The grasshopper tour to Nimbin
We got up this morning to meet the minibus to take us to a local town called Nimbin, which is a hippy town known for being 'alternative'. The bus was about half an hour late, which wasn't a good sign! When it did arrive it was an old fashioned van, covered in different colours and hippy symbols. The first stop was to Nimbin itself, but before we got there the driver stopped the the van and told us how the town got its reputation. Basically, people went there during the Vietnam War to protest, brought drugs with them and never left. Now the Australian government turn a blind eye to what goes on in the town, because they know that it is only low class drugs that are used, and are in the main safe.
As we entered Nimbin we saw loads of funny signs for the shops, like 'Bring-a-bong'. We had about two hours there, and as soon as we stepped off the bus we were offered marijuana by about six different people along the street. One man started singing 'don't worry, be happy' at us, and another muttered to us that 'drugs are goood!' Strangely, it wasn't scary - there's a really safe vibe there and we didn't feel pressured. There was also some really cute hippy shops, and we went in the Nimbin museum, which seemed to be a hang out place for the dealers! The only frightening moment was when a boy collapsed on the pavement, but all the local women rushed straight over to help him, and 'talk him down'.
After we left Nimbin we stopped at a local pub, and then went to a waterfall that had natural pools at the bottom of it. Lisa, Daniela and I went in the water, which was freezing, but really refreshing. The last stop off was to the Rocky Dam Creek, where we had a BBQ. We saw a goanna lizard while we were there, which was huge! Once we got back to the resort, we were all really tired, and so just stayed in for the evening.