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 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.
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.
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.