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.