Nowhere quite like Nimbin
Nov 14, 2006
We spent a bit of time going from shop to shop, talking rubbish with the out of this world locals and watching the most random of bands playing to an audience of two in the village hall. Of course Amy had her Tarot cards read while the rest of us chilled out.
Originally we were led to believe that this place would be very dodgy. The Lonely Planet states' "You're just as likely to stumble across a syringe than a joint when walking down the street" but we found it clean and the people really friendly. The dodgiest people there were probably Travis and Shipley. Anyway after our day out we headed back to Byron.
Nimbin is a tiny village about 1 1/2 hours inland form Byron. It is a very unique place and possibly the quintessential hippy town. It was a small dairy town until 1973 when the Aquarius festival was held there. Many of the 'back to the land' counter culture communes ended-up liking the place that much that they stayed after the festival had finished and thus completely transformed the town. With these alternative types comes mind altering drugs, alternative therapies and other spiritual practices which are readily available anywhere in the town. It has become somewhat of a tourist attraction for obvious reasons and has plenty of shops and cafes, one of which even has a live video feed to a coffee shop in Amsterdam. There is also the infamous museum which behind its Volkswagen Camper-van facade is basically where all the tourists can buy drugs from. Most of the drug dealers are worryingly, young lads who look like they belong on a street corner in England.