About Lismore, NSW
Located in the heart of the Far North Coast of NSW, the Lismore region is known for its extraordinary natural beauty, relaxed lifestyles, amazing creativity and cultural diversity and thriving arts scene. Lismore tourism highlights are spectacular scenery and artistic villages.
The city of Lismore is easily accessible via the Bruxner Highway. It’s less than 200km south of Brisbane (a 2.5 hour drive) and 40km west of Byron Bay.
Nestled on the banks of the meandering Wilsons River, the vibrant city is the economic and cultural hub of the Northern Rivers region.
With a population nearing 50,000, Lismore provides all the shopping, dining, sporting facilities and major services you need.
Also housed within its green confines is the Southern Cross University’s 75ha Lismore Campus precinct, giving the city a youthful and cosmopolitan vibe.
Things to do in and around Lismore
When you have finished exploring the lush and lively city itself, take a day trip through the rolling hills and visit some of our characteristic hinterland and beachside towns and villages or go for a walk through spectacular rainforests.
Touring and day trip ideas:
- Discover Nimbin, the home of alternative living and imaginative thinking, just 25 minutes away.
- Spend a day at the popular beachside town of Byron Bay, only 40 minutes away.
- Follow the arts trail and visit wonderful galleries and artists’ studios.
- Take a leisurely drive along one of the touring routes to explore the countryside.
- Go bushwalking (anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 days) along a network of trails through three nearby national parks – Mt Warning, Border Ranges and Nightcap National Parks – and Tucki Tucki Nature Reserve.
- Visit other quaint villages nearby, including Bexhill, Clunes, Dunoon, Eltham, Rosebank, The Channon and Wyallah.
- Take a guided tour of the Koala Care Centre in Lismore.
- Enjoy a picnic or BBQ with spectacular lake views at Rocky Creek Dam.
- Visit one of the many farmers’, produce and community markets in the region.
Popular annual events
Byron Bay Bluesfest (Mar/Apr) www.bluesfest.com.au
Lismore Lantern Parade (June) www.lanternparade.com
Opera at the Channon (July) www.operaatthechannon.com.au
Byron Bay Writers’ Festival (Aug) www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au
XXX Gold Lismore Cup (Sep) www.lismoreturfclub.com
North Coast National Show, Lismore (Oct) www.lismoreshow.org.au
Tropical Fruits New Year’s Eve Festival (Dec/Jan) www.tropicalfruits.org.au
Find out more
Details of all these activities and events – and many more – can be found on the Visit Lismore tourism website: www.visitlismore.com.au
The Lismore Visitor Information Centre is located opposite the road from Karinga Motel, on the corner of Ballina Road and Molesworth Street, and is open 7 days from 9.30am to 4pm.
Whether you’re staying in the city or exploring the region, Karinga Motel is the ideal central Lismore accommodation to base yourself in. Check out our accommodation options.
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Anne.H - May 2014
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Kylie.G - May 2014