Situated on the banks of the Blackwood River and nestled in the Blackwood River Valley, Nannup has been perfectly preserved as a historic and character-filled timber town from the early 1900s. As a result, it was chosen as a film location in the 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, surrounded by trees it exudes peace and calm. A walk along Nannup's main street will take you past tearooms and gift stores full of local wares.
Nannup is a place to relax and recharge, get close to nature, discover our heritage or have an adventure. A hub of productivity and creativity with farms producing award-winning food and wine and artisans making furniture, arts and crafts. You will be welcomed by passionate and friendly locals.
Make sure you spend some time in Nannup to experience all it has to offer.
Nannup is a town where you can walk, ride and drive through forest and along the river, taking in magnificent views in every season. Experience beautiful autumn colours, wake up to a misty morning by the fireside in winter and see tulips springing up from planter boxes. To get the best out of your trip, try these trails:
- The Bibbulmun Track, a nearly 1000km long-distance walking trail from Kalamunda in Perth Hills to Albany.
- The Halfway point for the Munda Biddi Trail, a 1000km mostly off-road cycling trail from Mundaring in Perth Hills finishing in Albany.
- The Wildflower Wander in Kondil Park, known as the Kondil Walk (best experienced from September to November when wildflowers are in bloom).
Farm gates open in Nannup seasonally and all-year round, so you can sample all the delicious fresh produce straight from Nature's Pantry. Think local cheese, wine, chestnuts (April to June), honey, free-range eggs, olives and fruit (December to April). There is also a chance to catch fresh fish, or try a regional delicacy, marron (freshwater crayfish). When in town, ask for directions to the beautiful lavender farm (in season December to January).
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.
Nannup is home to 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. Along with the Nannup Music Festival, this charming town is also host to some world-class sporting events, such as the Tour of Margaret River, held in November each year. In April, motorsport enthusiasts enjoy the Forest Rally, and in May there is the Seven Off Road Cycle Challenge. This means there is always something to do and see in Nannup year-round.
Top things to do in Nannup and surrounds
- Explore natural beauty at Barrabup Pool or Workman's Pool, natural fresh water pools surrounded by bushland with walking and cycling trails, making them the perfect place to set up camp, go swimming, or enjoy the picnic facilities.
- Stroll Nannup's main street and discovery the history of each Heritage building, browse the many shops selling artisan wares and visit the "Moments in Time" exhibition to learn about Nannup's history.
- Take the Holberry Sculpture Walk located in the beautifully manicured gardens of Holberry House. There's plenty of walking trails surrounding Nannup, too, so be sure to keep on exploring. Find the Nannup Tigers and check out the many sculptures and artworks scattered around the town.
- Appreciate the Blackwood River from the Old Railway Bridge, take in the flood tree, then take the river walk and Kondil Wildflower Walk, keeping a constant lookout for flowers and wildlife.
- Pop up to the 'Tank 7 Scenic Lookout' at sunset to appreciate the colours of the valley from the best vantage point in town.
- Hire a bike and ride the Timberline Trail and the Munda Biddi Trail circuit, or take local transport for drop-offs and pick-ups.
- Take a charming country drive and visit farms along the way, or book a tour and let the locals do the driving while you enjoy the scenic views.
- Visit Donnelly River Village and meet the friendly emus and kangaroos and learn about Nannup's timber history.
- 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.
- Take time out to escape and relax at one of Nannup's many accommodation options, where you'll have the chance to disconnect and spend quality time with yourself or loved ones.