Nannup is in the South West Region of Western Australia and approximately a three hour drive from Perth. We went away for a four night/five day break with our dog Millie, just to get out of the City and enjoy the countryside which was very green with the amount of recent rainfall. Weather was subsequently a bit hit and miss with a lot of rain in the second half of the break, but we were still able to get out and about to enjoy the area.
We stayed in a self catering cottage which was very basic but they allowed dogs so that was fine with us and it had a log burning fire which kept the cottage warm and toasty.
Nannup is famous for two festivals – its Music Festival in March and its Garden and Flower Festival in August, so although we missed the latter by a week, we did enjoy seeing the village in full bloom with multiple colourful displays of tulips.
We also visited the attractive country town of Bridgetown. It was festooned in knitted items and a local told us that this was because it had recently attempted to win the Guinness Book of Records for yarn bombing – and it succeeded with 29,549 individually knitted items on display wherever we looked. The previous record holder was in the UK with less than half this amount.
Another stop was at Donnelly River Holiday Village. The basic weatherboard cottages were originally built to house mill workers at the local mill. This closed long ago but is still visible albeit in a ruined state. The cottages are now rented out to holidaymakers. This was our first holiday stay choice but unfortunately they don’t take dogs which is why we ended up in Nannup. However, we took a drive around with Millie in the back of the car. I was able to get out for a walk and and it wasn’t long before I was surrounded by emus and kangaroos which had no fear of humans at all. As I was the only person in sight, it was nice to enjoy the experience by myself.