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Last Update: May 2, 2016 3:22 AM



Rainforest Paradise

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.

Transport Options
The Nimbin Shuttle.
Tickets from the Nimbin Visitor Information Centre. $15 one way to Byron. The bus leaves from outside the Oasis Cafe daily at 3pm.

During Mardi Grass the ticket price is increased and the Nimbin Shuttle timetable is different. There are extra services at different times and the bus leaves from different locations. It is best to speak to Mick who manages the Nimbin Shuttle for information regarding the Nimbin Shuttle Mardi Grass timetable. The last couple of years we have not sold tickets for the Nimbin Shuttle at the Nimbin Visitors Centre during Mardigrass. (I am not sure what the arrangement will be this year yet. We will know closer to the date if we will sell tickets or not.)

Nimbin Shuttle Phone: 0413 217 153


Gosels Bus Nimbin to Murwillumbah Mon to Fri only (not public hols)
Departs: 9.00am Nimbin Oasis Cafe
3.30pm Nimbin Oasis Café
Wallers Bus Nimbin to Lismore Additional Services often run during Mardigrass contact Wallers for more information
Mon to Fri only (not public hols) 02 66 226 266
Departs: 7.52am Bus Stop opposite Newsagent
9.00am Bus Stop opposite Newsagent
3.25pm Bus Stop opposite Newsagent
12.45pm (Mon & Thur only) Bus Stop opposite Newsagent
4.25pm Bus Stop opposite Newsagent
6.05pm Bus Stop opposite Newsagent

School holidays: 9.00am Bus Stop opposite Newsagent
12.45pm (Mon & Thur only) Bus Stop opposite Newsagent
4.25pm Bus Stop opposite Newsagent
6.05pm Bus Stop opposite Newsagent

Boomerang Bus Charter Bus This is a good option during Mardigrass for emergency transport.
Mark runs a friendly service between Nimbin and Byron Bay during Mardigrass. Phone Mark direct: 0429 461 342

Nimbin - Surfers/Brisbane


Premier Motor Service Sydney – Brisbane check public holidays 133 410
(pre booking required) Departs:
PM12 7.15 am Lismore Transit Centre
7.50 am Ballina
8.55am Byron Bay Tourist Info Centre Johnson St
9.45am cnr Murwillumbah turn off Countrylink Railway Station (on request)
Arrives Brisbane 12.20pm

PM42 10.45am Lismore transit Centre
11.25 am Ballina
12.10 pm Byron
1.15pm Murwillumbah (on request) arrive Brisbane 4pm

Greyhound Australia Sydney – Surfers – Brisbane 7 days 1300 473 946 (pre booking required)
Departs: 84 Jonson St Byron Bay

GX243 6.50am 84 Jonson St B Bay, Cool 8.35am, Arrives Surfers 9.20am/Brisbane 11am
GX244 10.25am 84 Jonson St B Bay Arrives /Surfers 1.15pm/Brisbane 2.30pm
GX248 1.30pm 84 Jonson St B Bay Express to Brisbane airport arrives 3.40pm, Roma St Bris 4pm
GX240 3.00pm 84 Jonson St B Bay Surfers Paradise 5pm/ Brisbane 6.15pm/Bris Airport 6.55pm
GX246 4pm 84 Jonson St B Bay Arrives Surfers 5.45pm/Brisbane 7pm

NSW TrainLink (formerly CountryLink) Train & Coach Services 13 22 32 (pre booking required)
Departures from Lismore are from the train station or Lismore transit centre, specify when booking.

161 Coach Departs: 3.02am Lismore Railway Station
Arrives: 5.48am Tweed Centro

165 Coach Departs 9.02 am Lismore
10.02 am Byron Bay
11am Murwillumbah
Arrives 11.30 am Tweed Heads

167Coach Departs 7.40pm Lismore Railway Station
8.42pm Byron Bay
9.54pm Murwillumbah
10.27pm Tweed Heads PTO
NSW TrainLink continued Train & Coach Services 13 22 32 (pre booking required)

171Coach Departs: 7.33pm Lismore Railway Station
Arrives 8.48pm Murwillumbah railway station
Arrives: 10.00pm Robina train station

