This peaceful little town, about 280km south from Perth and 60km south-east of Busselton, belies WA’s reputation as a dry, hot and arid place. Around Nannup it’s timber country - jarrah, karri and pine, mostly.
On the Blackwood River, in the lush and productive Blackwood Valley, it’s a cooler place of valleys, waterfalls and dense forests. Timber milling is big business to this day and it’s here at Nannup that you’ll find the Bunnings company’s big jarrah mill which is the largest single employer in Nannup.
The Blackwood River - the largest down this way - is full of trout and marron and is a favourite with canoeists.
The original Nannup Police Station, built in 1868, is now the Tourist Information Office. Across the road is Nannup's first brick building, a somewhat incongruous Victorian-style building called Templemore, built circa 1908 by an Irishman named James Kearney. But, apart from these heritage buildings, Nannup has been rebuilt over the years because of fire and other natural disasters and little remains of its original physical character.
From Nannup, visitors can enjoy a scenic drive along the Nannup/Balingup Tourist Drive which winds through forest, rolling hills and farmland.
The Nannup Music Festival is held each year in early March. Or visit in August to enjoy spectacular displays of tulips and daffodils.