The Village of Nimbin is situated in a valley in the sub tropical North East corner of NSW. Local attractions are the colourful painted shops, murals, sculptures, arts and market. Surrounding region consists of National Parks of local native fauna and flora from the mountains to the most easterly point of the Australian coast.
The original tribal people were the Widgibal clan of the Bundjalung. Nimbin was an important site for male initiation. The land was considered sacred. During the 1800’s pioneer European settlers cleared land for the timber industry and began farming bananas and dairy mainly. The land provided families with homes, food, employment and community.
The 2nd wave of settlers came in the 1970’s with ideas of, alternative home building, organic growing and farming, solar, wind and water power development and the creation of land co-operatives with a blend of ‘new age’ spiritual and tribal. Nimbin was a small dairy town which boomed in 1973 after the Aquarius Festival.
The Festival changed the face of Nimbin completely. Many people stayed on and others moved into the area. The town and surrounds is now home to several thousand people.
Today Nimbin is a vibrant community reflecting the past and
celebrating the future as a sustainable culture. The art and craft scene is very well established and Nimbin is well known for it's extraordinary display of paintings and crafts. You will be amazed by the colourful township, with many buildings painted, as well as woodcarvings and sculptures. The area has its own museum telling the history of the area, as well as the popular Djanbung Gardens and the Hemp Embassy as well as other attractions. Festivals and nightlife should not be missed in Nimbin as it is always a night to remember, food and accommodation are good too.
Byron is a great place from which to get to Nimbin, with daily shuttle buses running
Blue Knob Farmers Market
Blue Knob Cafe & Gallery, 719 Blue Knob Rd.Lillian Rock
Every Saturday 9am to 3pm
Nimbin Community Centre, Cullen St. Nimbin
4th and 5th Sundays 9am to 2:30pm
GREAT FOOD< GREAT MUSIC< GREAT COMMUNITY
Nimbin Farmers Market - every Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm (next to the post office in town)
The Channon Craft Market
Coronation Park, The Channon
every 2nd Sunday 9am to 3pm
Lismore Car Boot Market
Lismore Shopping Square, Uralba Street, Lismore.
2st and 3rd Sunday 8am-2pm
The Lismore Markers Market
Northern Rivers Conservatorium, cnr Keen Street & Magellan Street, Lismore
1st Saturday 10am-2pm
Cafes & Restaurants
Nimbin has an amazing cafe and culture scene where local cafes and restaurants make the most of the region’s bounty, incorporating fresh local and organic produce into their menus. The many and varied eateries are sure to have something to tempt your taste buds.
The Spangled Drongo Thai Restaurant & Takeaway
Kao Pad Deluxe - fried rice with chicken and prawn - great value for $15 at the Spangled Drongo Thai Restaurant, opposite the marketplace at the Nimbin Community Centre - go to the facebook page for the menue...
Vegetarian also available, with tofu, for $10
Open from 5.30 pm Wednesday to Sunday
Open 5:30 pm to 9pm Wednesdays to Sundays
1/80 Cullen Street Nimbin ph. 66891795
The Contented Tummy
Why not experience Nimbin's famous cafe having undergone a total new fitout with new owners. Exciting updated menu including fish or chicken with fresh salad & chips. Hamburgers,wraps, smoothies, milkshakes. The best selection of home made slices, cakes & Tiramisu outside Italy. Plus Zentfields famous gold medal coffee, grown in the beautiful Byron hinterland. The Contented Tummy will be open for restaurant dining Friday & Saturday night with a menu featuring local & authentic international cuisine. Gary & Carolyne, with their friendly team, would enjoy meeting you.
2/45 Cullen St Nimbin
02 6689 0590
Monday to Saturday 8am -4pm
Sunday 9am - 4pm
Blue Knob Hall Gallery
Blue Knob Hall, established in 1930, is situated beneath the sacred Aboriginal landmark of Lillian Rock, and Blue Knob mountain.
719 Blue Knob Rd, Lillian Rock
02 6689 7449
Thu - Sun: 10am-4pm
evening bookings by appointment
The Phoenix Cafe at Bush Theatre Nimbin http://phoenixrisingcafe.net/ LIVE MUSIC!
The Phoenix Rising café is open 7 days a week from 10 am to 4pm and will feature a health-focused menu with many of the ingredients being local produce, some from the on-site garden. Local people with produce to offer are welcome to bring their goods and if suitable they will be purchased. A barter system will also be in place. Live music on the outdoor stage will be a feature of the café on Saturday afternoons.
