Nimbin market is a thriving, colourful space where almost anything is on sale, and locals browse the stalls as an excuse to catch up on their socialising. Although it’s been happening for about thirty years, the market has recently been revived through a new dose of energy and is now a must-do for anyone touring Northern NSW.
Nimbin isn’t usually one of the stops on our itinerary. We drive straight through on our way to friends’ who live in the area, but it’s been a couple of years since we’ve visited Nimbin properly. However, after encouragement from friends who participate each month, we made the effort to park the bus and discover what all the fuss was about.
While so many markets are happening throughout northern NSW, Nimbin's have grown into one of the more interesting options in the region.
The market stalls spill around the colourfully-decorated community centre at the northern end of town.
Many of the stalls are offering used household items, and given the calibre of people who inhabit the Nimbin region, most of them are handmade with natural materials.
Spiral and my girls enjoy looking at the displays of crystal jewelry.
Books are lined up on the benches so customers can easily browse their titles.
Even within the more commercial stalls, there is an astonishingly variation of items for sale.
Homemade hoops are for sale.
A string of food stalls gives us options for snacks and meals. Most are vegetarian meals, but some meat dishes are offered.
Hellena sits and spins or crochets while talking to those who browse her artistic creations or coloured skeins.
A customer browses the balls of wool and selects the colours she wants for her hat. Hellena will finish it within a couple hours.
Almost everything is offered for sale — including snake oil!
I love wandering among the bright, colourful displays!
At one corner of the grounds, a large stage and PA system broadcasts live music performed by local artists.
It has a slow start but really picks up in the afternoon. Nimbin markets starts at 8am but doesn't really get going until after noon.
Each month, someone else brings a new idea to the market. Today, the Speaker's Corner was introduced to the community.
A few stalls spill out to the upper carpark near the public toilets. Brioni keeps returning here to purchase lucky dip packages for herself and her sisters.
The variety of stalls and the friendly conversations with the stallholders makes Nimbin markets a fun place to browse on a Sunday.
Market stalls stretch all up the street and are outside many of the shops in town, but the main market is located around the back of the community hall, opposite the Oasis Café.
The market starts packing up after 3pm, but the music continues for long afterwards with live jamming or drumming. It’s great as a casual day out for both locals and tourists, so if you’re planning on visiting Nimbin, I recommend timing your visit to coincide with market day!