Heading northeast from Augusta the traveler will come across Nannup. Wow, what a great place to spend a few hours or a stopover.
Nannup's name is of Noongar Aboriginal origin, meaning either "stopping place" or "place of parrots", and was first recorded by surveyors in the 1860s. The area was initially known as "Lower Blackwood", and was first explored by Thomas Turner in 1834. In 1866, a bridge was built over the river and a police station was established.
Timber milling and agriculture (principally beef cattle) dominate the local economy although wine; floriculture and tourism are industries of growing importance. Furniture production and other local timber value-adding activities is also a minor employer.
The Nannup business strip is viable, colourful and entrepreneurial.
What a pleasant surprise Nannup turns up. Though on a ‘off the beaten track’ be sure to visit.