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Day trips from Byron Bay: Nimbin & Mullumbimby

While Byron Bay is a town rich with white sand beaches, trendy eateries and vibrant coastal culture, nearby Nimbin and Mullumbimby provide unique and intriguing escapes for travellers seeking a taste of bohemian charm and hinterland beauty away from the crowds. From weekend markets to chic bath houses and ancient natural wonders, these eclectic towns provide the perfect Byron Bay day trips.  

Join us as we venture further afield from iconic Byron Bay and immerse yourself in the colourful towns and tranquil surroundings of Mullumbimby or Nimbin.

Day Trip from Byron Bay to Nimbin

Nimbin is an inland enclave just over an hour northwest of Crystalbrook Byron. The town gained fame in the 1970s as a hub for counterculture and alternative lifestyles. Today, it remains a colourful and quirky destination, drawing in Byron Bay daytrippers with its authentic bohemian atmosphere. 

Things to do in Nimbin 

Nimbin Markets

Every Nimbin day trip should include a visit to the Nimbin Markets, a vibrant and eclectic hub of creativity and local craftsmanship. Held on the last Sunday of each month, these markets are an excellent opportunity to explore the town's artistic spirit and support local artisans.

Stroll through the market stalls, where you'll find an array of handmade goods, organic produce, alternative clothing, recycled inventions, jewellery, and much more. Engage with friendly vendors and learn about the stories behind their unique creations. From tie-dye clothing to handcrafted souvenirs, the Nimbin Markets offer a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind items that reflect the town's bohemian vibe.

A Man And Woman Standing at Nimbin MarketsImage Credit: Destination NSW

Nimbin Rocks: Ancient Landmarks and Aboriginal Heritage

For a dose of natural wonder and a journey into the past, a visit to Nimbin Rocks is a must. These volcanic extrusions of Rhyolite are remnants of the Mount Warning Tweed Volcano that erupted 20 million years ago. The ancient rocks, located 3 km south of Nimbin village, are significant landmarks with deep cultural and spiritual significance to the local Bundjalung people. 

The area around Nimbin Rocks is known as a sacred site of initiation and men's business, so access is restricted to the public. However, you can check out the rocks from the nearby viewing area while soaking up the serene views of the surrounding countryside.

Nimbin RocksImage Credit: Destination NSW

Djanbung Gardens: An Eco-Paradise

For those seeking a more sustainable and holistic experience, Djanbung Gardens is a hidden oasis that offers insights into permaculture and sustainable living. Founded by renowned environmental educator Robyn Francis, this lush garden showcases innovative approaches to gardening, design, and living in harmony with nature.

Byron Bay daytrippers can embark on a guided tour of the gardens and gain valuable knowledge about permaculture principles, organic farming, and regenerative practices. As you meander through the flourishing landscapes, you'll discover an abundance of native and exotic plants, organic produce, and natural building techniques that contribute to the gardens' sustainable charm.

Day Trip from Byron Bay to Mullumbimby

Mullumbimby, often referred to as "Mullum'' by locals, epitomises the tranquillity and laid-back vibes of the region. The quaint town is located less than 30 minutes from Crystalbrook Byron and is the perfect place to unwind and embrace a slower pace of life while enjoying an array of activities that celebrate Mullumbimby’s sense of community, wholesome living, and appreciation for nature.

Mullumbimby Landscape With Trees And HillsImage Credit: Destination NSW

Things to do in Mullumbimby

Mullumbimby Market: A Treasure Trove of Local Delights

One of the highlights of any day trip to Mullumbimby is a visit to the renowned Mullumbimby Market. Held every third Saturday of the month, this bustling market is a celebration of local artisans, farmers, and producers. Wander through the vibrant stalls, where you'll find an abundance of fresh organic produce, handmade crafts, unique artworks, and delightful treats. 

Enjoy live music as you meet market vendors, each passionate about their craft, and take home a piece of Mullumbimby's spirit. From eco-products and healing crystals to homewares, plants and retro clothing, the Mullumbimby Market offers an enchanting shopping experience that showcases the town's sense of community and commitment to sustainable living.

Mullumbimby Cafés: A Gastronomic Journey of Flavours

Mullumbimby's cafés are a testament to the town's love for wholesome food, organic ingredients, and creative culinary delights. Take a leisurely stroll through the charming streets, and you'll discover an array of cosy cafés that beckon with their inviting atmosphere and delicious offerings.

Indulge in freshly brewed coffee, artisanal teas, and a diverse menu of mouth-watering dishes, all prepared with locally-sourced and organic ingredients. Whether you're a health-conscious foodie, a vegan enthusiast, or simply seeking a comforting meal, Mullumbimby's cafés have something to tantalise every palate.

mullumbimby cafesImage Credit: Destination NSW

The Banya Mullumbimby: A Bathhouse Haven 

For a rejuvenating experience that nurtures both the body and soul, The Banya in Mullumbimby is a haven of wellness and healing. The stylish bathhouse features two large hot mineral pools, a marble-tiled pool, a wood-fired sauna, a steam room and a cold plunge. 

The Banya offers a range of rejuvenating treatments, including relaxation, deep tissue and pregnancy massages. After a steam, sauna and soak, step into the spacious dining area and enjoy a range of elixirs, healthy share plates, salads and nutritious staples.

A day trip from Byron Bay to Nimbin or Mullumbimby offers a delightful change of pace, allowing you to immerse yourself in the beauty of the hinterland and experience the laidback lifestyle of these hidden gems.

Where to stay in Byron Bay

With a stunning location within subtropical rainforest, luxurious Treetops and Rainforest Suites and 5-star amenities, Crystalbrook Byron promises an unforgettable stay in Byron Bay. Embrace the beachside bliss, indulge in gourmet dining experiences, treat yourself at Eleme Day Spa and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Byron Bay. With a prime location beside Tallow Beach, Crystalbrook Byron provides the perfect base for your Byron Bay day trips

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