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Nannup

Travel south through the Western Australian countryside to the small country town of Nannup where the streets come alive with colourful Tulips and Daffodils in August. Walk the streets to view the flowers, historic buildings, learn about the 'Nannup Tiger' and the Flood of 1982 when the Blackwood River peaked at a 125 ARI. On the way, enjoy the scenic views of the Leschenault Inlet at Australind and visit the Old Cheese Factory at Balingup on the return journey.

Date(s): August 2008. Album by gladysclancy. Photos by Gladys. 1 - 102 of 102 Total. 94 Visits.
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Taylor Foreshore on Leschenault Inlet, Australind
A beautiful place to stop for morning tea break.

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Calm Water of Leschenault Inlet
First settled in 1840, Australind is located 11 km north of Bunbury and 163 km south of Perth and is part of one of the fastest growing areas in Western Australia. Although now effectively a suburb of the ever-expanding Bunbury, it is actually in the Shire of Harvey.

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Early Morning Reflections
Taylor Foreshore, Leschenault Inlet, Australind.

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View from Pedestrian Bridge
Leschenault Inlet, Australind.

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Canal Housing
Leschenault Inlet, Australind.

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Canal Housing
Leschenault Inlet, Australind.

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Pedestrian Bridge over Canal
Leschenault Inlet, Australind.

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Traffic Bridge
Crossing Leschenault Inlet, Australind.

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Pedestrian Bridge over Canal
Leschenault Inlet, Australind.

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Leschenault Inlet, Australind.

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Lil Roadrunner
Time to continue the journey to Nannup.

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Lil Roadrunner Logo on Vehicle

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Entering Nannup Township
Tulip garden at base of Memorial to Pioneer Timber Mill Workers and their Families.

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Memorial to Pioneer Timber Mill Workers

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Tulips in the Streets of Nannup
Nannup is known as the "The Garden Village" and every August sees the presentation of the Nannup Flower and Garden Festival which includes Daffodil and Tulip weekends when the village streets are alive with tulips and daffodils.

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Tulips at Nannup

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Tulips at Nannup

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Tulips at Nannup

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The Nannup Tiger
The Thylacine was the largest known carnivorous marsupial. Being marsupial, it belonged to the same family as the kangaroo, the Tasmanian devil and the native cat.

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The Nannup Tiger carved in Wood
The area around Nannup is famous for its unconfirmed sightings of the 'Nannup Tiger' (Thylacinus cynocephalus). The Thylacine was once native to the entire Australian continent until the advent of the dingo which competed for the same habitat. The Thylacine is now officially extinct.

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The Nannup Tiger carved in Wood
The sightings around Nannup describe the Thylacine as about the size of an adult Labrador dog, with a large head and massive jaws, upright ears and a long stiff tail. Its colour has been described as yellow, brown or mustard with distinctive dark stripes. The footprint is distinctive, being different from a dog, cat or fox.

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Nannup Street Scene
Situated 288km from Perth, the town of Nannup was gazetted on 9 January 1890 with timber and dairying being its major industries.

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Nannup Hotel
The Nannup Hotel, which was originally constructed on this present site in 1899, was replaced in 1910 and altered in 1924 and 1965.

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Nannup Street Scene
The word "Nannup" is an indigenous term identifying a "stopping place", so Nannup's reputation as a desirable place to gather and share with friends goes back a long way.

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The Old Police Station
Built in 1922 to replace the 1868 Police Station building, it closed in 1984 and now houses the Tourist Information and Visitor Centre. The original cell block is open for viewing.

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Tall Karri Trees
In the early 1900's the full potential of the karri and jarrah trees was realised and exploited. Bunnings Mill dates from that period and it has been the major employer in the town.

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Walking Trail to Blackwood River
Eighty-five percent of the Shire is under forest, however the rich soils, high rainfall and an excellent climate also provides ideal conditions for a wide range of agricultural activities, including dairying, beef cattle, horticulture, aquaculture, agroforestry, viticulture and hobby farming.

