Manjimup is the last reasonably large town encountered when heading north from Albany to Bunbury, and then onto Perth. In the scheme of thing Manjimup is a relatively ‘new’ town, and this shows from a heritage perspective. That said he town has lots going for it.
Manjimup was named for the Noongar Aboriginal words "Manjin" (a broad-leafed edible reed) and "up" (meeting place, or place of). Manjimup was first settled in 1856 by timber cutter Thomas Muir. It was declared a town in 1910, and a railway from Perth was completed in 1911.
The population expanded when Manjimup became part of the post-World War I Group Settlement Scheme that was largely unsuccessful because the land was difficult to clear and many of the new settlers were not experienced farmers. The settlers who stayed became dairy farmers, which ended during the 1930s when the price of butter collapsed.
Manjimup is a nice spot and if the overnight option was a consideration, go for it.