Nimbin

Travel Guide

Experience a laid-back approach to life at this former hub of commune life, located in a lush valley surrounded by must-visit national parks. 

Nimbin is a charming village that is a popular base for tourists looking to explore the many beautiful national parks nearby. But it’s not just for its proximity to gorgeous countryside and varied wildlife that Nimbin is special. Come here to experience the relaxed culture of the village itself, which has a unique local spirit built on its history of communal living.

In 1973, Nimbin was the site of the Aquarius Festival, which saw droves of young people arrive in the sleepy village. As a result, the 1970s and 1980s saw communes spring up all around the area. In the hills of Nimbin, people were free to live out their visions of alternative lifestyles. Today, the legacy of this time is still clear in the village’s relaxed and quirky character. Discover its thriving arts scene, influenced by the village’s past, at the Nimbin Artists Gallery or the Blue Knob Hall Gallery, both of which sell paintings, jewelry, clothing and other crafts created locally.

Pick up some locally grown produce at the Nimbin Farmers Market, held every week. The spirit of community is still strong here. If you arrive in spring, check if the Nimbin Show is on. This annual event showcases local agriculture and produce, and places great emphasis on sustainability.

The verdant rainforest surrounding Nimbin is protected by its UNESCO World Heritage status. See it up close by wandering the meandering trails in Nightcap National Park. Be sure to stop by Protestors Falls, a pretty natural landmark with a name that hints at the area’s countercultural past. Other scenic national parks to visit include Border Ranges National Park and Wollumbin National Park. Stay alert to signs of the marsupial species that are highly concentrated in these rich rainforests, and look for birds, frogs and snakes.

Catch one of the regular flights from Sydney to Lismore Airport and you can be close to Nimbin in just over an hour and a half. From Lismore, rent a car and drive north into the hills, to find this colorful village nestled amid beautiful scenery.

Teretre Cabins Nimbin
Teretre Cabins Nimbin
3 out of 5
5 High Street, Nimbin, NSW
The price is AU$195 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
Situated in a rural location, this cabin is within a 10-minute walk of Nimbin Visitor Information Centre and Nimbin Markets. Nightcap National Park is 2.9 mi ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (21 reviews)
Quiet Cabin near Town
"Nice little cabin, a bit roughing it style, but can suit a short stay for one or two. Lovely lady running the place and you may see wildlife around the cabin."

Reviewed on 18 Jun. 2021

Teretre Cabins Nimbin
Nimbin Waterfall Retreat
Nimbin Waterfall Retreat
3.5 out of 5
14 Weismantel Rd, Nimbin, NSW
The price is AU$308 per night from 19 Oct. to 19 Oct.
Situated in Nimbin, this cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Nightcap National Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Gondwana Rainforests of Australia and Nimbin Visitor ...
3.8/5 Good! (4 reviews)
"We had a nice night, unfortunately it rained so got wet going to the bathroom but apart from that everything else was okay."

Reviewed on 23 Apr. 2021

Nimbin Waterfall Retreat
Grey Gum Lodge
Grey Gum Lodge
3 out of 5
# 2 High Street, Nimbin, NSW
Situated in Nimbin, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Nimbin Visitor Information Centre and Nimbin Markets. Nightcap National Park is 2.9 mi (4.7 ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (33 reviews)
"Nice room, good outlook to hills over the road, great air conditioner (was very cold when we visited). Cute little verandah for chilling. Room itself was not dark enough for uninterrupted sleep. Hosts Darren and Stew are lovely."

Reviewed on 15 Jul. 2019

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Lismore Lake Holiday Park
Lismore Lake Holiday Park
3 out of 5
156 Bruxner Highway, Loftville, NSW
The price is AU$104 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
Located in Loftville, this cabin is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Lismore Regional Gallery and within 6 miles (10 km) of Lismore Workers Golf Club and Southern Cross ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (48 reviews)
"The park is a few kms from town but really only several minutes drive for food or shopping. The cabin was super clean, spacious and good amenities. Bed was comfy and water hot."

Reviewed on 21 May 2021

Lismore Lake Holiday Park
Nimbin Waterfall Retreat
Nimbin Waterfall Retreat
3.5 out of 5
14 Weismantel Rd, Nimbin, NSW
The price is AU$308 per night from 19 Oct. to 19 Oct.
Situated in Nimbin, this cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Nightcap National Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Gondwana Rainforests of Australia and Nimbin Visitor ...
3.8/5 Good! (4 reviews)
"We had a nice night, unfortunately it rained so got wet going to the bathroom but apart from that everything else was okay."

Reviewed on 23 Apr. 2021

Nimbin Waterfall Retreat
Teretre Cabins Nimbin
Teretre Cabins Nimbin
3 out of 5
5 High Street, Nimbin, NSW
The price is AU$195 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
Situated in a rural location, this cabin is within a 10-minute walk of Nimbin Visitor Information Centre and Nimbin Markets. Nightcap National Park is 2.9 mi ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (21 reviews)
Quiet Cabin near Town
"Nice little cabin, a bit roughing it style, but can suit a short stay for one or two. Lovely lady running the place and you may see wildlife around the cabin."

Reviewed on 18 Jun. 2021

Teretre Cabins Nimbin
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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