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Blackwood River
In times of flood, water level has risen above the traffic bridge in background.

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Blackwood River

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Reflections in Blackwood River

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Traffic Bridge over Blackwood River at Nannup
This bridge over the Blackwood River at the northern end of town dates from 1967 when it replaced a one lane bridge which had been built by convicts in 1866.

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View through Traffic Bridge
Blackwood River, Nannup.

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A Cow in the Garden!

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Tulips at Nannup

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Tulips at Nannup

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Tulips at Nannup

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Bee in Yellow Tulip

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Tulips at Nannup

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White Tulips

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Yellow Daffodils

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Yellow Daffodils

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Yellow Daffodils

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Bicycle from Flower Display
The annual Flower and Garden Festival is held during August.

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Park Bench from local Timber

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Proposed TimeWood Centre
When completed, the visitor centre and an expanded telecentre to be co-located with the addition of an iconic working wooden clock said to be the biggest in the world.

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All Saints Anglican Church

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All Saints Anglican Church

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St Thomas Moore Catholic Church

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Nannup Uniting Church

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Police Station
Built in 1984 to replace the building used since 1922.

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Nannup Furniture Gallery

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Purple Freesias

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Yellow Freesias

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Purple Freesias

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Row of Tulips

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Three Tulips

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White Tulip

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Nannup Shire Council Offices
Built in the 1960's.

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Shop and Heritage Cottage

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Heritage Cottage
Timber Weatherboard Cottage typical of the homes where the Timber Mill Workers lived.

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Planters of Daffodils brighten the Street

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Daffodils in Nannup

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Yellow Daffodils

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Bright Pink Azalea

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Pink Azaleas

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An Ant likes these Pastel Azaleas

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The road to Bridgetown

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Poster in Shop Window

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Poster in Shop Window

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Daffodil Yellow

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Tulips peeping out of the foliage

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Daffodil Yellow

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Primulas in Pink

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Azaleas

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Flowering Tea-tree

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View along main street of Nannup

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An Australian Dunny

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Nannup Hotel
The Nannup Hotel, which was originally constructed on this present site in 1899, was replaced in 1910 and altered in 1924 and 1965.

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Nannup War Memorial

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Nannup War Memorial

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Marker of 1982 Flood Water Peak
On 26 January 1982, the Blackwood River at Nannup peaked at a 125 Year ARI (average recurrence interval).

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All under Floodwater in 1982
The 1982 floodwaters extended from the Blackwood River beyond the trees, across the Bowling Greens and War Memorial to level marked on tree trunk.

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Floodwater reached the main street

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The road to Balingup
We return home via this scenic route.

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Yellow Freesias

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Grevillea

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Yellow Freesias

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Old Cheese Factory at Balingup
The former Cheese Factory at Balingup is now the largest craft centre in Western Australia where you can find just about every handcrafted good in existence, including stoneware pottery, timber products, aboriginal crafts, t-shirts, furniture etc.

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A Rustic Gate
Old Cheese Factory at Balingup.

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Museum Items
Dairy farming was a major rural industry in the Balingup district and in 1933 a cheese factory was established.  However the lack of land suitable for irrigation eventually caused the dairy farms to become uncompetitive and the factory closed down in 1977. It has since become the largest arts and craft centre in the southern hemisphere.

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Relic from the Cheese Factory
Balingup.

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Mitchell Seed Drill

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Wattles in Bloom along the Roadside

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Golden Wattle at Balingup

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Yellow Fluffy Balls of Wattle

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Rural Scene at Balingup

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Rural Scene at Balingup

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Rural Scene at Balingup

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Large Garden Mushroom

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Grey Clouds over rolling Hills

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Gloomy Sky over the Land

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Wattle by the Roadside
Last glimpse of Balingup as we head home after a lovely day out. Thankyou David and Kevin from Mandurah Travel & Tours.

   
 
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