Lismore Area


Wonderful attractions

From World Heritage rainforest, Richmond River platypus and beautiful beaches to farmers markets and art trails, the Lismore region is rich with wonderful attractions. Visit picturesque riverside towns, relax on white sandy beaches and explore spectacular wilderness.

  • Nimbin Rocks, Nimbin
  • Victoria Park Nature Reserve, Lismore

About the Lismore region

On the far North Coast of NSW, explore the meandering rivers, World Heritage rainforest and spectacular coastal national parks of the Lismore region. You’re also likely to encounter koalas in the hinterland, as the area has one of the biggest koala populations in NSW.

You can visit injured koalas at the Koala Care Centre in Lismore, on the banks of Wilsons River where you’ll find an enchanting walkway. The town has vibrant arts community, delicious cafes and restaurants, and you can taste fresh local produce at the Lismore Organic Market, held weekly.

Driving, Northern Rivers

From Lismore, take scenic drives to other popular towns and villages in the region, such as 30 minutes southwest to Casino for the Platypus Pool in the Richmond River and 40 minutes southeast to Evans Head, a seaside town with great beaches and a popular spot for fishing.

About 32 minutes north of Lismore is Nimbin, a colourful alternative lifestyle centre. The village is near Nightcap National Park, Border Ranges National Park and Wollumbin National Park, all part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.

Another charming town is Kyogle, called the Gateway to the Rainforests. On the banks of the Richmond River at the base of Fairy Mountain, Kyogle is about 40 minutes’ drive northwest of Lismore. Discover the natural beauty of Toonumbar National Park, a World Heritage area rich with Aboriginal history, and visit the Border Ranges, Nightcap and Wollumbin wildernesses.

You’ll find plenty of accommodation options in the region. Check out the events calendar when planning your trip for festivals and events, such as the Lismore Lantern Festival, Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup, Evans Head Fishing Classic and various agricultural shows and horse races.

Fly into Lismore Regional Airport

Lismore Regional Airport is located 4 km from Lismore town’s centre. Use the car rental or taxi services available at the terminal to make the short trip north. Lismore is also a gateway to Byron Bay, less than an hour’s drive northeast. Rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Regional Express operates more than 50 direct flights to and from Sydney weekly. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney to travel into Lismore.


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Local areas

  • Casino Casino is a thriving rural centre in the heart of rich agricultural country.
  • Evans Head Evans Head is a peaceful, coastal fishing village located on the banks of the Evans River.
  • Kyogle Set on the Richmond River at the base of Fairy Mountain, Kyogle is surrounded by spectacular natural beauty.
  • Lismore Lismore is a major North Coast commercial, cultural and administrative centre.
  • Nimbin Nimbin is set in a beautiful green valley pierced with limestone spires.