Lismore Visitor Guide 2017

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welcome 3 about 4 arts + culture


shopping + cafés + wellbeing


eats + treats


pubs + clubs


festivals + events


markets 15 villages 16 family fun


city of sport


history + heritage


short walks, tours + trails


regional map


natural wonders


scenic drives


transport 32 accommodation 33

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welcome Hello and welcome to Lismore – the heart of the Northern Rivers. We are lucky enough to live in an extraordinary part of the world that boasts beautiful attractions, country hospitality and a unique alternative culture. Our region is renowned for being a leader in sustainability and we celebrate and pay respects to our Bundjalung people, among the oldest cultures in the world, who have lived sustainably on this land for thousands of years. Lismore has some of the most biodiverse rainforests in Australia just a short drive away as well as our nation’s most famous alternative lifestyle capital, Nimbin, and character-filled villages and hamlets in the hills surrounding the city. You will find cottage industries and accomplished artists, delicious eateries, colourful markets and much more. In our city you can enjoy a range of topclass restaurants, pubs and boutique shops in our CBD, sit on the grass in our

new town square The Quadrangle and enjoy a local performance, or explore the amazing street art in our Back Alley Gallery, which has breathed new life into our inner-city laneways. Whether you are here for sightseeing, cultural experiences, sport, health, education, business, shopping or just to explore our region, please drop into our Visitor Information Centres, where the friendly staff can help you discover the very best of what Lismore has to offer. We hope you love Lismore, Nimbin and our villages as much as we do! Isaac Smith Mayor of Lismore Welcome to Bundjalung Country... The Aboriginal people of this area are the Bundjalung. This country is sacred to them and we urge you to respect their land, culture and beliefs.

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lismore+nimbin+villages Lismore, Nimbin and the villages


ancient rainforests cover the hills, ridges and valleys

of the Northern Rivers are like no other place in the world. Tucked away in the rolling hills of northern NSW, the region is renowned for alternative living, World Heritage national parks, extraordinary artists and gourmet produce.

Lismore is the dynamic and creative hub of the Northern Rivers, with a mix of quirky, cosmopolitan shops and an array of dining alternatives and fabulous food. The historic city centre houses an array of fascinating boutiques, antique and curio shops, art and craft emporiums, and lots of al fresco cafÊs and eateries. Lismore has a fully-certified organic market every Tuesday morning, a produce market in Magellan Street on Thursday afternoon and a Farmers Market every Saturday at the Lismore Showgrounds where you’ll find delicious fresh produce.

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There are handcrafted wares at the weekend markets both in the city and in the villages. Each village boasts a unique character and history, with galleries, specialty stores and fantastic country dining options for all travellers. Lismore is surrounded by rich agricultural land and this is reflected in the variety and abundance of fresh produce and awardwinning dining. From wood-fired pizzas with handcrafted beer to contemporary Asian and innovative organic cuisine, the region comes to you on a plate. The Northern Rivers is renowned as one of Australia’s largest coffee-growing centres and the home of the macadamia. The area is famous for its gourmet cuisine, with worldwide exports of avocados, tropical and stone fruits, blueberries, pecans, herbs and organic produce, finger limes, goats cheeses and lemon myrtle


along with beef, pork and dairy. It’s also a centre of sport, with dozens of sporting facilities bursting with activity each weekend as well as special events, national and international fixtures and an amazing variety of sports. Entertainment abounds with live music in the city’s pubs and clubs. Lismore is a nursery for some of Australia’s most exciting and innovative musicians. Just 30kms from Lismore is the village of Nimbin. Once a sleepy dairy town, Nimbin is now famous as a hippie destination and alternative lifestyle capital. Nimbin is fascinating with its mural streetscape and colourful characters. The main street has an abundance of cafes, craft shops, galleries and shops. Sit back, relax, soak up the colour and enjoy the unique creative charm that makes Nimbin a world-famous destination.

Drop into the Visitor Centre for locally produced gifts and souvenirs. Not far from Nimbin, you’ll find some of Australia’s most majestic and precious national parks and nature reserves, in the caldera of the extinct Wollumbin volcano. The parks are well maintained, with picnic areas and boardwalks that give access to our magnificent natural wonders, from ancient Antarctic beech trees to the rare and extraordinary Albert’s Lyrebird. The region also boasts a vast range of accommodation options, with everything from B&Bs, hinterland retreats and fourstar city motels to caravan parks and secluded campgrounds. Stay a while and, absorb the atmosphere... it’s quite possible you may never want to leave.

the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect with nature

arts+culture more actors, buskers, dancers, divas, film-makers, musicians, painters, potters, photographers and performers


