This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you 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.
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 hostelsGrace