Lismore arts trail

Explore the Lismore area’s arts trail for fine galleries, evocative street art and fun festivals. You’ll be amazed with what you find, from paintings by Margaret Olley, Lloyd Rees and Albert Namatjira at the Lismore Regional Gallery to watching Aboriginal artists create works at the Jambama Art Gallery.

Lismore is by the beautiful Wilsons River, in the Northern Rivers region on the far NSW North Coast. The vibrant hinterland city is near UNESCO World Heritage rainforest in magnificent national parks and within easy reach of the beautiful beaches and surf breaks of Evans Head and Byron Bay.

An artist spray paints a laneway wall of the Back Alley Gallery, Lismore

Begin your discovery in the Lismore Regional Gallery, where you’ll be delighted with the permanent collection of works by famous Australian artists, including local born Margaret Olley. There are regular exhibitions and you can savour delicious food in the Slate Cafe, the cosy gallery cafe.

The Arts, Vintage and Retro Trail is an enchanting way to visit galleries such as the public gallery, the Serpentine Gallery and the Alan Ussher Glassblowing Studio. Wander down laneways and discover the vivid street murals and graffiti art of the Back Alley Gallery - more than 25 artists are featured.

Along the riverbank on the Wilsons River Experience Walk are sculptures, art installations and interpretative panels of local Aboriginal and colonial history. Bring a picnic hamper and relax in the pretty reserve by the river, where you’ll find picnic shelters, barbecue facilities and other amenities.

People relax under a colourful tent at Channon Craft Market, near Lismore

Check out the exciting events calendar for exhibitions, performances and markets in Lismore and surrounds. The Lismore Lantern Parade Festival celebrates art and community, with illuminated puppets and fire art. The Channon Craft Market is one of Australia’s oldest arts and crafts markets.

At the Jambama Art Gallery in Casino, 30 minutes’ drive southwest of Lismore, you can watch Aboriginal artists at work in the on-site studio and browse their creations. Nearby is the Richmond Range National Park, which is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.

North of Lismore is more World Heritage rainforest and the alternative lifestyle centre Nimbin, where murals decorate timber buildings on the main street. Pop into the Nimbin Artists Gallery, the Nimbin Craft Gallery and the Brush Off Art Gallery. North of here is the Blue Knob Gallery and Cafe.

Lismore Regional Airport

Fly into Lismore Regional Airport

Lismore Regional Airport is located 4km 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.

Lismore area galleries and museums

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