Lismore’s cultural , idyllic climate and spectacular landscape has attracted and inspired creative innovators from all around the globe. The result is a dynamic and eclectic mix, with an extraordinary output of traditional, and alternative arts. There are probably more actors, buskers, dancers, divas, film-makers, musicians, painters, potters and performers per capita than anywhere else in the country. You’ll find their work on display at weekend markets, galleries, cafes, pubs and venues throughout the region. Our talented arts community is nurtured by progressive courses at Southern Cross University, North Coast TAFE and the Northern Rivers Conservatorium. Organisations such as Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA) and the Lismore Regional Gallery showcase the region’s creative spirit.

galleries & studios The laidback and colourful communities of the Lismore region, along with the natural beauty of the hinterland and rainforests, provide a stunning backdrop and inspiration to local and visiting artists. Lismore Regional Gallery presents an


energetic and thought-provoking program of exhibitions, music, artist talks, film, performances, workshops, kids’ events and sound art projects. The Gallery has relocated to an exciting new home in the Lismore Quadrangle, alongside the Lismore Library and Conservatorium of Music. Throughout Lismore and surrounds, there are scores of galleries and artists’ studios where you can meet our wonderful artists and take home a unique and lasting memento of the Northern Rivers. For more on Lismore’s busy arts calendar, pick up a copy, or download from the website, Lismore & Nimbin’s Arts. Vintage & Retro Trail.


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markets Each weekend, in at least one of the towns of the region, there’s a big, colourful market brimming with fabulous arts and crafts, second-hand bargains, locally grown produce and, lots more. A visit to the markets is a unique and highly rewarding day out. Check out our market calendar on page 15 or the online events calendar at

museum Visit the museum or take a walk around the city centre and explore Lismore’s many historic sites and buildings. Take a look at our short walks, trails and tours on page 24.

theatre For a dynamic playbill of live theatre and performance you can’t go past a visit to NORPA, a Lismore based performing arts organisation that creates, produces and presents cross art-form theatre from

its home at Lismore City Hall. NORPA is unique in that it is one of only a few theatre companies left in regional Australia that is creating and producing its own work.

the back alley gallery A visit to Lismore is not complete without a walk through the ‘Back Alley Gallery’. The back lanes of the Lismore City Centre have been transformed into a spectacular, larger-than-life gallery by talented local, national and international street artists.



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With over 80 stores we’ve got you covered with fashion, gift ideas, food and convenient services. Visit for store details and be kept up-to-date about what’s on all year round.

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from turntables and vinyl records to local designer fashion


shopping+cafés+wellbeing largest retail shopping precinct in the Northern Lismore has the

have everything you need for your home, lifestyle, children, garden or wedding.

Rivers. Its wide streets are lined with beautiful heritage buildings and the city centre has a relaxed country atmosphere.

There are antiques and old wares, secondhand books and sheet music, retro and curio stores. And, at the end of a hard day’s shopping, take a break in one of our many funky eateries or shaded sidewalk cafés to relax and rejuvenate.

There’s everything from designer clothes and homewares to organic produce and rare books. Local stores feature national brands and unique boutiques are full of one-of-a-kind finds. Arcades full of quirky shops offer all sorts of treasures and trinkets while specialty stores and shopping centres

The region’s ‘alternative lifestyle’ culture supports a rich ‘wellness’ sector, with an abundance of health-focused stores, markets and practitioners dedicated to your physical and mental wellbeing.

• Pick up a copy, or download from the website, Lismore & Nimbin’s Arts, Vintage & Retro Trail • Don’t miss Lismore’s Car Boot Market, held on the first and third Sunday of each month (get there early for the real bargains) • Enjoy air-conditioned comfort and everything you need under one roof at Lismore Shopping Square, with over 80 specialty stores, four major retailers, a food court and a huge range of services. • Stroll through the City Centre arcades to discover an array of quirky stores highlighting good old fashioned customer service.


eats+treats cosmopolitan

one of Australia’s largest coffee growing centres and home of the macadamia...

The culture of Lismore, Nimbin and surrounding villages has spawned an eclectic array of imaginative dining alternatives and fabulous food. Lismore offers everything from award-winning, wood-fired pizzas and contemporary Asian to innovative organic, vegetarian and modern Australian, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and awesome gluten and dairy free options. The Northern Rivers is a major coffeegrowing centre and a legion of skilled baristas keep Lismore’s café culture humming. The region’s orchards and plantations also produce an abundance


The original licensed retro diner-style cafe with a modern touch. Add good company, great food, a glass of wine and excellent coffee served from the heart.

Cafe/restaurant in a pecan orchard. Breakfast or lunch; alfresco dining. Homemade cakes and freshly roasted coffee. Family friendly. Bookings recommended.