Signature dishes include paleo super smoothies. The cafe was about educating people and proving food could be natural and tasty. The Bringabong shop has also moved to the site.
Enquiries for food supply and music can be directed to David Hyett, phone 0418-824-598.
The Bringabong shop has been relocated temporarily in the complex due to the fire.
First to open for great food and coffee in Nimbin each day. Fresh hot pies and Espresso Botero Coffee from 6am. Burgers and sandwiches made to order, just the way you like it. Meat, chicken and vegetarian pies, pasties and sausage rolls, and yummy quiches too! Lots of cakes, including gluten free varieties. Birthday, wedding and special event cakes made to order.
Only 15 minutes north of Nimbin, Sphinx Rock Cafe is a unique oasis, set in peaceful parkland with a flowing creek and views of Mt. Burrell. Situated at the Mt. Burrell Convienience Centre on the Kyogle Road, between Murwillumbah and Kyogle, it's a great place to relax and enjoy the culinary delights of an award winning licensed restaurant.
The Cafe offers all day breakfast, tasty big burgers, wraps and sanga’s, delicious mains, daily specials, including vegetarian and vegan options and organic coffee and cakes. All meals are delivered to your table by our friendly and efficient staff.
Children can enjoy the sandpit & toy area while parents catch up on emails or cruise the net over a coffee via Wi Fi.
Good dogs on leads are welcome Monday to Saturday.
3220 Kyogle RdMt Burrell (map)
02 6679 7118
Weekdays from 8am
Weekends from 9am
Friday nights for Dinner
Capers on Cullen Cafe
Dedicated to providing genuine, consistent quality, affordable cuisine for all. Exceptional, fresh roasted, certified organic coffee from Australia's most awarded coffee company. Modern, original menu featuring all day breakfasts, truly gourmet sandwiches, salads, fresh juices, smoothies, daily specials and much more. Organic kosher bagels, wholegrain sourdoughs and freshly baked local turkish bread are sure to satisfy. Locally made hot pies available with mash, peas and gravy. Gluten free/vegan/raw options available. Free range chicken and eggs. Featuring Nimbin's (possibly Australia's) most radicalised shop front in a convenient central location. Working towards a debt free society we accept cash only. Come check us out, you won't be disappointed!
56 Cullen Street, Nimbin
0429 012 552
Monday to Friday: 9am - 4pm
Sat: 9am - 3pm
The new H E M P Bar WILL be, as ever, a meeting place for Cannabis Law Reform activists from all over earth.
The new H E M P Bar WILL be the new HQ for the M.O.B, the Mardigrass Organizing Bunch, MardiGrass INFORMATION posters, tee-shirts and tickets will be available for sale.
The new H E M P Bar WILL be able to host a lot more activists a lot more comfortably because it will have a greater number of tables and chairs... Wait till you see the Bob Marley Lounge! At this stage, we are opening 7 days a week, from 9.00 AM till 9.00 PM.
Cullen St, Nimbin (map)
02 6689 1842
10am till late
Nimbin's true Oasis...
Great coffee, chai tea, healthy hearty snacks, meals and much more...
Come in and experience the joint with your friends...
80 Cullen St, Nimbin
02 6689 0199
Mon to Sun: till late
Cosy family run cafe specialising in snacks and meals using local produce, served by smiling staff. Speedy friendly service.
76a Cullen Street Nimbin
02 6689 0138
Mon to Sat: from 8am
4th & 5th Sunday (Nimbin Markets): from 8am
NEW Wood fired Pizza Restaurant and Cafe
Nimbin in Cullen St - open every day. Best Pizza in town!
Nimbin Pizza & Trattoria
Traditional Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria “Trat•to•ri•a” - An Italian Restaurant, especially one that is simple in style! Elena and Peter Wise started Nimbin Pizza from a humble home-based kitchen (in Gungas Rd, Nimbin) back in November 1991 as a home-delivery pizza service for the people of Nimbin. In 1992 the business moved to its current location (ex Rainbow Power Company). This brought together the talents of Elena’s ‘mama’ renowned chef Josephine, third generation restaurateur 'La Rosetta' of Taranto, Italy and 'Mama Maria’s' of Kings Cross, Sydney and her ‘papa’ Franco Cassiano to add their al-la-carte cuisine and passion for food and entertainment to the Pizzeria creating an authentic and dynamic Italian menu selection. The restaurant continues to thrive today and has proven to be an institution that provides consistent quality of food, service and atmosphere for locals and visitors of Nimbin.
