Six years ago today I was in a place that changed the way I see society and the world. Nimbin, Australia. I simply had to put on Pink Floyd and write to you about it. All the pictures I show you take you to another place in time, to another way of thinking and living, to the spirit of Nimbin. I suggest you too put on Pink Floyd for this post. Here’s a good one: Goodbye Blue Sky. It’s a playlist, keep it playin’!
Aaah, Nimbin. My spirit town, the official sister city of Woodstock. Where time has stopped to 1969 and people are happier, more relaxed and where the word “busy” has no meaning.
That’s my Nimbin, how I experienced it for 3 weeks of rainy days in March 2012.
I arrived to Nimbin like most do: on a hippie tourist bus from Byron Bay. Unlike most, I planned to stay. Most tourists come to Nimbin to walk the 200 metre main street for 1,5 hours, buy some weed and go back to their “hippie community” in Byron Bay. Trust me, there’s nothing hippie about Byron Bay. It’s a party town for surfers and yes, it is pretty and nice, but it doesn’t compare to the calmness of Nimbin. People are different and some prefer Byron Bay but I hated it, it felt shallow to me.
The Spirit of Nimbin
Nimbin has a lot to offer for someone who wants to escape society and life in general. I wanted to get away for a while before my backpacking tour across Australia. I had been working for Australia Post for the past 4 months living a regular life. My friend had just moved back to Finland and I was alone in Australia for the first time. I felt I needed a break between two lives: shifting from regular working life to a backpacker’s life seemed too harsh so I went to Nimbin for 3 weeks just to get my mindset right. And that was one of the best decisions of my life!
I stayed at the YHA Hostel which was the only hostel at the time in Nimbin. Don’t know if Nimbin has changed much but I hope not. Nimbin was all about smoking, relaxing and escape. The drug issues some people living there had were obvious even to a tourist but dispite them it was a safe place.
The Nature, It’s Everywhere!
The thing I loved about Nimbin was how I was surrounded by nature. Yes, it came with bad stuff as well like spiders in the showers, cockroaches in our dorm during nighttime (they escaped the rain outside indoors) and grasshoppers in my bed and snakes in the tree where I was hammocking. But oh how affectively the good things walked over the bad things! Wallabies on the roads, echidnas in the bushes and star-lit nights. We used to listen to the local radio station or Pink Floyd before going to bed and sit on the ground, smoke a splif and gaze to the stars. In the midst of mountains, these memories stay with me forever.
The Only Sight to See
Nimbin Museum. So much fun, and if you’re not too stoned, it’s a revolutionary museum. Makes you think history and life while still being much fun. Here’s some photos from the museum.
This is my story of the spirit of Nimbin. These 20 days changed me from the core – I learned to enjoy the moment, not to worry of the future and go with the flow. Life throws randomest stuff at you – why not find out what you’re getting?
Have you been to Nimbin after my visit in 2012, has it changed?