What more could you want? 80 Magellan St Lismore,

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of avocados, tropical and stone fruits, macadamias, blueberries, pecans, herbs and organic produce, finger limes and lemon myrtle along with beef, pork and a variety of goat and dairy products.

cafes Lismore, Nimbin and villages’ awardwinning cafes and restaurants make the most of the region’s bounty, incorporating fresh local and organic produce into their menus. The many and varied eateries are sure to have something to tempt your tastebuds.

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Enjoy a locally-produced coffee in one of Lismore’s funky cafes or relax and unwind in the friendly atmosphere at Benchtop Espresso or the retro diner cool of the Mecca Café. Dragonfly Café’s pastries are amazing, Henry’s Bakery has freshbaked breads and treats, and Lismore’s legendary Pie Cart bakes pies on-site with mushy peas, mash and gravy.

restaurants Modern Australian à la carte can be found at The Loft Restaurant and the Richmond Hotel’s funky Miss Lizzies Restaurant or Terrace Bar.

Enjoy wood-fired pizza from Fire in the Belly, voted Australia’s best pizza! Let the scent of sweet spices overcome you at the Indian Mumtaj Restaurant or visit Cedar’s Bistro in the Lismore Workers Club for a hearty family feast. Experience the cosmopolitan delights of Flock, La Baracca, The Bank or Lavida. Be sure to pick up a copy of our latest Dining Guide from the Visitor Centre or you can download it from the website at

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Its a pub; it’s TWO restaurants; it’s a meeting venue, its a top spot, day or night! With two great bars, two wonderful restaurants and a café all with alfresco dining, plus a function room, the Richmond Hotel is a place you can relax with a favourite beverage, enjoy the company of friends over dinner, hold a seminar or just pop in for coffee and house treats anytime.

36 Woodlark St Lismore, 2480

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Miss Lizzies Lunch: Monday - Friday Dinner: Monday - Saturday

Lunch open 7 days Dinner Monday - Saturday

Front Cafe Breakfast & Lunch Monday - Saturday

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each hotel has a story of its own

If you’re looking for that authentic experience, we’ve got you covered. Lismore, Nimbin and our villages have plenty of historic country hotels and clubs. With their classic pub architecture and memorabilia, each has a story of its own.

Off the beaten track, take a drive and enjoy the hospitality at The Channon Tavern, the Dunoon and District Sports and Recreation Club, the Eltham Pub or the Nimbin Hotel. If you’re up for a little nightlife you will find a lively music scene with great live music and dance gigs.

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MUCH MORE THAN JUST A PUB! Newly refurbished, the Rous Hotel is now the ideal spot for a bite before work, a leisurely brunch, morning tea or a modern pub lunch or dinner. Our menu features traditional pub fare and a whole lot more. It includes scrumptious international dishes and our kitchen staff are committed to quality beyond ordinary ‘pub grub’.

Our new coffee machine pumps out fantastic coffee throughout the day. Our all-weather beer garden can be an open, airy spot in summer or a cosy room in winter. It’s a popular location for functions and special occasions. Reels Cocktail Bar & Lounge open Wednesday to Saturday from 5pm cocktails, tapas menu and craft beers.

Seniors can choose from three specially prepared meals for only $13.50 when they present their Senior’s Card. Lunch Monday to Sunday or dinner Tuesday to Saturday 6pm-9pm.


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Hotels host DJs, jazz, rock and blues or you can dance the night away at one of Lismore’s friendly clubs. Lismore’s Rous Hotel is a fine example of the modern country pub, with great value dining and a relaxed atmosphere. Check our online “what’s on” at the website for details.


Lismore’s family entertainment centres • Dining • Music • Entertainment • Sport • Conferences • Special Events

One membership - three fantastic venues

Workers Club 231 Keen Street Lismore • Sports Club 202 Oliver Ave Goonellabah • Golf Club 1 Barham St Lismore

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festivals + events

Lismore’s annual calendar is a smörgåsbord of and events celebrating our rich, vibrant culture. These events are as diverse as the region itself. From sports, food and lanterns to music, arts and agriculture, there is always something to celebrate.



Be sure to check the Lismore Regional Gallery, Norpa, Lismore City Hall and Lismore Speedway calendars for the latest event updates.


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Lismore Lantern Parade This award-winning festival lights up the streets every winter’s solstice with a magical parade, fiery finale and colossal street party. Viking Village Solstice Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of authentic village life. Watch warriors clash and bash and play in the fighting arena and games circle. Friendship Festival The Friendship Festival pays tribute to Lismore’s ‘friendship relationship’ with Conegliano in the Veneto of northern Italy, with a marketplace festival to celebrate the contribution made by Italian settlers to the district over the last 100 years.

Eat the Street Eat the Street is a one-day food festival that celebrates local and regional producers, manufacturers, vendors and restaurateurs and everything they have to offer in a vibrant street market environment.

