Nannup Western Australia
Known as the Garden Village, there are plenty of open gardens to visit. The historic town is surrounded by picturesque views, perfect for Mountain Bike riders due to the number of trails int he area, or for those who simply want to take things a little slower. Fish for trout, marron in season or go canoeing, birdwatching and bushwalking.
Spend some time browsing through art, craft, and furniture galleries.
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Where is Nannup?
Nannup is 282 kilometres south of Perth.
Nannup is an inland town situated in the Southern Forests area of Australia's South West tourist region. Nannup is surrounded by the scenic farmlands of the Blackwood River Valley, with farmlands and forest undulating to the south-west coast at Augusta. One of the best ways to get to Nannup is to hire a car from Perth Airport.
Things to see in Nannup
The Blackwood River
This cave, 21 kilometres south of Margaret River contains fossils dating back over 35 000 years! First recorded by Europeans in 1850, the cave has been open to the public since 1904. The cave has been transformed into a high-tech, self-discovery attraction. The name says it all, the cave is huge.
The river is at the heart of Nannup and will immerse you into a country setting with streams, waterfalls and rapids. A favourite activity on the river is canoeing, depending on the season changing from a gentle paddle to a wild run down the rapids. Fishing in the river is also fun and popular.
The 40 kilometre "Blackwood Scenic Drive" follows the beautiful Blackwood River to Balingup, with places to stop for picnics. "Tathra, the Farmhouse Kitchen" is along the way as well as a special Wildflower drive and walk. The way to Bridgetown, Manjimup and Pemberton are also magnificent drives.
Choose between the 2.5 kilometre Heritage trail through Nannup, the River Walk Trail along the Blackwood River, the Kondil Park Wildflower Walk; which meanders through jarrah forest or the Timberline Trail from Barrabup Pool to Cambray. Most of the trails are good for bike riding too.
Located about 10 kilometres west of Nannup, Barrabup is a natural pool and lovely for swimming and picnics. Also popular and nearby is Red Gully, another popular picnic and swimming area with camping sites and walk trails. Tell your friends you went swimming in some Australian waterholes.
What's the weather like?
Nannup has a Mediterranean climate with mild summers and cold winters. Rainfall is plentiful during Winter and provides the ideal area for fruit growing such as Apples and Cherries and also for farming sheep and dairy production. The weather is very pleasant for much of the year. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 28°C with an average minimum temperature of 12°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 16°C with an average minimum temperature of 5°C.
Get to know Nannup's history
The word Nannup comes from the Noongyar Aboriginal people who once inhabited the area and means a place to stay. The land around Nannup, known in the early days as the Lower Blackwood, was first taken up in the 1850's by settlers. During the early days of settlement, Nannup was the point where people making their way to and from the coast and their farms on the Warren and Donnelly Rivers, crossed the Blackwood River. The isolated settlement grew gradually, timber mill workers and farmers moved into the district.
Nannup with its population of about 1200 has kept that old country town image even today it is untouched by the developments that are dominating the coastal towns. A visit to the town is like stepping back into history. Buildings have been preserved with their heritage features in tact. The timber and cattle industries continue to dominate Nannup's economy, however tourism and floriculture are beginning to establish a presence in the town.