Narrikup is a small town between Albany and Mount Barker in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. At the 2006 census, Narrikup had a population of 515.[1]

The name Narrikup comes from the Aboriginal name of a nearby brook which is thought to mean "place of abundance".[2]

The area was visited by Thomas Wilson who travelled from Albany in 1829 when he camped on the banks of the stream west of the current townsite.[3]

The town is located on the Great Southern Railway line which was completed in this area in 1889, although initially the siding was named Hay River.[2]

A reserve for the townsite was put aside in 1901 and in 1905 20 lots were surveyed; the townsite was finally gazetted in 1907.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Narrikup (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  2. ^ a b Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – N". Retrieved 21 August 2008.
  3. ^ "Albany Gateway - Narrikup History". 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2008.

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