In 1973 the Aquarius Festival, a cultural gathering of like-minded people held in Nimbin, changed the small village, and the surrounding region, forever. A ten-day music, art and cultural gathering of like-minded people who were at the forefront of the counterculture and alternative lifestyles movement in Australia, the Festival event planted the seeds for a new culture to emerge, a culture which valued and embodied many principles of sustainability. Unified by their passion for environmental conservation, sustainability, harmony and freedom, many of those who came to Nimbin for the festival stayed on, purchasing cheap land and setting up communal living arrangements on large, shared properties. That tradition and those values survive to this day and serve to make Nimbin the special place that it is.

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