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.
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.