Nimbin has a history 'unlike any other place'
THE Nimbin Soundtrail has officially been launched to give visitors and tourists a unique window into the history, culture and people of the village.
The Nimbin Soundtrail, launched by Lismore City Council, is an immersive audio experience that enables visitors to learn about Nimbin both pre and post-Aquarius Festival through their smartphone or iPad.
Tourists are are able to download the app for free from the Nimbin Visitor Information Centre and the GPS technology will guide them to 18 'story sites' throughout Nimbin village.
Created by audio documentary producer Jeanti St Clair, the Nimbin Soundtrail includes stories, music, anecdotes and historic photos that bring to life the fascinating story of Nimbin.
"In our technology savvy world, the Nimbin Soundtrail is a great way for tourists to download the kind of historical and cultural information they want straight to their devices," Lismore City Council Visitor Services Coordinator Andrew Walker said.
Mr Walker said that for the tens of thousands of people who visit Nimbin each year, the history of the village and how the Aquarius movement began holds great interest.
"Visitors come to visit Nimbin from halfway across the world. That's because Nimbin has a history unlike any other place," he said.
"It was a certain time and a certain political mood that birthed the Aquarius Festival and attracted an influx of university students and hippies that wanted to live differently.
"Many locals were shocked by the newcomers' nudity and free-living lifestyle but appreciated the new energy and the money that came to Nimbin.
"After the festival, a few intrepid souls stayed on to continue the Aquarian dream and sow the seeds for today's innovative and sustainable community.
"From Dreamtime to farming time to Aquarius time, the Nimbin Soundtrail is a sonic journey through the heart of Australia's most famous alternative lifestyle destination."
To access the Nimbin Soundtrail download the 'Soundtrails' app for iPhone or Android and look for Northern Rivers or visit www.visitnimbin.com.au.