Federal : Forrest
Postcode : 6251
Local Government : Shire of Donnybrook-Kirup
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