Lismore Aviation Expo The Aviation Expo has a variety of aviation related displays, aviation education and careers displays, aircraft displays, joy flights (aircraft, helicopters and balloons), classic car display, emergency services display, market stalls, food vendors and children’s activities.




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Lismore Gemfest The largest gem, crystal, jewellery and fossil show in regional Australia. Nimbin MardiGrass A protest against cannabis prohibition, MardiGrass is a weekend held in the colourful village of Nimbin that includes comedy, music, presentations, forums, politics, art, and much more.

Outdoor Leisure Show All the latest in 4WD, caravan and motorhome vehicles and accessories plus boats, camping and outdoor living and travel destinations.

August Nimbin Poetry World Cup Hundreds of poets gather each year to perform at this fabulous event. Heats are held at cafes in Nimbin with the grand final on Sunday at Nimbin Town Hall.


September Lismore Cup Race Day The annual Lismore Cup Race Day is the feature race meeting on the Far North Coast and the social event of the year with a half-day public holiday in the Lismore region. Masters Games Held biennially, the Masters Games is a fun-filled, multi-sports event for over 30s with sports ranging from baseball and soccer to lawn bowls and golf. The Nimbin Show A traditional agricultural show with horses, cattle, poultry, wood chopping, dog trials, art, craft, fruit, vegetables and horticulture. It’s a sustainable farming expo, promoting natural farming methods and building technologies, with an opportunity to sample food and wares from paddock to plate.

December/ January Carols in the Heart Bring a picnic rug or blanket and enjoy an entertainment packed evening singing along to Carols. 
Activities include spotting Santa, face painting, jumping castles and an awesome fireworks display. Join North Coast locals at this free annual event and celebrate the Christmas spirit. Tropical Fruits New Year’s Eve Party A four-day festival hosted by the gay and lesbian community featuring a street parade, New Year’s Eve Party, Art Show and Cabaret, New Year’s Day Recovery and Pool Party.

market calendar


1st Saturday

North Coast National (Lismore Show) One of the biggest agricultural events in regional Australia featuring agricultural and industrial exhibitions, rodeo, circus, music and ring events, sideshow alley and heaps of fun for the whole family.

Lismore Vintage & Handmade Market Northern Rivers Conservatorium, cnr Keen St & Magellan St, Lismore. 10am-2pm

November Blue Moon Cabaret (March, September and November ) A wonderfully diverse array of the performance arts: comedy, poetry, music, dance ensembles, acrobatics and circus. The licensed events encompass an evening of fine food, wines and stunning entertainment that has developed into sell-out shows over many years.

1st Sunday Lismore Car Boot Market Lismore Shopping Square, Uralba St, Lismore. 7.30am-2pm 2nd Sunday The Channon Craft Market Coronation Park, The Channon. 9am-3pm 3rd Sunday Lismore Car Boot Market Lismore Shopping Square, Uralba St, Lismore.

4th Sunday Nimbin Market Nimbin Community Centre, Cullen St, Nimbin. Bangalow Market Bangalow Showgrounds, Bangalow. 9am-3pm 5th Sunday Nimbin Market Nimbin Community Centre, Cullen St, Nimbin. 8am-3pm

farmers’ markets Every Tuesday Lismore Organic Market Lismore Showground, North Lismore. 7.30am-11am Every Wednesday Nimbin Farmers’ Market Next to The Green Bank, Cullen St, Nimbin. 3pm-6pm Every Thursday Lismore Produce Market Magellan Street (between Carrington & Molesworth Sts) Lismore CBD. 2.30pm-6.30pm Every Saturday Lismore Farmers Market Lismore Showground, Nth Lismore. 8am-11.30am Blue Knob Farmers Market Blue Knob Café and Gallery, 719 Blue Knob Rd, Lillian Rock. 8.30am-12pm



there’s a great playground and plenty of nature walks


Dotted throughout the of the region are tiny, postcard-perfect villages just waiting to be explored. Each village has its own character, with antique and curio shops, galleries, pubs and cafés.

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bexhill (10k from Lismore) The view from the Open Air Cathedral makes it a popular spot for weddings or just a quiet place to sit and ponder. Bexhill’s tiny church attracts organists from Sydney and Brisbane.


