Lismore Area

Discover wonderful attractions in the beautifully diverse Lismore area, from rainforest walking tracks and lovely beaches to a fabulous arts trail and a large koala population. There are amazing lookouts and towering waterfalls, and in picturesque riverside towns are fun festivals, markets and galleries.

Lismore is at the heart of this Northern Rivers region, on the far NSW North Coast. You’ll be thrilled with the vibrant arts and music scene in the hinterland city. The ocean beaches and tasty seafood of Evans Head and the stunning UNESCO World Heritage-listed national parks are all within easy reach.

Aerial view of Evans River break walls and estuary, Evans Head

Getting to Lismore is easy. The drive south from Brisbane is about 2h 40min and north from Sydney is eight hours – best split into several days. Or fly into Lismore Airport and rent a car. Trains from Sydney and Brisbane also stop regularly in Lismore and surrounds, including Casino and Kyogle.

Kyogle, northwest of Lismore, is a gateway to several splendid national parks in the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. You can visit nation-building railway heritage, too. The historic Border Loop – the first standard gauge railway to link Sydney and Brisbane – opened in 1930.

Casino, southwest of Lismore, is known as the beef capital. The town’s heritage includes a large number of Art Deco buildings. West of here is the pretty Cambridge Plateau scenic drive, which winds north along a ridge and through rainforest in the magnificent Richmond Range National Park.

A couple and their VW kombi at Nimbin Rocks, Nimbin

Nimbin is a colourful alternative lifestyle destination north of Lismore. The heritage streetscape on Cullen Street is dotted with timber buildings adorned with vivid murals. The small town is near Nightcap National Park, where the Protesters Falls is named after anti-logging rallies in 1979.

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

Lismore Regional Airport

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.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Lismore Organic Market

    Tuesday 18 December 2018 to Tuesday 22 January 2019 , Lismore

    The Lismore Organic Market is a weekly market committed to providing local organic produce, reducing the carbon footprint. Stallholders have travelled an average of 20 kilometres rather than at least 1000 kilometres you would expect from…

    18 Dec - 22 Jan
  2. The Wonders of the Hannah Cabinet

    Wednesday 19 December 2018 to Wednesday 06 February 2019 , Lismore

    The Hannah Cabinet is Geoff Hannah’s masterpiece and was made over a six year period using 34 different Australian and international timbers, four species of shell and 17 varieties of precious stone with extensive marquetry inlays on 18…

    19 Dec - 06 Feb
  3. Nimbin Farmers Market

    Wednesday 19 December 2018 to Wednesday 25 September 2019 , Nimbin

    The Nimbin Farmers' Market is held each Wednesday afternoon from 3pm. A great opportunity to buy fresh produce with very limited food miles, including bread, meat, vegetables, tofu, cheeses, and other seasonal fruit and veges. All produce…

    19 Dec - 25 Sep
  4. Eltham Valley Pantry Private Dining Experience

    Wednesday 19 December 2018 to Saturday 03 August 2019 , Lismore

    Enjoy an intimate breakfast or lunch at a private table set in a pecan plantation in the picturesque Eltham Valley. This stunning property offers local produce and a French-style breakfast of freshly baked croissants, petite Danish…

    19 Dec - 03 Aug
  5. Lismore Produce Markets

    Thursday 20 December 2018 to Thursday 14 February 2019 , Lismore

    The Lismore Produce Market is held in the heart of Lismore's central business district with around 30 stalls selling 100 per cent locally grown seasonal goods. Stalls include produce, seedlings, handmade cosmetics, cleaning products,…

    20 Dec - 14 Feb
  6. Buns and Hops

    Friday 21 December 2018 to Friday 02 August 2019 , Lismore

    Every week The Bank Cafe welcomes fantastic artists to entertain Lismore. Offering 16 tasty craft beers, loads of burgers, live music and bookings are welcomed.…

    21 Dec - 02 Aug