We pop down to Nannup quite often, for a weekend stroll, a bike ride, or just to have lunch in one of the cafes along the main street. It’s a sleepy town considered the gateway to the south west, and from whichever way you approach you’re sure of some rolling agricultural scenery or tall forests. Coming up is the Music Festival, its held every year in early March and it’s event which we love to attend.
You might too – the atmosphere, the acts and the setting are truly memorable. Here’s a link to where you can find out more and book: Nannup Music Festival It’s on from the 4th to 7th March 2016.
Nannup is considered a ‘Festival’ town because it hosts some wonderful annual events, and to tell you the truth, you’ll only find it busy on these occasions – which is bliss, or not, depending on how you like things.
Festivals and Markets
There’s the Garden and Flower festival, the Music Festival, and the Arts Festival, to name just three, and day trippers or weekenders appear from far and wide to join in the community festivities. But imagine back in the day when Perth was once 17 to 20 days from Nannup as pioneers traveled by horse and buggy. Today the 280km jurney from Perth takes about two and a half hours while from Bunbury it’s just over an hour.
Things to do in Nannup
I’ve written about many other things to do in Nannup here:
But here are some recommended ideas …
Ask at the visitor centre for maps of bush walks, wildflower walks (in season) and the Bibbulman track walks.
If you’re into cycling try the scenic Munda Biddi bike trail that runs along the old timberline, and the sidings trail too.
Pop into Holberry House gardens for a tranquil time amongst the trees, sculptures and burbling streams.
Take it easy and enjoy breakfast or lunch in the main street at a quirky cafe.
Fast Facts about Nannup
- The earliest recorded European exploration was in 1834.
- Nannup (from the Aboriginal) means “Place to stop and rest” .
- Agriculture, viticulture, aquaculture, tourism and refined wood products are the sustaining industries of the region and are taking over from timber industry.
- Nannup has around 1300 residents.
- The railway line was established in 1909, and provided transport to Perth in one day. It ceased operation in 1984. You can see evidence of the old rail trail at the restored bridge over the Blackwood River at Nannup Caravan Park, and the old timberline trail is now part of the Munda Biddi cycle track.
- Nannup was an important meeting place for the Wardandi and Bibbulmun people.
- The Blackwood River floods regularly and has been recorded since 1913. The most recent flood was in 1982 when much of the town site was under water.
- The Nannup Tiger is a local legend and there have been rumours of sightings. The Thylacine is a large dog like creature, once Australia’s largest marsupial carnivore. Shy and secretive it’s habitat being dense forests, it was declared extinct in 1936, but Nannup is tiger territory and sightings continue to be made but not confirmed.
- Nannup is near Margaret River, Bridgetown and Balingup – a great road trip.