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Kookaburra Chalet - Where the Bush Meets the RiverKookaburra Chalet is set in a tranquil setting overlooking 6 acres of natural bush and the Blackwood River. Just 13kms from Nannup it is close to wineries, rivers and bush walking. Perfect for a weekend getaway or one of the many festivals in the area.
Nannup HomestayThis guest home is located in a quiet location overlooking a beautiful lagoon and native forest with abundant wildlife. It is only a short walk to cafes and shops either by road of a bush track along the blackwood river. The home has a warm and inviting atmosphere, a place to relax and unwind or for the more adventurous to hike and cycle on the numbers trails to be found. Extra mattress if required for 7th guest
The Bootmaker's HouseThe Bootmaker's House is a charming workers cottage that has been lovingly restored. Originally a shop attached to the front, housed the J. Pickering Bootstore where the Bootmaker would sit and mend the towns boots. The shop no longer exists but the Bootmaker's House stands strong and ready to welcome you. Located in the heart of Nannup, everything is on your doorstep from shops and cafes to the meandering Blackwood River and the majestic forests of the South West.
Nestled in a curve of the Blackwood River in Western Australia’s southwest, the small country town of Nannup is a beautifully preserved vestige of its heyday as an early-20th-century timber town. Take a stroll along the main street to admire the weatherboard shopfronts, bullnose verandas, and colourful flower boxes that enhance its historic appeal. Between Nannup’s gift shops and cafes, don’t miss the fascinating Nannup Moments in Time exhibition in the Nannup Clock Tower building that details the town’s battles with floods, fires, and even a cyclone over the years.
Opportunities to get active in nature also abound in Nannup, from canoeing on the Blackwood River (tours are available) to swimming in natural freshwater pools in the nearby St John Brook Conservation Park. Among the local walking trails is the long-distance Bibbulmun Track that intersects Donnelly River Village, a historic mill town where you can picnic alongside emus and kangaroos.
Nannup is 266 kilometres (three hours’ drive) south of Perth, which has an international airport (PER). There’s also a thrice-weekly bus service from Perth, which takes nearly seven hours. It’s faster to take a train from Perth to Bunbury and connect with buses from there, but as you’ll need to change buses along the way, it’s easier to drive.
Nannup township is small but spread out along either side of the main street, Warren Road (which forms part of the Vasse Highway), where you’ll find the bulk of Nannup’s dining options. Intersecting the Vasse Highway at the southern end of town is the Brockman Highway, which connects Nannup to historic Bridgetown to the east. There’s a visitor information centre on the corner of Warren Road and Forrest Street.
Music lovers of all tribes descend upon Nannup during the March long weekend for the Nannup Music Festival, which presents an eclectic mix of acts spanning an array of genres. The streets of Nannup come alive with stalls, performances, and activities during the festival.
The other major event on Nannup’s festival calendar is the Nannup Flower and Garden Festival, which runs for three weeks from mid-August and promises a plethora of activities including open gardens, celebrity garden tours, market stalls, workshops, and children’s activities. Coinciding with tulip season, it’s a beautiful time to experience the region. If fast cars are more your thing, swing by in April or May to catch the Forest Rally. Summertime, of course, is ideal for swimming at local waterholes.
Just a short hop northwest of Nannup, just off Mowen Road, lies the St John Brook Conservation Park. This tranquil slice of native bushland, named for the brook that flows through it, has two scenic waterholes — Barrabup Pool and Workmans Pool — perfect for a refreshing dip. The pools are connected to Nannup by the 20-kilometre Old Timberline Trail, which is suitable for hiking and cycling. There’s also parking close to each pool.
It’s possible to purchase fresh produce year round from the farms surrounding Nannup, with a number of farm gates open seasonally. Just some of the local delicacies you’ll find include cheese, wine, chestnuts, honey, free-range eggs, olives, and fruit — bring small change for honesty boxes. You can also visit a local lavender farm, which is in full bloom from December to January.
If you’re visiting Nannup during the spring months, don’t miss the chance to take a wildflower wander in Kondil Park (a swath of native bushland once milled for timber), northwest of the town centre, which has several well-marked walking trails lined by a rainbow of wildflowers between September and November. Look out for orchids early in the season.