Home of the annual Nannup Music Festival, this character-filled town has lots of beauty to offer year-round. Located on the banks of the Blackwood river and about 270km south of Perth, coming to Nannup feels like stepping back through time. The peaceful main street is home to weatherboard shop fronts and colourful garden beds.
The main street offers tea rooms, cafes and quaint shops. You might even like to kick back at the historic Nannup Hotel, a landmark of the town first built around 1900. Their kitchen offers crowd favourites such as scotch fillet, chicken parmi and nachos, with an accompanying kids menu.
The Kondil Park offers a few scenic walks, notably the Wildflower Wander, the Sheoak Trail and the Casuarina Walk, where you can immerse yourself in vibrant native flowers from September through to November. To cool off head to Barrabup Pool or Workman’s Pool, great spots to camp and swim. You might even like to bring a picnic of delights from Cambray Cheese, a source of artisan cheeses made from local sheep and cows’ milk, only a 10-minute drive from the heart of Nannup.
20 minutes from Nannup is the Donnelly River Village, an old timber town now operating as a tourist village. In this Karri forest ‘town’ there are self-contained cottages and a general store, with a flying fox, swimming lake and a tennis court to keep you and the kids entertained. The quirkiest thing about this village is the tame emus, kangaroos, possums and kookaburras that roam freely, and have even been known to pay a friendly visit to your cottage!
Nannup also has several other cosy and beautiful accommodation options, including timber cottages close to town, forest chalets and bed & breakfasts near the river. Holberry House offers guest rooms in its English manor retreat only a short walk from the town centre and is the home of the Holberry Sculpture Walk.
The visitors centre is located at the Blackwood Café (perhaps enjoy lunch with a side of local knowledge), contactable on (08) 9756 1120.