Crabapple Lane is another open garden with a few roses and native plants and is surrounded by natural bushland and rolling hills.
The also have an art studio with an artist in residence plus a selection of custom knives.
There is also high quality bed and breakfast accommodation.
The Nannup Flower Festival is annual event over 4 days with budding tulips in the streets, market stalls, quilt exhibition and agricultural displays.
This year was my first visit but I was told that this year was not as spectacular as previous events due to the filming of Sam Worthington's latest flick "Drift".
The producers of the film arranged to keep much of Nannup's streets tulip free in keeping with the period setting of the movie.
A marble obelisk commemorates those who died in the various wars that Australia fought. Erected in 1917, the wars commemorated were World War I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Malayan Emergency. Some 151 men are commemorated here.
The monument was erected in 1988 for the memory of a local boy who was killed in action during the Vietnam War in 1966. Marinko or Tich as he was known, was born in 1945 and fought against communism in the Vietnam War. The memorial was presented by the Free Vietnamese Community of Western Australia and the Republic of Vietnam Veterans Assn of WA.
The land was purchased by James Kearney in 1896 and in 1908 he built his brick house. James was an early settler in Nannup and the house is recognized by the National Trust as the first private residence built in the town.
During the Depression, the house operated as a guest house.
The charming hotel is over 100 years old and is right in the centre of Nannup. Originally named the Blackwood Inn, the second storey was added in 1924. Inside there is a lot of the original detailing such as the pressed metal ceiling linings and the Jarrah staircase and balustrade.
Nannup is quite famous for the Nannup Tiger. The animal is thought to be a Thylacinus Cynocephalus (which is a striped wolf which has a dogs head much like the Tasmanian Tiger), now possibly extinct. The tiger has not officially been sighted on the mainland for more than two hundred years. Bones found inside a cave in this area are thought to date back thousands of years. Today the Tiger is more a legend although there are still reporting’s of locals seeing the creature. The statue of the tiger is located opposite the tourist centre.
The town hall was built in 1903 and had various uses including a church, the towns first school and a cinema. The addition of a supper room was added 1937. Both buildings are constructed of jarrah weatherboards. The building is on the National Trust’s classified list.
The old Roads Board office was built around 1920 following an earlier one built around 1896. It was used by the Roads Board of Nannup until 1966. There was an office in the front and a hall at the rear. The larger room was used for meetings by the Freemasons, Buffaloes and Odd Fellows.
The foreshore park runs from the back of the Visitors centre. There are a few different walks you can take along the upper banks and the riverside. There are signs along the way pointing out various plants and animals you might see. There are also some picnic tables and bbq facilities.
Built in 1922, it now houses the Tourist Information and Visitor Centre. The first police station was built at a cost of 250pounds. The building had a couple of uses – it houses the first office in 1870. In 1922 the building was demolished and the new station and police residence was built.
All Saints Church was built in 1914 by the same builders who built the town hall. The old church is made up of weatherboards and an iron roof. It has historic significance of an early timber church. A weekly service is held at 5.00pm on Sundays
The Visitors Centre is located in the old Police Station and Court House. They provide an abundance of information of not just Nannup and the surrounding area but also much further afield. They can also make any accommodation bookings for you. Internet is available for a small fee. The centre has a good range of collectables and souvenirs.
A bit further out of town you can visit open gardens such as 'Especially Tulips' where you can see tens of thousands of tulips planted in a field.
As you come into Nannup you will pass by the Marinko Thomas Bicentenial Park. Just a small park there is a childrens play area and bbq facilities and of course the monument to Marinko Thomas.