ABOUT OUR VISITOR CENTRE
In the late 1980’s a fledgling tourism industry began in Nannup. Darradup House (now a private residence) and Jalbarragup Homestead (now Nannup River Cottages) had a couple of cottages on their properties that they rented out for short term accommodation. Several newcomers to town established purpose built accommodation, namely The Lodge (Now Holberry House), Red Gum Hill and Nannup Bush Cabins (now Loose Goose).
Tathra Farmhouse Kitchen was also established around this time and the owners of these properties decided to for a Tourist Association, with the help of several locals, one being Mr Fred Green, who is still a member of the Association.
The Shire allocated the Old Police Station, at 4 Brockman Street, to be used as the Tourist Office. This property is next to the Caravan Park and an informal relationship was entered into, with the Volunteers to look after the bookings for the Park. 2 Brockman St (now the CWA Building) was occupied at the time by the APB Officer Tony Pocock. His wife Prue became the unpaid caretaker of the Park and a stalwart member of the Tourist Committee.
Over the next few years, more and more tourist accommodation was established in and around Nannup. To assist this growing industry, the Tourist Association applied for a grant from the SW Development Authority, to extend the Old Police Station premises. The new extension was opened by Sir Donald Eckersley, on 28th November 1991. The updated building created a focus for tourism in Nannup and for several years was manned entirely by Volunteers and managed by the Tourist Association Committee.
As the volume of work and responsibility increased, the decision was made to pay Prue for the informal managerial role she was performing. Grant money also became available to pay Volunteers on weekends.
A great deal of effort went into promoting Nannup through various events, Nannup Music Festival, Daffodil Weekend, Jarrah Jerkers Jog, Rally the Valley and many other initiatives.
Today we are totally in debt to our enthusiastic and dedicated band of volunteers, who man the desk 7 days a week. The Nannup Visitor Centre also pays a part-time Manager (28 hrs), a part-time Accounts Officer (10hrs) and still pays the weekend Volunteers a token wage, even though there is no longer grant money for these purposes. The Shire helps to support the Visitor Centre by charging only peppercorn rent and by allowing the Visitor Centre to retain any profit made on the running of the Caravan Park. This is the primary source of income for the Centre, supplemented by the running of the week long FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL in August each year and the weekend ROSE FESTIVALin November. In addition we sell a small amount of merchandise, mostly made by locals, in the Visitor Centre.
The Visitor Centre now has over 80 members, mostly made up of local Accommodation Owners, but includes local businesses, volunteers and private citizens. We have installed computers and offer a FREE online booking system for accommodation, through the BookEasy system, which is Australia wide.
The NANNUP VISITOR CENTRE is proud to be an accredited member of a growing industry that is helping to keep our small country town alive. We continue to strive for excellence in service to our Visitors, the Community and our Members.