Let the sunshine in
Abandoned farms amid tropical jungle, waterfalls and volcanic soils. Nature rules in Nimbin Valley, considered a sacred place by the native Bundjlung people. An extinct volcano sleeps under Mount Warning, alongside Killen Falls and the Big Scrub tropical jungle.
Hippies went to Nimbin and stayed. Many attendees at the festival settled in the town and formed communes, like Tuntable Falls—still active today, with 200 members—seeking to construct new ways of sustainable life. Four decades later, peculiar architecture, flowery vans and psychedelic drawings make Nimbin the perfect setting for getting stuck in time. Part of the blame belongs to Vernon Treweeke, father of Australian psychedelic art. With the idea of recycling old buildings for the festival, he decided to draw hundreds of rainbows, which still decorate the façades today.
Beyond aesthetics, the original community spirit that managed to fill the region with hope endures. In 1979, they managed to convince the New South Wales regional government to impose a law prohibiting the felling of the jungle. The Greenies movement remains active today, promoting political awareness in protecting the environment. A slow, creative lifestyle is promoted through actions like the Nimbin Youth Film Festival, support for consuming local products, and well-being activities, like yoga and meditation. Numerous art projects in the area can be found at Nimbin Museum, which also conserves records of the town’s history since the Aquarius revolution.