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Below is a list of accommodation options at Nimbin. Most will be full around MardiGrass, which is always the first weekend in May. Book early. There will be more camping sites available on the weekend.

Phone numbers below:

Nimbin Caravan Park (02) 6689 1402
Nimbin Hotel and Backpackers (02) 6689 1246
Rainbow Retreat Backpackers (02) 6689 1262
The Nimbin Rox Hostel (02) 6689 0022
Granny’s Farm Backpackers (02) 6689 1333
Grey Gum Lodge (02) 6689 1713
Croftons Retreat Book by Email OR Call Christine on: (02) 6689 0030
Rainbow Stay Nimbin 1857 Nimbin Road, Coffee Camp, NSW 2480. Geoffrey (02) 6689 9444

Howdy We have just taken over the Klassic Lodge at 1597 Nimbin Road, Goolmangar and would like to let you know that we have vacant accommodation for the weekend of your wonderful mardigrass. Should anyone make contact with you regarding any accommodation in the area, we would love to help accommodate them. We are just 11km out of Nimbin, 12 minutes by car. The Nimbin courtesy bus does go right past our front gate. Phone numbers are either 0449 964 022 or the land line 02 66 899 350. We would appreciate any calls you can pass our way. Have a lovely afternoon. Looking forward to the weekend. Joe & Kay

Phone Numbers
Outside Australia: use 61 as country code, 2 as area code, thus, dial 61 2 xxxx xxxx
Within Australia: use 02 as area code, thus, dial 02 xxxx xxxx
Within Nimbin and local area: xxxx xxxx = phone number in listing above


Nimbin is in the top North East corner of New South Wales.

East of Nimbin is Byron Bay and the coast. West of Nimbin is Kyogle. North of Nimbin is Murwillumbah. South of Nimbin is Lismore.


The Happy Coach (02) 6685 3996
Nimbin Shuttle (02) 6680 9189
Waller’s Bus Co. (02) 6622 6266
Jim’s Alternative Tours 0401 592 247

Nimbin Visitor Information Centre
Nimbin, NSW 2480
(02) 6689 1388
(02) 6689 0183 - Fax


Wallers Bus Company

Friday 01/05/15

Bus leaves Lismore Transit Centre 2:30pm, 3:20pm, 5:30pm to Nimbin

Saturday 02/05/15

Bus leaves Lismore Transit Centre 11am, 12:30pm, 8pm to Nimbin

Bus leaves Nimbin Main St bus stop 11:45am, 1:15pm 8:30pm to Lismore

Sunday 03/05/15

Bus leaves Lismore Transit Centre 12:30pm and 6:30pm to Nimbin

Bus leaves Nimbin Main St bus stop 1:30pm and 7:30pm to Lismore

Monday 04/05/15

Bus leaves Nimbin Main St bus stop 7:50am, 9am, 12:45pm and 3:25pm

$7 each way no concession fares available.



Other sites that may be of interest: Timetable 2012.pdf

Campervan Rental - Wicked Campers


Just turn up. You will find a space to camp. The all year round places will be booked up, but there are camping areas that get opened up just for the MardiGrass. They usually involve paying a fee at the gate for however long you are staying. You don't have to book.

If you have other camping space available, contact us and get it listed here.....

In 2008, for the first time ever, the Nimbin Agricultural and Industrial Society (A&I) opened the showground for camping and parking for the MardiGrass weekend. The A & I don’t get the Government grants they used to get and urgently need funds to maintain the place. They can also help minimise the impact of so many visitors to the village over the big weekend. That was such a success they are going to keep doing it.

$100 per person

Includes $50 weekend MardiGrass Golden Bud Pass gives entry to all events Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Includes $50 for a campsite with toilets and showers for all or part of Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights

Extra nights camping $20 each (for early arrivals and late departures) Pay at gate.

Bookings are per person, not per vehicle or per tent.

If you are doing the Show-ground camping, just turn up at the Show Ground's gate in Cecil Street and identify yourself to get your pass/es and camping spot.

Showground open from Wednesday.

If you are just buying a pass, go to the Town Hall Information Booth on arrival to identify yourself and collect your pass/es.

Camping ground opens Thursday. If you want camping with hot showers arrive early. There will still be plenty of other camping, but with cold showers or none...

2015 MardiGrass tickets with Camping

The main reason to buy ahead is if camping is required, to guarantee a camping site with showers. Otherwise passes can be bought on the day from the information booth outside the Town Hall. You can't miss it.

Showgrounds Info

Grey Gum Lodge
2 High street Nimbin
En-suite rooms.
Email: Grey Gum Lodge
02 6689 1713
0408 663 475


RAINBOW RETREAT has a big camping space beside the creek with toilets and a kitchen. They are ten minutes walk from the village.
Rainbow Retreat is to the North at the end of Thorburn street.

