Business Directory and Tourist Guide


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 innovative musicians.

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 eateries.

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, cosmopolitan culture.

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.

Absolute musts...

  • immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Nightcap National Park

  • stroll through the local markets, sampling organic produce and colorful crafts

  • discover one of our lovely historic pubs located in scenic villages nearby

  • visit the Lismore Regional Art Gallery and Richmond River Historical Society

  • 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
    shopping precincts

Ph: 1300 369 795

lismore visitor information Centre

cnr Ballina Road and Molesworth Street
Lismore NSW 2480

Ph: 02 6689 1388

NIMBIN visitor information Centre

46 Cullen Street
Nimbin NSW 2480