If you want to see a bit of the Margaret River region’s wider surrounds, the charming township of Nannup is a great place to start. Nannup sits along the banks of the Blackwood River and consists of 70 per cent national and state forests. Hiking trails, mountain biking, scenic drives, canoeing and peaceful picnics are just waiting for you.
Established in 1834, Nannup is a historic timber town. Its name means ‘stopping place’ in the indigenous language of the Noongar people, and they obviously knew what they were talking about. Stop here for its thriving arts-and-crafts scene and, at certain times of the year, its fragrant lavender farm (December and January) and vibrant tulip farm (July through September).
Can’t get enough of the pretty flowers? Enthusiasts will also love the wildflower trails at Kondil Park, where you can walk among towering jarrah trees and numerous species of banksia and melaleuca. Although some wildflowers show off their colours here year-round, the best time to witness them in full bloom is in spring, from September through November. Once you’ve stopped and smelled the flowers, get behind the wheel and follow the 40-kilometre ‘Golden Triangle’ scenic drive, which traces the Blackwood River to Balingup, where you can find a number of truly picturesque outlooks at which to stop and picnic along the way.
The township is also famous for its annual Nannup Music Festival, which takes place over the Western Australia Labour Day long weekend. During the festival, the town blossoms like its resident wildflowers, showcasing everything from homegrown musical acts to bush-poetry readings, workshops and street performances. In town, make sure to browse the gorgeous arts-and-crafts shops, and take a break in your choice of quaint cafes and restaurants. Nannup is about 70 kilometres, or an hour’s drive, east of Margaret River.