Nannup a pleasant town in Western Australia

The pretty little town of Nannup is nestled right in the middle of Western Australia’s South West within easy reach of Busselton, Margaret River, Pemberton, Balingup and Bridgetown and it is about a three hour drive from Perth.

Nestled on the banks of the Blackwood River, Nannup is a town of just 1,200 people, and many of the buildings in the main street are heritage listed, including the Nannup Visitor Centre which is situated in the old gaol.  When you go to the Visitor Centre you can see the original cells, which are very tiny and dark, containing just a swag on the hard wood floor as a bed, and you realise just how tough it must have been to have spent time there.

Nannup is a word that belongs to the Nyoongar Aboriginal People, and it means “stopping place”.  It’s easy to see why people like to stop at Nannup as it has much natural beauty contained in its forests and along the Blackwood River, and I found the locals to be very welcoming.

The main industries here are timber and agriculture, particularly cattle, but other industries, such as wine making and cheese making are also established near Nannup.  

The area around Nannup bursts into colour in Spring when the wildflowers come to life.  There is a really interesting wildflower walk that is located just across the Blackwood River just off the Vasse Highway which leads to Busselton.  Hear you will find many different types of native West Australian flora and of particular interest are several different types of native orchid.

Apart from the native wildflowers, Nannup is also known for its tulips and, at the right time of year, the streets of Nannup came alive with the vibrant colours of tulips.

There are several other walks you can do in and around the town, including the Heritage Trail, which gives you the opportunity to observe the town in close detail, and the River Walk Trail, which follows the Blackwood River for a while.

Nannup is also known for the Nannup Tiger, a thylacine (or the extinct Tasmanian Tiger as it is more commonly known), which certainly existed in the area millennia ago.  However, some people are of the opinion that the Nannup Tiger still exists in the area, and there have been some supposed sightings between the 1970s and 1990s, but no evidence of their current existence has been found. The thylacine is not a tiger in the traditional sense, but a carnivorous marsupial, that were probably wiped out on the mainland after dingoes were introduced to Australia many thousands of years ago.

Some of the popular activities around Nannup are kayaking and canoeing on the Blackwood River.  There is a lot of accommodation in and around Nannup, ranging from tent sites to B&B’s, farm stays, hotels and motels.  Nannup hosts two popular festivals each year, the Nannup Flower and Garden Festival which is usually held in August each year, and the Nannup Music Festival which is held on a long weekend in March.  Apart from the main acts, buskers are encouraged to take their music to the streets to enliven the atmosphere.

If you are visiting Western Australia’s South West, it is worth stopping in Nannup for a few days, or even just a few hours, so that you too can enjoy this rather attractive historic town.

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