CMCA WestCoast Rally

Nanson is a small town in the Mid West region of Western Australia, between the city of Geraldton and the town of Northampton. The town is situated on the banks of the Chapman River in the Chapman Valley.

The surrounding area was settled in the 1850s when the property of Mount Erin was established by Michael Morrissey. In 1909 the government began to plan the Upper Chapman railway and local farmers petitioned to have a town established at the 12 mile siding.[3] The railway was opened in 1910 and the siding was named Lauder Siding, the locals then petitioned to have the name changed to Nansonville, named for the local Member of Parliament John Nanson. The Minister for Lands agreed to change the name to Nanson and the town was gazetted in 1910. The railway siding was renamed as Mount Erin in 1912 by the Railways Department which was used locally as the town's name, as well as for an agricultural estate surrounding the town. In 1915 the railway siding was renamed "Nanson" to prevent any confusion.

Considered a rural hamlet, Nanson has an abundance of historical significance and heritage charm.

Located 25kms from Geraldton, alongside the Chapman River, Nanson is home to the Chapman Valley Historical Society. 

The CVHS Heritage Centre at Nanson is open for the following hours:

July, August and September: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am to 1pm. Wednesday 9am to 12 noon, Sunday 10am to 4pm and closed on Monday.

On 1st October the Centre will revert to the following hours: Wednesday 9am to 12 noon and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

Closed at the end of November to the beginning of April due to heat.

Entry by Donation - Eftpos facilities are available

Slightly north of Nanson is the Chapman Valley Golf Club and the Nanson Showgrounds, home to the annual Chapman Valley Show held on the first Saturday in September.