Towns Of Australia – Nimbin – from the Forest to the Weed

This is the first in a series on Towns of Australia to support and build the @hiveaustralia account and show the world the wonderful country we live in!

Today I visited Nimbin, so thought I'd start there!


Nimbin, New South Wales

Nimbin, located north of Lismore and west of Byron Bay in Northern New South Wales, Australia is a quaint little town. Red Cedar loggers first came to the area in the 1840s and by the end of the century most of the land had been cleared. With the Cedar forests gone, Nimbin was subdivided with the land turned over to dairy farming and growing bananas.

Nimbin Location

Drug Capital of Australia

Nimbin is now most well known as ‘the drug capital of Australia’. The ‘escapist’ sub-culture in Nimbin has created a strong counterculture, with many people moving to the region to escape the norms of everyday Australian society.

In New South Wales the growing, possession or sale of cannabis is punishable by law, however, in Nimbin, cannabis is openly bought, sold and used and often in public. Iconic sites in Nimbin, geared to the cannabis culture include:

  • The Hemp Embassy - is a point for drug information, and a shop selling anything to do with Hemp, except cannabis itself.
  • The Nimbin Hemp Bar - used to allow the patrons to smoke cannabis while enjoying fresh coffee and cake. Under pressure from the police, the Bar closed voluntarily and then reopened, minus the ability to smoke ‘pot’.
  • The Nimbin Museum - was a collection of local artefacts, local art, and alternative culture open for tour.

The drug culture in Nimbin has also been accompanied by a collective of public creativity, colourful and spiritually motivated art, music, poetry, craft and fashion and all of this can be seen along the main street of the town.

MardiGrass Festival

A rally for the end to the prohibition of cannabis in Australia is held annually in Nimbin. This event is called the MardiGrass festival and has occurred since 1993. On the first weekend of May, thousands descend on Nimbin for cannabis oriented fun and frivolity. Activities include:

  • a Prohibition Protest Rally
  • Parade with the Ganja Faeries
  • the Nimbin Cannabis Cup
  • the Hemp Olympix, which includes the Bong "Throw'n'Yell", Joint Rolling
  • the Grower's Iron Person event, where runners must first carry a 20 kg sack of fertiliser, then a bucket of water, and finally "the crop", as a tribute to the difficulties faced by growers in the hills, and to show that cannabis users can be fit and healthy. Source:


I have visited Nimbin numerous times, including today, not to partake in the delights on offer around the town, but to engage in the relaxed atmosphere and engaging and mesmerising personalities in the town. Cannabis can be purchased freely on the streets and you will often find people smoking ‘doobies’ outside of the local pub or in the park in the main street of the town. It is not unusual to be offered 'cookies' whilst walking down the street.

If you are ever in this part of Australia, I highly recommend a visit to this unique town. A visit to Nimbin is an experience not to be missed and certainly one that will be remembered.

Even Nimbin is sponsored by @Centerlink



Wow. Did not know this about Nimbin! And I have been there a few times due to the ex in laws living at Mullumbimby. Awesome post Scooter, thank you!

So interesting, I never new any of that.

Nimbin - doesn't that have the world record for being offered a bag as soon as you open the car door? It does in my personal experience. Lovely town.

Did you seriously boot me after having members talk about killing Australian Police in the way one would do on GTA the game?

Wait you got booted from HiveAustralia discord for talking about it or for listening to people on there talking about it?

Listening to people talking about it. Why would I want to kill police?

That is weird that you get booted for listening to it. That is so fucked up.

Wondered why I haven't seen you comment on there for awhile.

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