Nimbin is Australia’s home-grown haven for alternative subculture. Once a sleepy little dairying village, today Nimbin is known and famous for being a hippy destination and alternative lifestyle capital.

The communes that sprouted in the hills around Nimbin in the 1970s and 1980s were the nucleus of an experimental society that seemed to flout most of the rules of contemporary Australia. Today, Nimbin wears its hair, its tattoos, body piercings and its slightly outrageous manners with pride, but it’s not for the faint-hearted.

This magical village shot to fame when it hosted the 1973 Aquarius Festival, attracting students, hippies and visionaries from all over Australia. Many of them stayed on to live the dreams and ideology of Aquarius and to sow the seeds for today’s vibrant community.

Nimbin is intriguing and quirky with its unique mural streetscape of indigenous, rainforest and psychedelic facades and colourful local characters. Cullen Street has an amazing array of cafés, craft shops, galleries and retail outlets. Make sure to take some time to explore the Nimbin Candle Factory and the Djanbung Gardens Permaculture Centre.

A tapestry of farms and a landscape of astonishing beauty that includes a number of World Heritage national parks surround the town. Be sure to walk to Protesters Falls on Terania Creek, beneath a canopy of Bangalow palms, to the waterfall where a 30 metre veil of water sprays into a green pool. Also visit Nimbin Artists Gallery or Blue Knob Hall Gallery to see the work of local artists – from ceramics and jewellery to fashion and paintings.

Nimbin is the perfect place to rest, relax, rejuvenate and let Mother Nature work her charms.  You can stay in luxurious cabins on the edge of the rainforest, B&Bs or backpackers. To search and book accommodation CLICK HERE to view your options on the interactive map.