The general store has the best homemade curries this side of Mumbai.

clunes (20k from Lismore) Once a staging post on the Lismore to Bangalow Road, Clunes is said to be the birthplace of the area’s dairy industry. There are some beautiful examples of federation houses and fine, early Australian church architecture. Clunes Local has great coffee and pizza and a friendly village atmosphere.

dunoon (20k from Lismore) 02 6688 6433

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Surrounded by endless rows of macadamia plantations, Dunoon is one of the largest Macadamia growing regions in Australia. It’s also the gateway

to Rocky Creek Dam, the major source of the region’s drinking water and one of the most beautiful picnic and barbecue spots around. Swimming and boating are prohibited but there’s a great playground and plenty of nature walks. If you prefer to dine in style, take the family to the restaurant overlooking the lush grounds of the Dunoon and District Sports and Recreation Club.

eltham (15k from Lismore) Just off the Lismore to Bangalow Road, in a picturesque valley, is the historic railway village of Eltham. You can hire the local court for tennis then pop across the road for a refreshing ale at the Eltham Pub, with real country hospitality and great pub food. Along Boatharbour Road is Eltham Valley Pantry, a restored farmhouse café on a working pecan and coffee plantation.

the channon (20k from Lismore) The Channon is home to the North Coast‘s original craft market and, after more than 30 years, their “make it, bake it or grow it” credo still stands. On the second Sunday of each month, thousands of people pour into the village to enjoy homemade cuisine and hand-crafted goods and be entertained by buskers.

With up to 250 stalls, it’s one of the biggest markets in NSW. The heritage listed the Channon Tavern. Popular with visitors and locals, the Tavern’s restaurant is open Wednesday to Sunday with delicious meals and crispy ales. Nearby is the World Heritage-listed Nightcap National Park, where the rainforest trail follows the palm-fringed creek to Protesters Falls, named after

the anti-logging campaign in the late 1970s which led to the declaration of the national park.

wyrallah (10k from Lismore) Downstream from Lismore on the Wilsons River, the village of Wyrallah was once a bustling port. Just south of the village, the Aboriginal Bora Ring at the back of Tucki Tucki Cemetery



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is a sacred ceremonial site for the Bundjalung people. Further down the road, the Tucki Tucki Nature Reserve is a koala haven that was planted in the 1950s by locals to preserve natural habitat.


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learn about our local koalas at the Koala Care Centre

World Heritage rainforests, beautiful parks and playgrounds, pools, roller skating, ten-pin bowling, walking trails, breathtaking lookouts and waterfalls, boat ramps, and jetties... Lismore is a natural playground. Here are just a few entertaining ideas: • Visit the Koala Care Centre for a selfguided tour (Monday to Friday, 10am and 2pm and Saturday from 10am - Rifle Range Rd, East Lismore) • Bushwalk through a National Park • Picnic at Rocky Creek Dam • Take a guided mountain bike tour • Explore the indoor rainforest replica at the Lismore Visitor Centre • Try roller-skating, putt-putt golf, ten-pin

bowling or our magnificent golf course • Toddlers will love Playquest Café & Play Centre with slides, ball pits and toys • Our four-cinema Birch Carroll & Coyle complex has all the latest blockbusters • Explore the riverbank’s story sites and learn about our rich river history • Be part of the Lismore Lantern Parade on the last Saturday in June! • Get a bird’s-eye-view over the region from Byron Bay Ballooning or Rotor Wing Helicopter tours.

Welcome to Lismore LISMORE Corner Keen and Zadoc Streets (02) 6622 4350

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parks & gardens Lismore has beautiful public spaces from formal gardens to rainforest reserves. You’re sure to find space to relax. Heritage Park – Molesworth St, Lismore Paradise for kids with lots of play equipment and a miniature railway. The train operates on Thursdays, weekends and school holidays. There are plenty of shady tables and barbecues. Wade Park – Anne St, Lismore A five-hectare park with swings, slides, picnic shelters, a wheelchair-accessible playground and bike tracks. Kadina Park – Ballina Rd & Kadina St, Goonellabah A great toddlers’ playground with climbing zone, shared bike and walking paths, a basketball court and football field. There are BBQ and picnic facilities. Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens – Wyrallah Rd, Lismore A beautiful rainforest garden showcasing species native to the area. Take a picnic lunch and look out for koalas snoozing in the trees. It’s great for bird watching too.

Nesbitt Park – Casino St, South Lismore Wheelchair and disability accessible playground including a wheelchair swing, outdoor playground equipment and a 1km, 3-metre wide walking/jogging track. There are also wheelchair accessible amenities with plenty of parking spots. Riverside Park – Victoria St, Lismore This wonderful park runs through the heart of Lismore. There’s a wharf, boat ramp, free BBQs, and a skate park plus an outdoor museum, bushfood garden, huge butter churn sculpture and stories of Lismore’s history. Rocky Creek Dam – Rocky Creek Dam Rd, Dorroughby Surrounded by Nightcap National Park, Rocky Creek Dam has wonderful picnic and BBQ areas and views of the dam and surrounding countryside. It has a platypus viewing platform, boardwalk, pontoon bridge and four beautiful walks. No swimming, however, as the dam also provides much of the region’s water supply.

