Carbunup River is a small town in the South West region of Western Australia. At the 2016 census, it had a population of 116.[1] It is situated between Dunsborough and Margaret River on the banks of the Carbunup River.

The townsite was declared in 1926 as Carbunup but the name was changed in 1958 to Carbunup River to prevent confusion with the town of Carbarup which is a town located near Mount Barker.[2]

The town is named after the Carbunup River, the word Carbunup is Aboriginal in origin and is thought to mean place of the cormorants or place of a kindly stram or place of the Stinkwood thicket.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Carbunup River". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 August 2019. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – C". Retrieved 2 April 2011.