175 Coach Departs: 7.33pm Lismore Railway Station
Arrives: 10.34pm Roma St Brisbane

173 Coach Departs 7.36pm Lismore Railway Station
Arrives: 8.22pm Byron Bay
Arrives: via Pottsville, Kingscliff, arriving Surfers 10.13pm

Byron Easy Bus Daily Return service to Byron Bay/GoldCoast/Brisbane CBD & Airport/Ballina Airports
02 66 85 7447 0421 606 509
(last winter service to Brisbane departs Byron 1.15pm 7days) (approx. $58 to Brisbane airport)
Departs from Casino, Lismore, Bexhill, Clunes, Bangalow & Byron Bay. Several services a day.
Departs Lismore Transit Centre 9.10am & 3.10pm & also picks up from Lismore Southern Cross University.
Byron Bay to Gold Coast Airport: 5.45am, 7.15am, 8.15am 10.15am 1.15pm 4.15pm. Fri & Sun 6.15pm
Byron Bay to Brisbane Airport: 5.45am, 8.15am, 10.15pm, 1.15pm, 4.15pm, Eastern Standard times
Byron Easy Bus meets Jetstar & Virgin Blue flights at Ballina Airport and has various schedules to local villages available on their website. www.byronbayshuttle.com.au/

Surfside bus lines 07 5571 6555
Daily buses from Murwillumbah to Coolangatta depart hourly until approx. 6pm
For more information call Murwillumbah Visitor Centre 1800 674 414

Byron Bay – Surfers Paradise Express Services to Gold Coast Airport 0418 364 364
Last service departs Byron Bay 4.30pm approx. $30 www.byronbayexpress.com.au/

Coolangatta/Byron Bay Airporter 0400 247 287 02 66 843 232
Services to Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore, Murwillumbah & Nimbin ($165 from GC airport to Nimbin). www.byronbayairporttransfers.com.au Byron Bay to Gold Coast airport $35 (8 to 10 services per day)

Byron Bay Airbus services Ballina/Gold Coast/Brisbane airports 0400 247 287 02 6684 3232
Services to Lismore and local coastal villages and Southern Gold Coast railway stations.
www.airlinkbyronbay.com.au ($38 from G Coast airport to Byron, $165 from Gold Coast airport to Nimbin).
Brisbane 2 Byron Express Bus 7 days 1800 626 222
Several daily services to Brisbane city & Airport www.brisbane2byron.com/

Byron bay Shuttle Bus Xcede Airport Transfers 02 6620 9200
info@xcede.com.au https://byronbay.xcede.com.au/
Servicing a wide variety of Northern Rivers locations to Ballina, Brisbane & Gold Coast Airports.

*DST Daylight Savings Time (UPDATED April 2016)



Other sites that may be of interest:

Wallers Timetable 2016.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 http://www.borderrangescentre.com.au

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

Email: info@teretre.com.au

Website: www.teretre.com.au

Self contained Studio with mountain and pool views , lush Bali type gardens with inground pool and stunning Bali hut for relaxing by the pool or meditation. Studio has own bathroom, kitchen for light meals and convenience. Sai Ram was established on 23rd November, 1982 as a healing retreat, and to this day it still provokes a feeling of tranquility and peace. Sai Ram Studio is set on 15 acres of beautiful gardens showcasing local flora, magnificent palms, staghorns, majestic bamboo stands and an abundance of bush tucker foods. Sai Ram Studio is a 50 minute drive from the Gold Coast airport through picturesque valleys and rainforest pockets, cute little villages. Travel along the M1, exit at Murwillumbah and continue on main roads. Sai Ram Studio is situated on Noble Road approximately 5 kilometres from the Nimbin road turning. only one hour to the very famous tourist attraction Byron Bay. Sai Ram is situated a short 5 minute drive from the very quirky, vibrant and joyful town of Nimbin known worldwide for the Aquarius Festival in the 70's, for the street vibe of buskers, footpath coffee tables, local characters, and visiting hippies from all over the world. We are blessed to call Sai Ram Accommodation our home also, so we are only a few steps away should you have any questions or requests.

Magic Bus - (02) 66843078

MardiGrass Timetable

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


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