Water park Entry by Donation

Mini Golf $5pp PLAYGROUND


‘The Grocer’ A Regional Food showcase

skate parks There are excellent skate parks in Oliver Avenue Goonellabah, Market Street Lismore and Sibley Street Nimbin.

253 Wardell Road, Alstonville Tel: 6628 0610

city of sport


Long renowned as a

city of sports

the rolling green hills are a favourite among cruising car clubs

, Lismore boasts a proud sporting history with magnificent grounds and facilities for small or major events. There are dozens of football fields and cricket pitches, baseball diamonds, a synthetic hockey arena, gymnasiums, tennis and netball courts, and racing, greyhound and speedway tracks.

Lismore’s car enthusiasts enjoy 4WD clubs and tours, auto expos and shows, and the thrills and excitement of the Lismore Speedway. The rolling green hills are a favourite among cruising car clubs and, on weekends, our winding country roads look like a mobile car show! The Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre has indoor heated pools, a water slide, toddlers’ pool and inflatables,

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• 25m Heated Pool • Learn to Swim • Waterslide • 24/7 SWITCH Gym • Group Fitness • KidZone Creche • Café & Coffee • Sports Stadium • Vacation Care

Phone: 6625 5370 | 50 Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah |

Make sure you check out our ‘what’s on’ calendar at… there’s a whole category just for sport!

barbecues and café, a youth centre, two indoor basketball courts a gym, a sauna and spin room. The Lismore Memorial Baths is a training and competition facility. It features heated 50m, 25m and beach-entry toddlers’ pools.

• Check out our local parks – we have excellent sporting equipment and outdoor facilities!

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Lismore Turf Club is the North Coast’s top racing venue. The Club’s race days are a great day out and September’s Lismore Cup is the highlight of the racing and social calendar. The Winning Post Function Centre is one of Lismore’s finest venues, specialising in weddings, conferences, corporate dinners and parties – promising quality at an affordable price. To find out more... call 0407 213 100 email or visit


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the river is sacred to the Widjabul, who view it as an old friend

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Lismore is home to the people of the Bundjalung Nation, a living culture with a continuous connection to place. The Wilsons River that runs through the heart of Lismore is the lifeblood of Widjabul Country, supporting ecosystems that have evolved over thousands of years. The river is sacred to the Widjabul, who view it as an old friend – always there in times of need with sources of nourishment to feed and look after the people. Through

this relationship, the river is seen as an important gathering place where shared learning takes place. Today, the Widjabul people share their ancestral lands with people from around the world who are drawn to the area’s richness and unrivalled quality of life. Farmers, hippies, healers, students, academics, entrepreneurs, artists, entertainers and business professionals – co-communities who are proud to call Lismore home.


To learn more… • Drop into the Lismore Visitor Information Centre and explore the Aboriginal, environmental and historic displays – it’s amazing! • Visit or call the Richmond River Historical Society on 02 6622 7094 • Take a stroll along the banks of the Wilsons River and explore the interpretive signage, bush food garden and a huge butter churn sculpture

• Pick up a Lismore Walkabout brochure and discover Lismore’s Historic Interest Walk, a self guided tour through the CBD. Follow the mosaic footpath plaques to discover quirky stories in iconic spots throughout the CBD

a mix of people from all around the world who are drawn to the area’s magical richness

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Take a walk through Lismore’s history and culture. From

Federation gothic cathedrals to a pub fit for a queen. This self-guided walk around the city centre explores Lismore’s many interesting historic sites and buildings.

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Commemorative Park (1995) Established during the ‘Australia Remembers’ program held throughout Australia.


War Memorial Baths (1928) Conceived as a living memorial to those who went to the Great War of 1914-18.


The Patriotic Memorial (1902) The district’s second oldest public monument. It originally stood outside the Gollan Hotel on the corner of Keen and Woodlark Streets where the roundabout stands today.


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Lismore Medical Clinic (1902) Built as a home and surgery for Dr Oscar Muller. The architect was Colonel F J Board who designed many of the heritage items in the civic precinct.

Lismore Municipal Building (1928) Former Council offices designed by Sydney architect William Gilroy. From 1991 the upper level has housed the Richmond River Historical Society’s Museum and Archives.

A stroll along the river walkway reveals an outdoor museum with interpretive sites, public art installations, native landscaping and parkland facilities all linking to create a unique setting for you to explore the historic, cultural, artistic and recreational fabric of life along the banks of the Wilsons River. 16 Fountain commemorating Formation of the first Lions Club Fountain presented to the City of Lismore to commemorate the formation of the first Australian Lions Club, in Lismore on July 1st, 1947 `17 Butter Churn Sculpture Hear stories from our dairy industry past. 18 Interpretive Sites A blend of Aboriginal and European history.


