Backpacking Nimbin

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    VISIT AUSTRALIA'S MOST FAMOUS ALTERNATIVE SOCIETY: Photo - Richard Whitbread, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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    IT IS A FASCINATING AND FUN LITTLE TOWN, LOCATED IN ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PARTS OF NEW SOUTH WALES: Photo - Richard Whitbread, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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    IF YOU ARE HERE IN MAY, CHECK OUT THE FABULOUS MARDI GRASS FESTIVAL WITH ITS UNIQUE EVENTS: Photo - Richard Whitbread, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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    SEE THE MAGNIFICENT SCENERY AND WATERFALLS OF SOME OF THE NEARBY NATIONAL PARKS SUCH AS NIGHTCAP NATIONAL PARK: Photo - Hamilton Lund, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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Nimbin Highlights

  • Visit Australia's most famous hippie and alternative society that has been created in Nimbin today.

  • Explore the superb surrounding countryside and nearby Nightcap National Park, with its beautiful rainforest areas, spectacular waterfalls and amazing views from the peak of Mount Nardi. Further away are several other stunning national parks also worth exploring.

  • Attend MardiGrass, which is a cannabis law reform rally and festival with many unique and fun events, held annually in April/May.

About Nimbin

Population 1,100

In 1973 Nimbin was transformed from a small country town to Australia's most famous hippie and alternative lifestyle destination. This was the year when the Union of Students chose the Nimbin Valley as the place for the experimental Aquarius Festival, which ended up attracting many students and hippies from around the country. After the weekend, quite a few people remained and formed the basis of the alternative society that exists in the area today. There are many communes in the area and some of these can be visited by the public.

The town is popular for day trippers from Byron Bay and has a bit of a reputation for pot smoking, tie dye hippies. But if you spend a bit of time here you will find there is a new age culture, a growing artist community and some friendly locals.

Nimbin is said to be the resting place of Warrajum, the Rainbow Serpent in Aboriginal culture, and is known as a place of healing.

Nimbin is also surrounded by superb countryside. It is very close to the Nightcap National Park, where you can explore the beautiful rainforest areas, visit the spectacular waterfalls or see amazing views from the peak of Mount Nardi.

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Nimbin Visitor Centre

80 Cullen Street
Nimbin, New South Wales
Phone (02) 6689 1388
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