A major town in verdant hinterland on the far North Coast of NSW, Lismore is a wonderful holiday destination. Home for many artists and performers, you’ll find a rich cultural life reflected in the number of art galleries, theatres, performing arts spaces and markets in and around Lismore.

Discover outdoor sculptures along the riverbank on the Wilsons River Experience Walk. A great way to experience the town’s galleries - and vintage and recycling markets on weekends - is on the Arts, Vintage and Retro Trail, a delightful walk that includes street art and the Lismore Regional Gallery.

Musicians, Molesworth Street, Lismore

Join the festivities for the Lismore Lantern Parade, held on or around every winter solstice, the longest night of the year. This brilliant event celebrates strong multicultural and community spirit with a spectacular parade featuring illuminated puppets, pyrotechnics, and music and fire art.

For fresh local produce, browse the weekly Lismore Organic Market. Volcanic soils in the Lismore region produce a range of delicious produce, including macadamia, avocado, stone fruit, blueberries, coffee, beef, pork and dairy. There are farmers markets in Nimbin and Blue Knob, too.

For precious stones and jewellery, enjoy the Lismore Gemfest in May. The town is also a great base for exploring World Heritage rainforest in the region, including Nightcap National Park and Border Ranges National Park. Accommodation options in Lismore and surrounds suit a range of budgets. 

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. Circa - Peepshow

    Friday 23 March 2018 to Saturday 24 March 2018 , Lismore

    Escape into the world of Peepshow, a thrilling new creation that infuses world-class contemporary circus with the nostalgia of bygone eras. Circa has performed in 39 countries to over one million people with standing ovations, rave reviews…

    23 Mar - 24 Mar
  2. Geoff Harvey: Dogged

    Friday 23 March 2018 to Sunday 01 April 2018 , Lismore

    Geoff Harvey is a Sydney based artist who has been a practicing artist for over forty years. His practice moves across the disciplines of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, collage, assemblage and sculpture. He has exhibited widel…

    23 Mar - 01 Apr
  3. Penny Evans: Death to a Stereotype

    Friday 23 March 2018 to Sunday 15 April 2018 , Lismore

    Ceramic and mixed media wall pieces exploring women as carriers of culture, history and information which also pick away at stereotypes and their uneasy history and continuing treatment of Aboriginal Australians.…

    23 Mar - 15 Apr
  4. Beguile: European Masters: 17th-20th Century

    Friday 23 March 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…

    23 Mar - 06 May
  5. Eric Clapton Life in 12 Bars

    Friday 23 March 2018 , Lismore

    Directed by Oscar-winner Lili Fini Zanuck (Rush, Driving Miss Daisy), is an unflinching and deeply personal look into the life of legendary 18-time Grammy winner Eric Clapton. Told through his own words and songs, it is a moving and surpr…

    23 Mar