On the far North Coast of NSW, Nimbin is on the doorstep of World Heritage-listed national parks where you’ll find exhilarating bushwalks, spectacular lookouts and delightful waterfalls. Nestled in a verdant valley, the village is surrounded by farms growing delicious produce in rich volcanic soils.

You can taste the fresh seasonal produce at the weekly Nimbin Farmers Market. The annual Nimbin Show celebrates agriculture, including displays of sustainable farming methods. The village is an alternative lifestyle centre too, after communes sprouted in the hills in the 1970s and 1980s.

Nimbin Markets, Nimbin

As with other towns in the Lismore region, Nimbin is home to a vibrant arts community. You can see the works of local artists and artisans, from paintings and fashion to ceramics and jewellery, at the Nimbin Artists Gallery and at the Blue Knob Gallery, about 8 minutes’ drive northwest of Nimbin.

For natural beauty, explore World Heritage rainforest in several national parks. In Nightcap National Park, take Protesters Falls walking track to a cascading waterfall, and enjoy splendid views from Mount Nardi picnic area. Explore Border Ranges National Park and Wollumbin National Park, as well.

Accommodation options in Nimbin and surrounds range from guesthouses and retreats to cottages, farm houses, and backpacker and youth hostels. Nimbin is about 30 minutes’ drive north of Lismore, the main town in the region. Nimbin to Byron Bay on the coast is about a 70 minutes’ drive.

Lismore Regional Airport

Fly into Lismore Regional Airport

Lismore Regional Airport is located 4 km from Lismore town’s centre. Use the car rental or taxi services available at the terminal to make the short trip north. Lismore is also a gateway to Byron Bay, less than an hour’s drive northeast. Rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Regional Express operates more than 50 direct flights to and from Sydney weekly. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney to travel into Lismore.

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. Circa - Peepshow

    Friday 23 March 2018 to Saturday 24 March 2018 , Lismore

    Escape into the world of Peepshow, a thrilling new creation that infuses world-class contemporary circus with the nostalgia of bygone eras. Circa has performed in 39 countries to over one million people with standing ovations, rave reviews…

    23 Mar - 24 Mar
  2. Geoff Harvey: Dogged

    Friday 23 March 2018 to Sunday 01 April 2018 , Lismore

    Geoff Harvey is a Sydney based artist who has been a practicing artist for over forty years. His practice moves across the disciplines of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, collage, assemblage and sculpture. He has exhibited widel…

    23 Mar - 01 Apr
  3. Beguile: European Masters: 17th-20th Century

    Friday 23 March 2018 to Sunday 06 May 2018 , Lismore

    Looking back at the greats of European art history one cannot help but be impressed by the mastery of the art, and captured by the artistic, social and political climate around which it was made. Lismore Regional Gallery is truly privileged…

    23 Mar - 06 May
  4. Penny Evans: Death to a Stereotype

    Friday 23 March 2018 to Sunday 15 April 2018 , Lismore

    Ceramic and mixed media wall pieces exploring women as carriers of culture, history and information which also pick away at stereotypes and their uneasy history and continuing treatment of Aboriginal Australians.…

    23 Mar - 15 Apr
  5. Eric Clapton Life in 12 Bars

    Friday 23 March 2018 , Lismore

    Directed by Oscar-winner Lili Fini Zanuck (Rush, Driving Miss Daisy), is an unflinching and deeply personal look into the life of legendary 18-time Grammy winner Eric Clapton. Told through his own words and songs, it is a moving and surpr…

    23 Mar