Lismore City Bowling Club (1914) The original Club was formed in 1907 and remains the oldest Bowling Club in NSW.

19 Dog Off-leash Enclosure Let your dog have a run while you picnic.


Band Rotunda – Spinks Park (1914) An outstanding Federation style bandstand, it was designed by Spinks Park architect FJ Board.The adjacent CWA Rooms and Croquet Club were built in 1928.

20 Aboriginal Bush Food Garden Learn about local bush foods.


Fire Station (1907) Designed by RR Jack, and when built, was the bestequipped fire station in the state outside Sydney and Newcastle.


Formerly the Lismore Regional Gallery from the 1950’s till 2017


Queen Victoria Fountain (1898) Originally stood outside the Gollan Hotel (refer 14), it was relocated to this site after The Great War and fully restored to its original design as a drinking fountain in 2004.


Lismore Post Office (1898) Designed by architect WL Vernon, it was a functioning post office until 1992.


Commercial Banking Co. Building (1936) For many years home to the National Bank following the 1981 merger.


Australian Joint Stock Bank Building (1876) Acquired by Temperance & General Mutual Life around 1910 (In 1891 Lismore’s first ‘Salvos’ meeting was held in the building opposite.)



21 Interpretive Site A blend of Aboriginal and European history.






Gollan Hotel (1934) Originally the Imperial Hotel (1890), it was rebuilt in 1934. Queen Elizabeth II spent the night here during the 1954 Royal Tour of Australia. Educational Buildings (1882) Originally Lismore PS, Lismore HS until 1969, then Lismore Teachers’ College. Today it is the home of the Conservatorium of Music. Lismore City Library is right next door.













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natural wonders

28 Lismore’s best kept secret.

Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens Just 3km from the CBD. Experience the region’s rainforest. Visit us 9am-4pm Monday to Sunday 313 Wyrallah Road, East Lismore. Self-guiding maps available.

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Lismore and Nimbin are on the doorstep of some of Australia’s


significant World Heritage listed

national parks offering easy access to walking trails, breathtaking lookouts and majestic waterfalls. Surrounding the ancient Wollumbin (Mt Warning) volcano are the natural treasures of the Wollumbin, Border Ranges and Nightcap National Parks and the last eleven remnants of ‘The Big Scrub’, the vast rainforest that once blanketed much of the region. There are idyllic camping and picnic spots throughout the parks and reserves and a network of walking trails that offer everything from gentle ten-minute strolls to two-day hiking adventures.

national parks border ranges Border Ranges National Park is a large area of wilderness that protects the rainforest and unique flora and fauna of ancient Gondwana. There are spectacular views, towering forests, 1000-year-old Beech trees, waterfalls, gorges and pristine rainforest walks. Just 48km northwest of Lismore (about 1 hour and 40 minutes’ drive).

highlights • The Pinnacle Lookout has views into the Tweed Valley and beyond • Blackbutt Lookout picnic area has views of a spectacular geological formation • Bar Mountain Circuit • Border loop walk • Brindle Creek Loop Walk picnic area

29 nightcap With easy access from Lismore and Nimbin, you can enjoy a picnic, bushwalk or overnight camping amid the park’s waterfalls and crystal clear creeks. Enjoy incredible views of the surrounding volcanic landscape.

highlights • Minyon Falls lookout – on a clear day there are views to the ocean • Minyon Grass picnic area – nestled in the shade of trees with a magic view of the spectacular 100m falls • Protesters Falls walk – a board walk, bush track and a little rock scrambling through lush rainforest that kids will love • Terania Creek picnic area – a familyfriendly area with barbecues and lots of birds and goannas

• Rummery Park campground – accessible for small caravans, campervans and trailers (bookings essential). For maps and detailed information on our national parks, weather, climate, and things to do, drop into the Lismore or Nimbin Visitor Information Centres or go to Other national parks and nature reserves you might be interested in include: • Bundjalung • Mebbin • Wollumbin • Booyong Nature Reserve • Tucki Tucki Nature Reserve

enjoy incredible views of the surrounding volcanic landscape

scenic drives


Bexhill, Clunes and Eltham


A scenic country drive taking you through the beautiful villages of Bexhill, Clunes and Eltham. It’s a great day out for a picnic, pottering through local shops and enjoying home-made cakes and fresh coffee. Driving time from Lismore and return with no stops is approximately an hour and a half.

