Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Nimbin, Australia. You can choose from 0 Nimbin hostels. In total, there are 2 cheap places to stay in Nimbin such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $9 for a dorm.
This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Nimbin. To help you make friends with Nimbin before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Nimbin is a small city in New South Wales (on the east coast of Australia), easy reachable by car or bus. This city is characterized for its hippie inhabitants, the drug consumption, and the motto of "peace and love."
From Byron Bay there are a lot of offers of tours to visit this town, which serves also as a "public transport" -- if you want to stay at a Nimbin hostel a couple of nights, you can join a normal tour, stay in the city, and then return with another tour bus in another day (this tour happens daily, so you will not have flexibility issues.)
If possible, try to synchronize your visit to Nimbin with the famous annual festival "Mardi Gras and Cannabis Law Reform Rally" (which occurs on the first weekend of May) -- it's worth a visit. If this time is not the best for your travel, try to visit Nimbin on the third and fifth Sundays of each month -- market times, when the city gains a new vibe (expect good organic food and live music, as this city is also known for its fantastic artists). If you intend to stay more than a few days in this small town, visit a supermarket beforehand (the nearest is located in the city of Lismore), because in Nimbin there are small grocery shops with the basic needs, but they generally are more expensive.
There aren't so many hostels in Nimbin, so it's better to book your accommodation in advance (especially if it's the time of the festival). In Nimbin hostels, don't expect luxurious accommodations, instead expect the most friendly, crazy, and "relaxed" people.
Written by local enthusiast for Nimbin hostels Grace
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Sad place. Once proud Indigenous locals sitting in park drinking and hustling you to buy weed. A makeshift memorial set up on footpath In the Main Street for a young man who overdosed and died right there on the spot from inducing horse tranquilizer ! Was told of about three people who died in public toilets at various times. Terrible place, terrible. Not friendly at all, only want your money. The maijuana image is a business, not a lifestyle. Hemp embassy is a joke. Cafe owners are rude. One establishment had so many flies buzzing around I could'nt enjoy my overpriced lunch where I had to sit directly opposite an indoor toilet! Could explain the flies! Walked past various, what I assumed were 'locals' and they absolutely reeked of unwashed bodies. Yuk! Avoid the place. Much nicer places to visit in the area.
A one day mission to score some weed. Beautiful area. A generally pleasant and friendly laid back vibe, mostly harmless but tinged with the wretchedness of broken souls.
I love Nimbin -- they have a very, very beautiful country here and nearly everyone around the world knows about it. It is a small place, colourful, and not bad like some people say. Maybe they don't know you have to be a bit careful everywhere you are.
Nimbin is to be seen to be believed.
You must see Nimbin at least once in your lifetime.
Nimbin is the most laid back place in the world.
Nimbin is a mad place. I reckon everyone should go there. There are heaps of scammers and druggies but that's how it is everywhere. All in all it was really fun.
I was in Nimbin for a week and found it to be a really out there place. If you love your herb, you will love Nimbin and it will love you. Chill and rest your mind, body, and soul.
I ended up staying in Nimbin for many months at a time. It's a wonderful place to go and be, just don't take any 'agendas and judgements' with you and you'll have a ball, be open to life's many opportunities. Many good bands/music can be found up here too and the countryside is amazing. It's set between many National Parks, go on -- be free!
Nimbin is probably the most authentic place on earth. It asks nothing of us. I love it.
Nimbin is quite a fun filled place to take your kids for a little family time. We had heaps of fun with the ultra radical leftists and stoners!
The town is funky and the area is beautiful, but it made me sad to see such a waste of life. The streets of Nimbin are not always peace, love and brown rice -- watch the scammers.
Ninmbin is a fantastic place, take a look at the streets and what they have to offer. Market on Saturdays are great as well. Go with an open mind.
Nimbin is a relaxed fun escape from where I live! Nice interesting people everywhere, definitely a must have travel destination! Let loose and have fun there!
It's a beautiful area, and very laidback, and you'll meet backpackers from around the world. And the small town has a strong sense of community. There's a lot of drug users though (mostly marijuana).
This place is a waste of time. Full of stoners and ultra radical greenies.
Nimbin is disgusting. Don't even bother coming here. There are far better places to visit in the region.
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