Wilyabrup is a locality in the Margaret River wine region, in the local government area of the City of Busselton. At the 2016 census, it had a population of 180.[1] It has the highest concetration of premium wine producers in the region.[2] It contains the Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs, which are used for rock-climbing and abseiling, along with Quinninup Falls, which are on the Cape to Cape Track.[3]

The name "Wilyabrup" (also spelt "Willyabrup") comes from the local Wilyabrup Brook, which first appeared on planning documents in 1865, and may be derived from "Worlyabaraap", a Noongar word meaning "northern sky".[4] The area was developed in the 1920s as part of the Group Settlement Scheme, with the construction of a hall beginning in 1922 and a school on the site in 1928; the school was destroyed by fire in 1954.[5][6] Wine began to be grown there in the 1960s and 1970s, with Vasse Felix and Cullen Wines being the first vineyards in Wilyabrup.[5] The area was gazetted as a bounded locality in 1987, having previously been a postal district.[4]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Wilyabrup". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 August 2019. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Other towns". Your Margaret River Region. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Quinninup Falls". Your Margaret River Region. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  4. ^ a b Bennett, Rob (8 August 2012). "The tale of Wilyabrup". Busselton-Dunsborough Mail. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Wilyabrup Valley Viticultural Heritage Precinct". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Wilyabrup". Municipal Heritage Inventory (PDF). City of Busselton. 2013. pp. 384–385. Retrieved 9 August 2019.