Nimbin-a little town that was almost deserted until the Australain students union of 1973 decided to hsot the Aquarius festival there-a celebration of all things alternative. It drew hippies from all over the country who decided that it was a nice palce to live and settled there and in the surrounding mountains. With the hippies came weed-and this is what the village is known for today-amongst other weird and wonderful indsustries.
We did a day trip on sunday which started at Bangalow market. Kind of like a cross between Milton Road car boat and Strawberry Fair. A relaxing way to start the morning. We then moved on to the village. There is only the main road to explore-so we didn't ened much time there. We visited the Museum, which contained a chronology of village life, and how weed had grown up alongside this. it was also where the dealers could operate without being hassled by the police! We then went to the hemp Embassy, selling all manner of clothing, skin care products and other various (illegal) products made from the wonderful plant hemp. We then had a quick coffee break before heading back to the bay.
I enjoyed my day but it wasn't exactly what I had expected. I thought the village would be more friendly and 'loved up'. Due to all the dealers in the street-openly sellling, cakes, cookies and weed, it was a little intimidating.