2/70 Cullen Street Nimbin
02 6689 1427
Mon to Sun: 5.30pm-9pm
Nimbin Hotel and Backpacker
Nimbin Hotel was established under the name Freemasons Hotel in 1924. The operation as Nimbin Hotel commenced in 1999. The hotel is the only ‘pub’ in the village. It has comfortable rooms for most types of travellers, whilst also accommodating backpackers. The bar comprises 17 beers on tap including local beers brewed in Byron Bay. In addition, you can lunch or dine in the bistro 7 days a week. The team at Nimbin Hotel look forward to seeing you and making your stay or short visit to the village as memorable as the surrounding ranges. If you are seeking a happy, friendly service in a comfortable environment to either relax with a drink, a game of pool, some live music, or a great tasting meal, then Nimbin Hotel is the best joint in the region
The Nimbin Candle Factory
Our factory is open 7days week. We're always happy to show visitors and family groups through our colourful factory. We have a beautiful display of candles available at factory prices, from standard dinner candles though to one off pieces which will delight those of you looking for a special gift. We have plenty of parking with disabled access and emenities available.
Nimbin Craft Gallery
For over 20 years in the same location, The Nimbin Craft Gallery has been committed to the local artisans of the Rainbow Region of north eastern NSW, Australia. Since the 1970’s and the arrival of the Aquarius Festival, our area’s alternative or ‘hippie’ culture has made Nimbin a mecca for a creative, colourful population, known for their unique art and craft abilities. Nestled in the village of Nimbin, surrounded by the inspirational sub-tropical rainforests and the remnants of the ancient volcanic mountain ranges, Nimbin Craft Gallery is dedicated to the promotion of our local artisans and their skills!
Nimbin is on the doorstep of several magnificent World Heritage National Parks offering easy access to walking trails, waterfalls that cascade into clear mountain pools and breathtaking lookouts. Ancient rainforests shroud the hills, ridges and valleys of the Nightcap and Border Ranges National Parks.
Border Ranges NP
Border Ranges National Park is a large area of wilderness that protects untouched rainforest and unique plants and animals connected to the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana. There are spectacular views, tall forests, waterfalls, gorges and pristine rainforest walks. Explore the abundant wonders of the rainforest hidden throughout this rare haven. The amazing view from The Pinnacle Lookout is a highlight of any visit to the park. Looking out from the caldera with the lush Tweed Valley over 100m below, and views over Wollumbin across to the ocean and beyond, is to experience one of Australia’s most breathtaking natural wonders. There are walking trails to suit all levels. Try the short Palm Valley loop walk through subtropical rainforest or take the more difficult Booyong walk that leaves from Sheepstation Creek campground. You’re bound to find a beautiful spot for a picnic or barbecue lunch. Photographers will love capturing billowing waterfalls, views of Wollumbin-Mount Warning and lush rainforest plants.
38 km west of Murwillumbah off the Kyogle Road via Barkers Vale or 28kms north of Kyogle off the Summerland Way.
> bar mountain circuit
> border loop walk
> brindle creek picnic area
If you enjoy holidaying on the water, you’ll love Bundjalung’s combination of river, beach and freshwater lagoons. This north coast park stretches north from Iluka to Evans Head with the Pacific Ocean as its eastern boundary. Spend a day canoeing along Evans River or Jerusalem Creek, mountain biking the Macaulays Lead or Serendipity fire trail, or walking along Ten Mile Beach. There are also boat launching facilities, snorkelling on the shallow reefs and fishing.
50 km south of Ballina. Turn off the Pacific Highway onto Iluka Road.
> Canoe Evans River paddle route
> Esk River paddle route
> Iluka Bluff lookout
> Jerusalem Creek Paddle route
> Jerusalem Creek walk
Rocky Dreek Dam
There are four beautiful walks that you can do from the Picnic Area at Rocky Creek Dam. Each walk has been designed to experience different aspects of the Rainforest Reserve which is managed by Rous Water.
Big Scrub Loop or the Scrub Turkey Walk
(6km, 1.5 -2 hours return, moderate)
Starting off Gibbergunyah Range Road, visitors can stroll amongst some of the best examples of remnant rainforest in NSW. See large figs, abundant birdlife and crystal clear creeks.
