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David in Nimbin

Nimbin Alternative Tours

Thursday, February 26, 2004
David is chilling out in the hippie capital of Australia.

Jim's Alternative Tours of Nimbin start with a 10am pick-up from your accommodation. His bus holds 30 passengers and has a great sound system.

The day's first spiel is at the Arts Factory, a Byron Bay institution. Then it's off to Nimbin, about 90 minutes away, with a break in Lismore along the way.

Once in Nimbin you can wander around for 90 minutes. Jim will point you in the direction of what to see.

The Hemp Embassy shows the practical ways the plant can be used, such as making cloth and rope.

The Rainbow Power Company is Australia's only self-sufficient factory. It makes energy from renewable sources such as solar power and sells it back to the grid of the local power company.

The Candle Factory is a colourful place where beautiful candles are made the old-fashioned way, by hand-dipping.

After the main stop, the tour heads for Paul Recher's Botanical Gardens, based on the principles of permaculture. Paul leads a tour of his 32ha gardens and gives you the chance to taste exotic fruit.

The last stop is Nightcap National Park, where the green movement got a first toehold in New South Wales. Cross a creek to a lookout, stand at the top of Minyon Falls and enjoy the view over the 104m drop towards the coast.

On the way back to Byron Bay, there's a food stop at a roadhouse. All along the way Jim imparts his considerable knowledge and history of the area.


Northern New South Wales


Jim's Alternative Tours cost $35 per person.
Please note prices are valid at time of filming.

More information

Jim's Alternative Tours
Ph: (02) 6685 7720

Qantas: 13 13 13

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