Situated on the banks of the Blackwood River, Nannup has been perfectly preserved as a character-filled timber town from the early 1900s, and as a result it was chosen as a film location in the recent 1970s-inspired surf movie Drift. Bullnose verandas, weatherboard shop fronts and colourful flower boxes all enhance the delightful appeal of the town and keep it in character. A walk along Nannup's main street will take you past tearooms and gift stores full of local wares.
The Garden Village
The town has earned the label of the ‘Garden Village’ in honour of its many beautiful gardens and garden festivals, most notably the Flower and Garden Festival each August which stars Nannup’s beautiful displays of tulips. The region also participates in the Festival of Country Gardens each Spring and Autumn, and there’s several farms open seasonally for visitors. When in town, ask for directions to the lavender farm (December to January), chestnut farm (April to June), fruit farms (December to April) and the tulip farm (July to September).
Held annually over the March long weekend, the Nannup Music Festival showcases a host of up and coming local, Australian and international acts. The festival has its roots in the South West Folk Festival, and now offers visitors an eclectic mix of acts through free and ticketed events, street performances, workshops, bush poetry, jam sessions and a Family Fun area for our little Festival-goers to get involved.
Top things to do in Nannup and surrounds
- Pay homage to Marinko Tomas, a farmer, originally from Nannup, who was Western Australia's first national serviceman killed in the Vietnam War. A memorial with a statue and plaque was erected in March 1988 in Nannup's Bicentennial Park.
- Take a dip in Barrabup Pool or Workman’s Pool. Part of St Jonh’s Brook, both pools make an ideal spot for a refreshing swim or a picnic. Guests can also camp overnight at both locations.
- Take the Holberry Sculpture Walk, located in the beautifully manicured gardens of Holberry House. There’s plenty of walk trails surrounding Nannup too, which take visitors along the river and into the nearby forest. The scenery is especially beautiful in spring when the wildflowers burst into colour.
- Visit Cambray Cheese, a genuine farmhouse cheese producer just 12 kilometres from Nannup. You can BYO wine and sit down to enjoy some cheese in the peaceful farm surrounds, or watch the afternoon sheep milking.
- Paddle down the Blackwood River in a canoe. Paddle upstream to rapids or downstream to sandy banks in the depth of the forest. Ask in town about canoe hire.
- Tacking the orienteering course at Nannup Foreshore Park.
- Plan a bike ride. The Munda Biddi bike trail intersects Nannup, and there’s companies that offer transport to and from the track.