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. Blue Knob Farmers Market

    Saturday 24 February 2018 to Saturday 16 February 2019 , Lismore

    Blue Knob Farmers Market is a weekly market focusing on sustainability, particularly encouraging the growing and buying of local goods. This friendly market features a fabulous range of fruit, veggies, seedlings, wood-fired breads and…

    24 Feb - 16 Feb
  2. Dahila and Flower Show

    Wednesday 16 January 2019 to Saturday 16 February 2019 , Casino

    Come along and view the magnificent array of orchids on display from the passionate growers within the Richmond Valley at the annual Autumn Orchid Show. Held every year throughout Beef Week. View competition orchids, and buy pot plants…

    16 Jan - 16 Feb
  3. Eltham Valley Pantry Private Dining Experience

    Sunday 17 February 2019 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…

    17 Feb - 03 Aug
  4. Dahlia and Flower Show

    Event dates to be confirmed: February 2019 , Casino

    St Mark's Anglican Church are again holding the annual Dahlia and Flower Show. Starting at 8.30am and finishing at 12.30pm and there are a variety of stalls, cooking, sweets, produce, plants and raffles as well as the competition. …

  5. Lismore Organic Market

    Tuesday 19 February 2019 to Tuesday 28 January 2020 , 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…

    19 Feb - 28 Jan