Lismore is a relaxed and vibrant city located in the heart of the
Northern Rivers, just 40 kilometres inland
from Byron Bay.
With a population now over 46,000, Lismore is the commercial
and cultural hub of the Northern Rivers
where you’ll discover
an abundance of arts and crafts, vibrant theatre, interesting
events, live music, world heritage listed national parks, historic
attractions, lush rainforests and plenty of unique places to stay.
Lismore’s colourful and lively events take centre stage, including
the annual Lantern Parade, Biennial
Masters Games, Tropical
Fruits New Years Eve Party and the 4WD Caravan, Camping
and Marine Show. NORPA, internationally renowned performing
arts group, offers a full program of exciting theatre and dance productions.
Entertainment happens year round with pubs and clubs
supporting a thriving live music circuit and Lismore has a
reputation as a nursery for some of Australia’s most exciting and
Lismore’s historic city centre shopping precinct houses an
amazing array of fabulous and fascinating boutiques, antique and curio shops, arts and crafts and lots of captivating cafés and
You’ll find organic produce at the weekend markets and at
Lismore’s fully-certified organic market every Tuesday morning.
Historic villages blend traditional rural living with an eclectic,
Lismore and the surrounding hills are alive with creativity,
and there are, quite possibly, more actors, artisans, buskers,
dancers, divas, filmmakers, musicians, painters, potters and
performers, per capita, than anywhere else in the country.
Many of the region’s World Heritage listed rainforests and
National Parks are within easy reach of Lismore. Lush rainforests
shroud the hills of the Border Ranges and Nightcap National
Park, while spectacular waterfalls cascade into clear mountain
pools and streams.
Pick up a touring map from the Visitor Centre before you head
out on your scenic drive of the villages and national parks
surrounding Lismore. The most famous of these villages is of
course Nimbin, the alternative lifestyle capital and home to a
thriving community of gifted artisans. View local art & crafts
at the Artist’s Gallery and the Craft Gallery, and for gardening
enthusiasts a visit to Djanbung Gardens Permaculture Education
Centre is a must. See alternate uses for the hemp plant at the
Hemp Embassy and Nimbin’s history at the outrageous Nimbin
Museum. If you’re interested in renewable energy, don’t miss the
Rainbow Power Company, or visit the Nimbin Candle Factory to
see candle making the 13th Century way.
Lismore’s diversity extends to its accommodation options, with
everything from B&Bs, hinterland retreats and city-style motels to
caravan and camping facilities.
In the heart of the Northern Rivers, just 30 minutes’ drive from
the stunning beaches of Byron Bay and Ballina, Lismore has so
much more than you ever imagined.
- immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Nightcap National
- stroll through the local markets, sampling organic produce and
- discover one of our lovely historic pubs located in scenic
- visit the Lismore Regional Art Gallery and Richmond River
- check out the colours and characters of the world famous
village of Nimbin
- explore the galleries of our local artists with our Arts Trail
- see a live theatrical performance
- sample the local fare in a city café
- visit heritage park, take a miniature train ride - the kids’ll love it!
- indulge in a little retail therapy – Lismore style
- picnic, bbq or take a hike – savour the quiet moments in a
world heritage rainforest
- discover something special in Lismore’s (and Nimbin’s)
amazing, quirky and delightful