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Population 351

Situated in a beautiful valley, Nimbin is a colourful and interesting town of artists and others trying to live in an alternative to the mainstream. It is the centre of Australian efforts to make cannabis legal and some visitors may therefore find the culture unsettling. Originally a place of healing and initiation for the Bundjalung people, the Nimbin area was cleared and used for dairy and banana farming. Nimbin hit a depression in the late 1960s when the dairy industry collapsed. It took the 1973 Aquarius Festival to establish Nimbin as the alternative-culture capital of Australia. 

Visitor Information

3/46 Cullen St; (02) 6689 1388

Nearby national parks

  • Border Ranges National Park

    World Heritage–listed rainforest clinging to the edges of an ancient volcano, waterfalls spilling into crystal-clear waterways, and...more

  • Wollumbin National Park

    The looming presence of iconic Mount Warning is at the heart of this national park, a lush rainforest environment on the state’s far...more

  • Lamington National Park

    The World Heritage–listed Lamington National Park, cresting the McPherson Range, is renowned for its natural beauty, panoramic views,...more

Nearby towns

  • Kyogle NSW

    Located at the upper reaches of the Richmond River and the base of the charmingly named Fairy Mountain, Kyogle is known as the 'gateway to...more

  • Lismore

    This regional centre of the Northern Rivers district is on the banks of the Wilsons River. European settlement came in 1840 when John Brown...more

  • Mullumbimby

    When Mullumbimby's economy, based on local agriculture, started to flag in the late 1960s, the town was saved by becoming an...more

In Town

Museum: dedicated to hippie culture and Aboriginal heritage; Cullen St; (02) 6689 1123.

Candle Factory: produces stunning, environmentally friendly candles sold throughout Australia and the world; Butter Factory, Cullen St; (02) 6686 6433.

The Rainbow Cafe: infamous cafe with gorgeous courtyard and colourful paintings; Cullen St.

Town hall: features mural of Aboriginal art; Cullen St.

Rainbow Power Company: take a tour of this alternative power supplier, now exporting power products such as solar water pumps and hydro-generators to over 20 countries; Alternative Way; (02) 6689 1430.

Local art, craft and psychedelia: brochure from visitor centre.


Nightcap National Park This lush World Heritage–listed forest offers signposted bushwalks from easy to very difficult, requiring a map and compass. The dramatic Protestors Falls is the site of the 1979 anti-logging protest that led to the area being gazetted as a national park. Rocky Creek Dam has a platypus-viewing platform and views of Mt Warning. 5 km NE.

Nimbin Rocks: spectacular remnants of an ancient volcano overlooking the town. This is a sacred initiation site for the Bundjalung people, so viewing is from the road only; Lismore Rd; 3 km S.

The Channon: town featuring an alternative-craft market, 2nd Sun each month; Opera at the Channon in Aug; and Music Bowl Live Band Concert in Nov. 15 km SE.

Fishing spots near town

Clarrie Hall Dam - Fishing Sub-region 17 km

Angling is a buzz when you are into a hot bite. It is also a buzz when discovering new territory or out hooking with other anglers, observing their methods and techniques on their home waters. So it was when I fished... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Diving and snorkelling around Byron Bay 38 km

Although there is not much in the way of shore dives or snorkelling around Byron Bay, the nearby Julian Rocks Marine Reserve is a top spot if you can get on a boat, with sea turtles, eagle rays, corals, grey nurse and... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Rainbow Cafe

Connect with your inner hippie and stop for lunch at Nimbin’s best-loved cafe. As the name suggests, Rainbow Cafe is an open and colourful space serving healthy and delicious food, with numerous vegetarian options... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Stone and Wood Brewing 36 km

The popular coastal holiday destination of Byron Bay is the location for one of the country’s newest and most exciting craft breweries – Stone & Wood. The partners behind the venture include a trio of... Find out more

Campsites around town

Rummery Park camping area 16 km

From this roomy, friendly camping area you can take a short walk following Boggy Creek to the beautiful Minyon Falls in Nightcap National Park. Other activities include birdwatching and car touring. To get here, turn off... Find out more

Cutters Camp camping area 17 km

You’ll find Cutters Camp where Mebbin Forest and Caddell rds meet. Unsealed Mebbin Forest Rd is a 35 km scenic route with wonderful views of the region’s volcanic, forest-clad landscape; you’ll need a... Find out more

Mount Warning Rainforest Park 25 km

Surround yourself with lush and up-tempo rainforest and mountain streams in this verdant mid-north-coast holiday park at the foot of Mt Warning. Accommodation options include deluxe, ensuite and budget cabins, and tent... Find out more

Forest Tops camping area 28 km

If you enter the national park along Tweed Range Scenic Dr, 30 km north of Kyogle, you’ll see signposted access for this camping area. The medium–difficult 10.5 km Booyong Walk (5 hr) sets out from here and... Find out more

Sheepstation Creek camping area 28 km

With 40 sites, this sizeable camping area is just off Tweed Range Scenic Dr, 31 km north of Kyogle. The easy Rosewood Loop (6 km, 3 hr) and Palm Forest Walk (2 km, 1 hr) begin here: the former will take you through... Find out more

Massey Greene Holiday Park 32 km

This is in a top location, right on the Brunswick River and minutes away from Brunswick Heads town centre. The river offers swimming, fishing, snorkelling and boating, and there’s a surf beach only a 10 min walk... Find out more

