The name Narrikup comes from the Aboriginal name of a nearby brook which is thought to mean “place of abundance”.
Narrikup is located 20km south of Mount Barker and is 140 m above sea level.
Narrikup is thought of as the birthplace of agriculture in the shire of Plantagenet. The area was visited by Thomas Wilson who travelled from Albany in 1829 when he camped on the banks of the stream some miles westward of the current townsite. The drained swamps have been very productive over time with potatoes as a mainstay up until World War II when dairying became a major focus, combined with pigs. By the late 1960s potatoes came to a halt to be replaced by cattle breeding.
The Narrikup Cricket Club boasts the only boundary fence in the world built from cricket bats. It also has the biggest cricket bat in the Southern Hemisphere, an eight-metre cricket bat next to the clubhouse