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Shae Killey3 years ago

Get high on life with a day of Nimbin exploration

Are you looking to relax, rejuvenate and refresh your soul? Located about an hour's drive inland from Byron Bay, Nimbin is the alternative lifestyle capital of Australia and a great place to get in touch with your spiritual side. Attracting attention from all over the world, Nimbin is famous for its hippie culture and freethinking locals. Formerly a quaint little dairy farming village nestled between lush forest surroundings, Nimbin is now a thriving tourist hotspot full of rainbows, butterflies, colourful buildings and quirky characters. If you're yet to experience Nimbin's culture, plan a trip today and prepare to be enlightened.

There’s no denying Nimbin is home to unique charm and friendly, laidback locals. If you’re visiting the area, we’ve planned out the perfect to day to get the most out of your experience.

Cafe to start your day

Sphinx Rock Cafe

Live music, Sphinx Rock Cafe - Mount Burrell
Live music, Sphinx Rock Cafe – Mount Burrell

If you’re driving to Nimbin, be sure to stop off at the Sphinx Rock Cafe for a bite to eat before your day of adventure. Nestled in a scenic Tweed Valley parkland, you can relax by the flowing creek with a latte, and enjoy views of Mount Burrell. There’s a variety of tasty breakfast selections available, but we suggest choosing the big brekky with bacon, eggs, sausage, mushroom, tomato, beans, rosti, spinach and toast. After a tranquil stop off at Sphinx Rock Cafe, you’ll be in the right head space to begin your day at Nimbin.
Where: 3220 Kyogle Rd Mount Burrell NSW

Explore everything Nimbin

If you’re spending the day at Nimbin, there’s a variety of different things to do and places to see depending on what you’re after. If you want to be at one with nature, Nimbin is the gateway to some stunning world heritage-listed reserves, and picturesque national parks, where you can spot some beautiful waterfalls and walk through scenic bush trails. If it’s the hippie culture you’re after, you’ll need to spend your day exploring the intriguing village centre, which is filled with one-of-a-kind street murals featuring indigenous, rainforest and psychedelic facades; here you can also wander around and visit the many quirky cafes and restaurants that surround the area.
Where: Nimbin NSW

Hungry? We’ve got a place for you

Nimbin Pizza & Trattoria

Funky murals, Nimbin Pizza & Trattoria - Nimbin
Funky murals, Nimbin Pizza & Trattoria – Nimbin

After spending the day exploring Nimbin, you’re bound to have worked up quite the hunger. There’s no better cure for the munchies than with a tasty, carbo loaded, Italian-inspired cuisine. Whether you’re a lover of spaghetti bolognaise or you’d prefer a big, juicy pizza selection, the chefs at Nimbin Pizza and Trattoria will cook it to perfection. Originally a home delivery pizza service, the Nimbin Pizza and Trattoria restaurant was established over 20 years ago and has since been a favourite among Nimbin locals. Known for their great food, service and atmosphere, be sure to finish your Nimbin day with a meal from this restaurant.
Where: 70 Cullen St Nimbin NSW

Staying the night?

Crofton’s Retreat

Luxurious rooms, Crofton's Retreat - Nimbin
Luxurious rooms, Crofton’s Retreat – Nimbin

With so many things to do in the Nimbin area, you’ll struggle to get it all done in one day. If you want to spend a bit more time exploring the alternative lifestyle capital, book a room at the relaxing oasis that is Crofton’s Retreat. Whether you want to use this accommodation as a base for exploring Nimbin, or you’d prefer not to move at all, the choice is up to you. With peaceful surroundings you can renew your mind, body and spirit by resting in the hammock, or listening to the birds as you sip coffee from the verandah. If you’re tired or stressed, head to Crofton’s Retreat for an affordable Nimbin escape.
Where: 360 Crofton Rd Nimbin NSW

Since you’re in the area, why not have an enchanting stay in Byron Bay? Click here for the best places to do so.

Have you spent the day in Nimbin before? Tell us what you did for the day in the comments below.