Lismore Area

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.

Flock Cafe, Lismore

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.

Nimbin Rocks, Nimbin

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.

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. ANZAC Day Lismore

    Wednesday 25 April 2018 , Lismore

    Returned and Services League of Australia - City of Lismore Sub Branch ANZAC Day committee wishes to invite the community to Lismore's ANZAC Day March and Services, commemorating the fallen from Gallipoli and all other subsequent wars and d…

    25 Apr
  2. Beguile: European Masters: 17th-20th Century

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Sunday 06 May 2018 , Lismore

    Looking back at the greats of European art history one cannot help but be impressed by the mastery of the art, and captured by the artistic, social and political climate around which it was made. Lismore Regional Gallery is truly privileged…

    26 Apr - 06 May
  3. Yoga with Maz

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Thursday 27 September 2018 , Nimbin

    Join Maz for Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga. Vinyasa is the Sanskrit word for "flow", and vinyasa classes are known for their fluid, movement-intensive practices. Hatha yoga is a generic term that refers to any type of yoga that teaches physical pos…

    26 Apr - 27 Sep
  4. Autumn Arts Extravaganza

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Sunday 29 April 2018 , Nimbin

    The Autumn Arts Extravaganza is a major annual exhibition curated by the Nimbin Artist Gallery located within the School of Arts complex. The gallery is open daily and can be accessed from the main street next to the hall. During the exhib…

    26 Apr - 29 Apr
  5. Lismore Produce Markets

    Thursday 26 April 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, can…

    26 Apr - 14 Feb
  6. Lismore Farmers Markets

    Saturday 28 April 2018 to Saturday 02 June 2018 , Lismore

    Lismore Farmers Market is a fabulous place in Lismore to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables direct from the growers. There is plenty of parking as well as undercover shopping, kids entertainment including a bouncy castle, coffee, cakes and…

    28 Apr - 02 Jun