International: +61 2 6689 1262

Australia: (02) 6689 1262


Border Ranges Centre (Wadeville Woolies) now has camping and a couple of cabins. They have a website

The rates per night are:
heaps of camping sites - $10/adult $5/child < 14
2 x queen bed cabin - $50/room
3 x 4 person bunk cabin - $20/person
8 x powered sites - $22/night

Teretre Nimbin Cabins

5 High Street, Nimbin NSW 2480, Australia

Postal address: PO Box 129, Nimbin NSW 2480, Australia

Tel/Fax: 02-6689 1908 (within Australia)

Tel/Fax: +61-2-6689 1908 (International)

Mobile: 0427 891 626



Nimbin Visitor Information Centre

80 Cullen St. Nimbin, NSW 2480
(02) 6689 1388
(02) 6689 0183 - Fax

2010 Bus Information

Courtesy of the Nimbin Visitor Information Centre

Timetables subject to change.
All transport arrangements must be confirmed & booked prior to travel.

Timetables/prices subject to change. All transport arrangements must be confirmed & booked previous to travel.

Nimbin Shuttle Bus Byron-Nimbin-Byron Daily

Tickets avail from: Nimbin VIC

Departs Nimbin 3pm Front of Nimbin VIC Arrives Byron 5pm 02 66 809 189

Greentriangle Byron-Brisbane-Byron Sat Sun Tue Thu

Departs 4.15pm Byron VIC Arrives Brisbane 7pm QLD time 1800 503 475

Gosels Bus Nimbin to Murwillumbah Mon to Fri (not public hols)

Departs: 9.00am Nimbin Visitors Centre 

3.30pm Nimbin Visitors Centre

Wallers Bus Nimbin to Lismore

Departs: 7.50am Bus Stop opposite Newsagent

9.00am Bus Stop opposite Newsagent

3.20pm Bus Stop opposite Newsagent

12.45pm (mon & thur only) Bus Stop opposite Newsagent

School holidays: 9.00am Bus Stop opposite Newsagent

3.25pm Bus Stop opposite Newsagent

02 66 226 266

042 825 528 

Premier Motor Service Sydney – Brisbane check public holidays 133 410


PM12 7 am Lismore Transit Centre

7.40 am Ballina

8.30am Byron Bay Tourist Info Centre Johnson St

9.20am cnr Murwillumbah turn off Countrylink Railway Station (on request) 

Arrives Brisbane 12.10am

PM14 10.30am Byron Bay Tourist Info Centre Jonson St (arr. Br 1.30pm)

PM42 11.00am Lismore transit Centre

11.40 am Ballina

12.20 pm Byron

1.20pm Murwillumbah (on request) arrive Brisbane 4pm

Greyhound Australia Sydney – Brisbane 7 days 1300 473 946


GX441 6.45am Byron Bay Tourist Info Centre Arrives Brisbane 10.00am

GX243 6.50am Byron Bay Tourist Info Centre Arrives Brisbane 11am

GX244 10.15am Byron Bay Tourist Info Centre Arrives Brisbane 2.25pm

GX245 12.05pm Byron Bay Tourist Info Centre Arrives Brisbane 2.45 pm

GX249 3pm Byron Bay Tourist Info Centre Arrives Brisbane 7pm

GX240 9.25pm Byron Bay Tourist Info Centre Arrives Brisbane 12.40am

CountryLink Train & Coach Services 13 22 32 (pre booking required)

Departures from Lismore are from the train station

171Coach Departs: 7.35pm Lismore Railway Station

Arrives 8.45pm Murwillumbah railway station

Arrives: 9.57pm Robina train station

165 Coach Departs 10.23 am Lismore 

11.22 am Byron Bay

12.50 pm Tweed Heads

175 Coach Departs: 7.33pm Lismore Railway Station

Arrives: 10.41pm Roma St Brisbane

173 Coach Departs 7.36pm Lismore Railway Station

Arrives: 8.19pm Byron Bay

Arrives: via Pottsville, Kingscliff, arriving Surfers 10.10pm 

Byron Easy Bus Byron Bay/GoldCoast/Brisbane/Ballina Airports

02 66 85 7447

0421 606 509

The Mountain Coach Gold Coast-Byron-Nimbin 07 5524 4249 

Departs Nimbin 3pm Wednesdays 0412 752 780

Daily buses from Murwillumbah to Coolangatta depart hourly until approx. 6pm

Surfside bus lines 07 5571 6555

Murwillumbah Visitor Centre 1800 674 414 

J & B Coaches

Byron bay to Surfers departs Byron 10.30am 12.30pm

2.30pm 4.30pm

Surfers 5592 2655 AH 07 5577 3779 or 041 141 5628

Coolangatta/Byron Bay Airporter

0414 608 660 or  02 66 808726 or 073388 1523

Brisbane 2 Byron Express Bus

Includes airports at Gold Coast & Brisbane

Departs Byron 11am 4pm

Sunday 4pm 1800 626 222

Magic Bus - (02) 66843078

MardiGrass Timetable

Friday, Saturday & Sunday * Departs Byron Bay 9:30am * Departs Nimbin 5:00pm



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