I’ve written here more than once of my sojourns to Nimbin, in Northern NSW. So I was somewhat distressed to learn this week that half the town, hippy capital of Australia (some would say the world), burned down in a suspicious fire.
The whole incident has proved pretty devastating for this alternative community, and home to one of my closest friends. However, luckily no one was hurt.
A couple of my favourite quotes from the locals:
â€œOur food was exceptional; our chips were made from real potatoes,â€
Rainbow CafÃ© (the hub of the town) employee
“I’ve been coming to this [hemp] museum every day for 22 years.â€
(Be warned – these profound observations could be the long term effect of smoking too much pot…just saying…)
Apparently one of the murals painted on the side of a building was done by Rolf Harris â€¦And painted over once his trial started.
Got to admit, the wooden buildings that are now gone and the murals with them, were pretty cool. I wish the folk of Nimbin well and hope they get what they need to get going again.
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Well I’m off to Nimbin next year, letâ€™s hope I come back un-charredâ€¦