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. Casino Beef Week

    Tuesday 29 May 2018 , Casino

    The Casino Beef Week Festival is an energetic and vibrant show of united community. The festival runs for 11 days and has approximately 100 events. It is one of the region's most widely known and popular festivals with around 26,000 peo…

    29 May
  2. Yoga with Maz

    Tuesday 29 May 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…

    29 May - 27 Sep
  3. Lismore Organic Market

    Tuesday 29 May 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 mo…

    29 May - 22 Jan
  4. The Wonders of the Hannah Cabinet

    Wednesday 30 May 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 doo…

    30 May - 06 Feb
  5. Nimbin Farmers Market

    Wednesday 30 May 2018 to Wednesday 13 February 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 i…

    30 May - 13 Feb