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Get to know Nimbin (no more "I wish I knew this before")

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

Written by local enthusiast for Nimbin hostels Grace

Your Packing List for Nimbin

Your Packing List for Nimbin

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Nimbin and Australia.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

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Palm Beach (58 Km / 36 mi.)
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Travel Tips for Nimbin - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Nimbin. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Nimbin. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

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