Nimbin is a countercultural village in the Northern Rivers notable for its prominent environmental initiatives including permaculture, sustainability and self-sufficiency.
Nimbin has a population of 1,668 and is comprised of approximately 48.7% females and 51.3% males. It has an indigenous population of 73 (4.4%) and the median age is 46.
Nimbin is located in the North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN).
This fact sheet provides an overview of the community profile for the NCPHN.
Nimbin is a village in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales. It is located 30 minutes north of Lismore and 1 hour 15 minutes west of Byron Bay.
There nearest airport is in Lismore, 30 minutes south of Nimbin. Lismore Airport is serviced daily by Regional Express Airlines (REX) with five flights to and from Sydney Airport.
The major sources of employment in Nimbin are:
- Health Care and Social Assistance
- Retail Trade
- Education and Training
- Accommodation and Food Services
- Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
Nimbin Multi-Purpose Centre is a level two rural hospital/MPS, providing care to over 163 patients every year. The hospital sees over 4,600 Emergency attendances annually. Services include 11 high care beds for aged and home care and a four bed acute care ward consisting of single rooms for general medicine.
Lismore, which is a 30 minute drive from Nimbin is the health centre for the region and is home to the North Coast’s largest public hospital, a private hospital, and is well serviced by a strong contingent of allied health professionals.
Nimbin is supported by the Lismore Ambulance Service.
There is one general practice facility in Nimbin.
Nimbin has one public school (K-12)
Nimbin Central School
A wide variety of both public and private education opportunities are available in the nearby regional centre of Lismore.
The Nimbin area offers both pre-school and long day care services
Nimbin Emporium is the local Supermarket and offers a great range of fruit and veg, meats, dairy, cheeses and many other essential food items. Nimbin also has many alternative and boutique style retail outlets offering original, designer, handmade products including toys, gorgeous jewellery, funky hats, stunning artworks and groovy souvenirs. There are plenty of places to browse with craft shops, galleries and retail outlets or just sit back, enjoy a meal or coffee and watch the passing parade.
Lismore (30 minutes to the south) features a number of shopping precincts including Lismore Square Shopping Centre, which is the biggest shopping centre in the Northern Rivers Region.
There are a number of places of worship located in Lismore, 30 minutes to the south of Nimbin. They include, Australian Christian Churches, Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Centre Church, Mary of the Angelus Association, Lismore Christian Family Fellowship, Presbyterian, Seventh Day Adventist, and Uniting churches.
The Bodhitree Forest Monastery and Retreat Centre is a further 10 minutes away in Tullera.
Nimbin is an internationally famous village. It is both intriguing and quirky with its unique mural streetscape of indigenous, rainforest and psychedelic facades and colourful local characters. Nimbin offers an amazing array of cafés and shops as well as featuring fascinating places like Djanbung Gardens, Rainbow Power Company and the extraordinary Nimbin Candle Factory.
Lismore, 30 minutes to the south, is a city that boasts the culture and convenience of a major regional centre and all of the lifestyle advantages of an extraordinarily beautiful natural environment. For decades, Lismore has attracted a high number of artists of all kinds.
There are numerous galleries and exhibitions throughout the region, and music, dance and live theatre abound. The Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA) company and the Northern Rivers Conservatorium are based in Lismore. There is the Star Court Theatre which hosts lie plays, movies and live concerts.
The Lismore Lantern Parade, is an annual event held every Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. This brilliant and iconic event celebrates strong multicultural and community spirit with a spectacular parade featuring illuminated puppets, pyrotechnics, music and fine art.