Nimbin and Mullumbimby are two village towns near Byron Bay that everyone says you must visit. They each offer their own unique charm with a small town community atmosphere boasting with lots of character. I visited Nimbin and Mullumbimby during my trip to Byron Bay at the end of August. You can read all about what I did in Byron Bay here.
Nimbin is about an hour outside of Byron Bay but it’s definitely worth the drive. I stopped by for a few hours on my way out of the city towards Brunswick Heads. The town is known as the Rainbow Region which is very apparent with all the bright colors, art murals and graffiti everywhere. It’s important to note the cultural importance Nimbin is to the indigenous Bundjalung people.
Nimbin is known for being a huge advocate for cannabis culture and it’s very obvious as soon as you drive into the town. There’s a lot of hemp signs I parked at the end of the town and made my back up on foot with my camera in hand.
My first impression of the town was that it was definitively something I’ve never seen before. I went to university in Iowa so I’ve seen a real small town but Nimbin is a mind of its own. It felt like everyone was on the same page to just live a calm, happy, easy going life. Something I could totally get behind.
The streets were filled with novelty stores selling a wide variety of clothing, home ware, trinkets, and cannabis friendly products. All the clothing was very bohemian with lots of fun prints, tie dye, and colors. There was also a few little cafes offering a variety of cuisines and shops selling a bunch of different sustainable and eco-friendly products.
I spent some time wandering in and out of shops without looking for anything particular in mind. Even if you don’t plan on buying anything, I’d still recommend browsing any shops that peak your interest. The street isn’t that long so you could easily go into every shop.
The place I enjoyed the most was the Hemp Bar because I had a nice conversation with this girl and an old guy from France who lives in Nimbin. They were really friendly and gave me recommendations on other places I needed to visit in Australia.
While there, I tried to order a mango smoothie but apparently mangos weren’t in season so I ended up getting one of their hemp chocolate chip cookies made with hemp seeds. I ate it later as a dessert after dinner and it was actually really good. It had the consistency of a short bread cookie.
It was getting close to 4 p.m. by the time I left the Hemp Bar and I still had an hour drive to Ocean Shore where I was staying for the night. On my way back to the car, I stumbled upon the towns public bathroom and was so intrigued by all the graffiti. There was a cool one plastered all over the bathroom stalls.
As I continued walking, I stumbled upon this community building called The Hemp Club. The entire exterior of the space was covered in a bunch of colorfulmkj art murals and graffiti. It was really nice to see a town embrace art so much.
Before heading out of Nimbin, I stopped by a cafe called Nimbin Cafe and ordered a fresh pineapple and apple juice and it was the yummiest fresh juice I’ve ever had in my life. Would definitely recommend stopping there for a good pick me up. Note that they only take cash!
Although I wasn’t there long, I still had a really nice time exploring Nimbin and would highly suggest making a day trip when you’re in Byron Bay.
There are day tours to Nimbin that you can book from Byron Bay. One of the girls I met at the hostel visited Nimbin with Grasshoppers and said it was worth the money.
Would you visit Nimbin? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading and stay hungry to learn, create and grow!