Bush camping areas (walk-in camping) 38 km

For experienced, self-sufficient campers with good navigational skills, there are 10 remote camping sites (Bithongabel, Darlington, Echo Point, Illinbah, Lost World Creek, Lost World Saddle, Point Lookout, Rat-a-tat,... Find out more

Stinson Park camping area 39 km

In 1937 local legend Bernard O’Reilly led the Stinson air crash survivors to safety from this historic site. O’Reilly found the wreckage in dense rainforest and saved the lives of 2 men who had been lost in... Find out more

Broken Head Holiday Park 40 km

At Broken Head Nature Reserve, lush and fertile rainforests reach emerald tendrils all the way down to long, sweeping beaches, and this holiday park is tucked in right next to the reserve, 7 km south of Byron Bay.... Find out more

Green Mountains camping area 41 km

Close to O’Reillys Rainforest Resort, this hillside campground in forest surrounds has designated campsites on terraces on the slope and a separate area designated for those doing the Gold Coast Hinterland Great... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Ferry Reserve Holiday Park 32 km

This park is very easily accessible from the Pacific Highway northbound, but requires doubling back through town for southbound travellers. It is situated on a picturesque estuary, popular with anglers. The grounds and... Find out more

Terrace Reserve Holiday Park 33 km

Close to the centre of Brunswick Heads, this is a good quality park on the water and ideal for a holiday or just a few days. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas and... Find out more

Glen Villa Resort 38 km

This is a high quality park with good facilities, about 400 metres from the town centre. It has the unusual policy of permitting just two people per site. No bookings are taken, and a minimum-length stay applies at... Find out more

First Sun Holiday Park 38 km

Every now and then we discover a park in a fabulous position. This place is on the beach at Byron Bay, within walking distance of the town centre, the restaurants and the nightlife. The park is busy year-round and is... Find out more

Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park 40 km

A popular beachside holiday park that is busy year-round, this park has good facilities and is 6 km south of Byron Bay. It is close to some popular surfing and swimming beaches. Bookings are required in peak periods and... Find out more

Broken Head Holiday Park 40 km

This stretch of coast is a busy holiday area. The park is located on the beach and has good facilities, and popular Byron Bay is 8.5 km north. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies in... Find out more

Pottsville South Holiday Park 41 km

This riverfront park is a popular destination with good holiday facilities. The sites are shallow and big rigs will not fit here. It is just a short walk to the shops. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Lake Ainsworth Holiday Park 42 km

Located alongside Lake Ainsworth and across the road from the beach, this is a good basic park in a great position. The surf club is nearby and the popular beach is great for swimming or walking. This is a council park... Find out more

BIG4 North Star Holiday Resort 43 km

This award-winning park has an impressive range of excellent facilities, including a fully licensed restaurant. It is a cut above most and the beach is a short walk across the road and the town centre is just 500 metres... Find out more

Ballina Headlands Leisure Park 45 km

On a popular holiday coast, this park is about 500 metres from the water and 9 km north-east of Ballina off the Beach Road. It is a good base when visiting the area and has a heated pool for winter months. Bookings are... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Black Sheep Farm 
Rainforest Guest House

The ‘Black Sheep’ name is the only discernible nod towards Nimbin’s famed counter-culture, as you won’t find any tie-dyed curtains here. This guesthouse is the place to enjoy complete seclusion... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Emerald Valley Villa 23 km

Nestled in the hinterland some 25 minutes drive from Byron Bay, this is way up the high end of ecotourism in this country. You can rent your own five-star palace (they call it a villa), complete with pool, courtyard,... Find out more

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat 39 km

Located near Murwillumbah and surrounded on three sides by World Heritage–listed national parks, this secluded couples-only resort on the Queensland border has minimal-impact, self-contained bungalows and cabins.... Find out more

The Mouses House, Springbrook 41 km

Set in a beautiful rainforest at more than 800 metres above sea level, this luxury resort has 11 self-contained chalets, hot tub, sauna, tennis court and bikes, a sensible environmental policy and eco-accreditation. It... Find out more

Cottages on the Creek 44 km

This 2-hectare establishment is managed as a Land for Wildlife property and the two, onebedroom spa cottages have composting toilets, protecting Currumbin Creek with its turtles, catfish, platypus and yabbies.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Tyagarah rest area 31 km

36km N of Ballina (L)     

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Yelgun rest area 31 km

50km N of Ballina (R) or 42km S of Tweed Heads (L)

Well off the highway.

Sleepy Hollow rest area 35 km

58km N of Ballina (L) or 32km S of Tweed Heads (L)

Just off the highway on both sides.

Wardell rest area 45 km

22km N of Woodburn (L) or 14km S of Ballina (L)

Large areas just off the highway on both sides.

Woodburn park area 54 km

At Woodburn

Adjacent to the highway overlooking the river.

What's on around town

Market: local craft; Nimbin Community Centre, Cullen St; 3rd and 5th Sun each month.

Rainbow Lane Markets: next to museum, Sat mornings.

Artist Gallery Autumn Extravaganza: Mar/Apr.

Mardi Grass Festival: organised by the Nimbin HEMP (Help End Marijuana Prohibition) Embassy; May.

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