Nannup is a country town and a shire in the South West region of Western Australia, approximately 280 kilometres (174 mi) south of Perth on the Blackwood River at the crossroads of Vasse Highway and Brockman Highway, which links Nannup to most of the Lower South West's regional centres.
Located only three hours from Perth, the historic mill town is situated on the Blackwood River, which flows through the jarrah forests to eventually discharge into the sea at Augusta.
The local scenery is stunning, with quaint country roads, small farms and riverside and forest walks to delight visitors. The countryside is especially impressive in spring when wildflowers turn the jarrah forests and road verges, etc. into a wonderland of color.
Since the beginnings of the tourist industry in the town there have been several events and festivals held to promote the town and surrounding area. These include the week-long Flower and Garden Festival held in August each year and the weekend Rose Festival in November.
The largest of the town's annual festivals is the Music Festival (formerly the Southwest Folk Festival) held over the Labour Day long weekend in March each year. The festival includes street performance and market stalls as well as a variety of musical performances.
Traditionally, timber milling and agriculture (principally beef cattle) have dominated the local economy. Although, wine, floriculture and tourism are now of increasing importance. Also, furniture production and other value-adding timber related industries provide some employment in the area.
Within the town there is a sporting complex, shopping facilities, accommodation for travellers, including a hotel/motel, B&Bs, caravan park and camping sites, plus a police station, cafes, a golf course, a nursery and a gemstone museum.
The main street of the town has changed little over the years and so possesses considerable heritage value.
Within the town there are art galleries and cafes to enjoy. Plus, nearby you can hire a canoe and enjoy messing about on the river for a few hours, or you could alternatively take a fully guided expedition along the river, surrounded by forest wilderness.
Also several wineries in the area welcome visitors.
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