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.
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.