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Nannup - Cities, Towns and Localities
Located at the centre of the South West region, within the Blackwood River Valley region, is the historic mill town of Nannup. The name ‘Nannup’ comes from the Noongyar people who lived in the area, and it is said to mean ‘stopping place’ or ‘meeting place by the water’. This seems an appropriate name as prior to settlement, the only place you could cross the Blackwood River was at Nannup.

There is an alternative meaning, that the name was that of an Aboriginal guide who assisted the explorer John Forrest, during his travels through the region. Although the Nannup area was first explored by Thomas Turner, who had set out from Augusta in 1834 to explore the Blackwood River.

There are plenty of leisure activities to be had in the area including canoeing, swimming, fishing, marrons, wineries, and a historic tour of the local timber mill, to name just a few. For those who enjoy bush walking, there are a number of walking trails that take in the the Blackwood River, wildflowers, Jarrah Forest and town heritage.

Also known as the ‘The Garden Village’, Nannup has a number of private and public gardens, and tulip farms open for viewing, as well as the spring wildflower display in the surrounding bush. The month of August is Flower and Garden Month.

Check our listing of Nannup accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Nannup Tourist Information Centre
4 Brockman Street
Ph: 08 9756 1211
Fax: 08 9756 0051


MSN Map of Nannup, Western Australia
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Nannup Attractions

Barrabup Pool
• Located just 9 km west of Nannup off the Mowen Road. Barrabup Pool is a natural formation in St John’s Brook, forming a natural pool, that runs into the Blackwood River. Used as a swimming area, facilities include BBQ, picnic tables and toilets.
Blythe Family Gardens
• Nannup Visitor Centre • Ph/Fax: 08 9756 1211
• These gardens are located opposite the visitor centre, and are open every day.
Hillbrook Tulip Farm
• Lot 95 Warren Rd, NANNUP WA 6275 • Ph/Fax: 08 9756 1010
• Opened from 24th July til the 14th September, come and enjoy a stroll through the tulips. Potted tulips, cut flowers and bulbs for sale.
Memorial to Marinko Tomas
• Vasse Hwy, NANNUP WA 6275
• Located in the park at the southern end of town, is this monument in memory of a local youth who became the first Western Australian to be killed in the Vietnam War.
Nannup Arboretum
• Brockman St, NANNUP WA 6275
• Planted in 1926, located near the Blackwood River.
Nannup Tiger
• Local legend, which some would swear is true, is that there still roams in the region a Thylacine, commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger, and dubbed the ‘Nannup Tiger’. There have been a number of reported sightings over the years and fossil remains in caves to the west show that this was once Thylacine habitat. When a serious attempt in 1970 was made to find the animal, things took a comical turn, when some person painted stripes on a sheep, adding a long tail. So when out in the bush, keep your camera ready, because one picture could ensure your fame.
The Old Police Station
• 4 Brockman Street, NANNUP WA 6275
• Built in 1922 and now housing the Tourist Information Centre. The original cell block is open for viewing.
St Johns Brook
• Located just 9 km west of Nannup off the Mowen Road, this is an historic area that was one of the original sawmill settlements in the area, and of some significance in the history of Nannup. The area has regrowth forest, large fresh water pools and walking tails that lead you through Jarrah forest following the path of the St Johns Brook. Barrabup Pool is a natural formation in St John’s Brook enjoyed as a swimming and picnic spot. Another popular spot is Worker Pool, which has camping facilities in secluded forest surroundings. The two pools are linked by the Timberline walking trail, which follows Brook Road from Barrabup Pool north, for a distance of 15 km, with several remote camping areas along the trail.
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Nannup Events • Western Australia Events
Nannup Flower and Garden Festival • Nannup Visitor Centre
• Ph/Fax: 08 9756 1211 • Email: see above
• August
• Held over a week in August, this festival celebrates gardens in winter. Each year the ‘garden village’ comes alive with the colours of tulips and daffodils. There are art and photographic exhibition, as well as open gardens.
Nannup Regional Rose Festival • Nannup Visitor Centre
• Ph/Fax: 08 9756 1211 • Email: see above
• November
• Held over a weekend in November, this festival celebrates the rose with exhibitions, garden talk and craft displays.
Nannup Music Festival
• PO Box 216, NANNUP WA 6275 • Ph: 08 9756 1511 • Email
• WA Labour Day Long Weekend (March)
• Once a year the town of Nannup comes alive with performers from across Australia and the world. Enjoy a variety of fold and world music, poetry, dance and street theatre throughout the village.
Quit Forest Rally • West Australian Car Club
• April
• The Quit Forest Rally is the Western Australia Round of the Australian Rally Championship. The event is organised and promoted by the West Australian Car Club. The rally is based in Busselton and Nannup. Visit the website or contact the local tourism centre for more information.
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Nannup Distance

Distance to Nannup
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Nannup:
• Albany 316.7
• Augusta 86.2
• Balingup 41.8
• Bridgetown 45.7
• Bunbury 102.6
• Denmark 263.6
• Donnybrook 72.9
• Manjimup 78.6
• Margaret River 109.3
• Northcliffe 100.7
• Pemberton 76.7
• Perth 269.8
• Rocky Gully 175.7
• Walpole 198.2
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
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