Welcome to Australia’s alternative-lifestyle capital, a little town famous for its marijuana culture that almost drowns under the weight of its own clichés. Set in an impossibly pretty valley, Nimbin was once an unremarkable dairy village, but was changed forever in May 1973. Thousands of counter-culture kids and back-to-earth-movement types descended on the town for the Aquarius Festival. Many stayed on and created new communities in the beautiful countryside, hoping to continue the ideals expressed during the 10-day celebration.
Genuine remnants of the peace-and-love generation remain – psychedelic murals of the rainbow-serpent Dreaming still line the main street – though the town has become somewhat shadier since its heyday and can feel threatening in areas. But dig a little deeper and you'll find a strong community spirit and a focus on sustainability. A targeted police crackdown of late means Nimbin may just be losing its hold as the weed capital of Australia.