Nimbin

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65KM inland from Byron Bay, nestled in the hills, lies Nimbin – a small town with a big personality. Previously a struggling dairy farm, Nimbin was given a new lease of life when it hosted the Aquarius Festival in 1973, attracting a vibrant array of hippies, students, and various alternative types, some of whom decided to make the town their home. Today Nimbin is a throwback to the 70s, with brightly coloured buildings, quirky cafes, intriguing shops, and plenty of tie-dye. The town is now known as the alternative lifestyle capital of Australia, with a population that promotes protecting the environment, sustainability, and the legalisation of cannabis.

The colourful main street is the hub of the town, so take some time to visit the various health stores and craft shops, with psychedelic mural facades. Dine on wholesome yet unusual dishes at one of the peculiar cafes. Visit the Nimbin Artists Gallery, which celebrates local artists with a varied array of different types of art on display. Take a tour of the Nimbin Candle Factory to see how non-toxic, slow-burning, smokeless candles are created. Take a stroll through the Djanbung Permaculture Gardens to learn about the earth wise living promoted in Nimbin

There’s no better way to experience the vibrant community of Nimbin than at one of the various festivals, events, and markets held here. The communities’ values of creativity, arts, alternative living, and fresh local produce are celebrated annual and weekly events.

When night falls, choose from luxurious cabins, budget backpackers, or the more unusual tepee accommodation. There’s no place like Nimbin!