Rocky Creek Dam Walk
(2km one way, 45 mins, moderate)
Begin at Rocky Creek Dam picnic area. Walk through regenerating rainforest on the dam’s shores into large untouched forest before emerging through flooded gum plantation at Gibbergunyah Range Road. Retrace your steps to the Rocky Creek Dam picnic area.
“The last time we were here, we lay on our backs under a large eucalyptus tree listening to a pair of beautiful black cockatoos chattering in the branches above us.”
Near Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads, Mebbin National Park is a paradise for nature-lovers. It’s a significant nature conservation area, which protects an important part of the Tweed landscape while also serving as a vital habitat link between the World Heritage areas of Wollumbin and Border Ranges national parks. A large portion of the park is dry eucalypt forest, with some rainforest and a small section of old growth forest.
Explore the park’s lush environment by following Byrrill Creek walking track through sub-tropical rainforest and fig trees. Or, enjoy mountain biking or horseback riding along the trails that wind under towering eucalyptus trees.
Along your way, be sure to keep your eyes open for glimpses of some of the park’s rare, threatened species, such as large owls, lace monitor lizards, glossy black-cockatoos, and red-legged pademelons. The endangered giant barred frog is rarely seen, but may be heard calling out across the park on hot summer nights.
From Murwillumbah take the Kyogle Road through Uki, then turn right into Byrrill Creek Road. From Byrrill Creek Road turn left into Mebbin Forest Road which leads to the park boundary (about 1 kilometre), and a further kilometre into Cutters Camp. Take Brays Creek Road south from Tyalgum and turn left into Byrrill Creek Road. Keep going until you reach Mebbin Forest Road, which will take you 1 kilometre to the park boundary and another kilometre into Cutters Camp campground and picnic area.
Road quality: unpaved sections
> Byrill Creek walking track
“Walking in the rainforests of Nightcap National Park is like entering a timeless landscape – it’s an unforgettable place.”
Nightcap National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, is a dramatically beautiful park full of ancient rainforests, magical waterways and spectacular views. The lush rainforest provides a home for the newly discovered nightcap oak as well as a number of threatened animal species, including Albert’s lyrebird and Fleay’s barred frog which takes shelter under leaf litter and makes an ‘ok-okok-ok-ok’ after rain.
With easy access from Nimbin, you can enjoy a picnic, bushwalk, waterfalls and crystal clear creeks and enjoy incredible views of the 20 million year-old Wollumbin shield volcano.
35kms west of Lismore and 25km from Nimbin.
Minyon Grass picnic area – nestled in the shade of trees with a magic view of the falls
Protesters falls walk – an easy walk through lush rainforest that kids will love
Terania Creek picnic area – a family friendly area with barbecues and lots of birds and goannas
Minyon falls lookout - on a clear day there are views to the ocean
“Wollumbin is just a beautiful place to be, with the view of an ancient volcano surrounded by Gondwana-age rainforest.”
The ancient World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Wollumbin National Park are reminiscent of a time when rainforests covered much of Australia. The area is one of Australia’s biodiversity hotspots with abundant flora and fauna, including the rare and endangered Albert’s Lyrebird. Dual named Wollumbin-Mount Warning is the central plug of a huge, extinct shield-shaped volcano. Wollumbin is the Aboriginal name and Captain Cook named it Mount Warning in 1770 to warn mariners of offshore reefs. 20 million years of heavy rainfall has shaped the area, also known as ‘The Green Cauldron’. Walk through the rainforest to appreciate the bountiful wildlife. Under Bundjalung lore, only chosen people can climb Wollumbin. As a sign of respect to their Ancestors, Bundjalung people ask that you choose not to climb.
Wollumbin, which dramatically rises from World Heritage-listed Wollumbin National Park – formerly known as Mount Warning National Park – to a height of 1,157m above sea level, is a remnant central vent of an ancient volcano. This spectacular feature can be viewed from a range of vantage points in the surrounding massive crater (caldera), including Cudgen Nature Reserve, Border Ranges National Park and Nightcap National Park, Cape Byron lighthouse and various settlements.
Explore this exquisite Gondwana Rainforest of Australia – rich in plant, bird and animal life – by taking a short walk on Lyrebird track. Hike this winding path under towering palms listening out for the calls of whipbirds, noisy pitta and, of course, lyrebirds. Enjoy a picnic beside Breakfast Creek or at Korrumbyn picnic area.
96kms north west of Lismore
> Lyrebird track
Rocky Creek Dam