Dardanup (another up) is the next town encounted when traveling north from Albany and heading to Bunbury. In fact Bunbury is the next place after Dardanup. Dardanup is now a by-pass town, and when one includes the close proximity of Bunbury it is clear why from an economic perspective the town is struggling.
The area was first settled in 1852 by Thomas Little who named his property Dardanup Park. The word Dardanup is believed to be a variation of the Indigenous Australian word Dudingup the meaning of which is unknown. Dardanup is located in the fertile Ferguson valley and is close to the Ferguson River.
Thomas Little later gave land to the Catholic Church and a community was soon established in the locale. The government acquired land in the area in the 1920s and the townsite was gazetted in 1923.
Dardanup and Boyanup have a little to offer, but if the timing is right for a refreshment give some consideration for a look over.