• Nimbin Rocks, believed to be 20 million years old, is of great significance to the traditional Bundjalung owners • View traditional candle-making at the Nimbin Candle Factory • Djanbung Gardens Permaculture Centre is open for tours and courses • Rainbow Power Company – factory tours and demonstrations (bookings essential) • Hemp Embassy is where you’ll find alternative hemp-based products • Nimbin Markets are held on the 4th and 5th Sundays of the month • Blue Knob Hall Gallery & Cafe overlooking the Nightcap National Park.


an idyllic spot for camping or a picnic

• Bexhill Open Air Cathedral has an amazing view and is perfect for a picnic! • Clunes Local is a great coffee spot with lots of cakes and slices • Booyong Flora & Nature Reserve has a short circuit walk • Eltham Pub is a quaint country pub with a wonderful restaurant • Eltham Valley Pantry is a perfect place to stop for breakfast or lunch.

Lismore to Nimbin This full day tour will take you to worldfamous Nimbin’s fascinating and funky delights. There are so many things to see and do along this drive, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Make sure you check out the monthly market calendar for that extra special experience.

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Lismore to Rocky Creek Dam & Minyon Falls A beautiful full-day scenic drive through lush countryside, macadamia and coffee plantations with dams, waterfalls and wonderful walking tracks. Pack a picnic lunch or dine in at Dunoon and District Sports and Recreation Club!

highlights • Rocky Creek Dam is a favourite picnic spot with spectacular views and three walking tracks to explore. There are barbecue facilities, a children’s playground and you may even be lucky

enough to view a platypus from the elevated boardwalk • Dunoon and District Sports and Recreation Club’s restaurant • Minyon Falls plunge 100 metres into the deep, palm-shaded gorge. On clear days there are views to the ocean from the

waterfall’s edge, which is accessed from a wheelchair accessible platform • Rummery Park is an excellent spot for camping or a picnic • Nightcap National Park has sheer cliffs, lush rainforests and easy boardwalk access at Minyon Falls Picnic Area.

Byron Bay Ballooning flying daily over the Byron Bay and Lismore Hinterland

a full-day will take you to the village of Nimbin


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Lismore is a 2.5-hour drive from Brisbane and around 9 hours from Sydney from here to there... Ballina via Alstonville 32km Brisbane via Pacific Highway 198km via Summerland Way 206km Byron Bay via Bangalow 45km Casino 30km Coffs Harbour via Woodburn 205km Coolangatta via Bangalow 99km via Nimbin 112km Grafton via Summerland Way 132km via Woodburn 129km Kyogle 44km Melbourne via Hume Highway 1600km Nimbin 31km Sydney via Pacific Highway 736km via New England Hwy 856km Tenterfield via Bruxner Highway 158km

Between the rainforest and the sea in the NSW Northern Rivers – just 45km inland from Byron Bay and 100km south of the Gold Coast – Lismore is the cultural and economic heart of the region.

by car

with taxi and hire car services available. There’s friendly service, plenty of parking, free wireless internet, a meeting room and a spacious, air-conditioned terminal with refreshments, light meals and gourmet coffee available.

Located on the Bruxner Highway and easily accessed by car, Lismore is within a 2.5-hour drive of Brisbane and around 9 hours from Sydney.

by coach

by plane

by train

Lismore is serviced by Regional Express Airlines (REX) between Sydney and Lismore. Lismore Regional Airport is only a 5-minute drive away from the city centre

NSW TrainLink services are available from Sydney to Casino with a change over and bus from Casino to Lismore.

you get so much more from Lismore Rex and Lismore Regional Airport will treat you to the best in country hospitality and facilities on your next trip to the Far North Coast. From the time you board one of Rex’s 35 weekly flights between Sydney and Lismore until you’re sipping gourmet coffee in the air-conditioned terminal, everything will be just perfect. It’s all at your disposal in Lismore - award winning service, free wireless internet, car rentals and much, much more...

Several coach and bus operators provide services to Lismore from major centres throughout Australia and the region.


Accommodation in Lismore, Nimbin and our villages is as diverse as the region to itself, with an enormous suit all tastes and budgets. There are cosy caravan parks and camping grounds, funky backpacker hostels and delightful country farmstays, city-style motels, luxury cottages, historic homes and classic country pubs.


Whether you’re looking for a simple bed for the night or a luxurious hinterland hideaway, the friendly staff at the Lismore and Nimbin Visitor Information Centres can help. Or, browse the options at your leisure and book online at visitlismore.

caravan parks and camping grounds, funky backpacker hostels...


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lismore city accommodation

Dawson Motor Inn

Motel 25 Dawson Street, Lismore 02 6621 8100 HHHH

Karinga Motel

Motel 258 Molesworth Street, Lismore 02 6621 2787 HHHH

Lismore Lake Holiday Park Caravan Park 156 Bruxner Hwy, South Lismore 02 6621 2585

• Deluxe 4 star rooms • Standard 3 star economy rooms • Lap pool & 8 seater Spa • Free Foxtel TV & Wifi • Onsite Restaurant • Function Room • Specialising in coach & sporting groups

Beside the Wilson River with a beautiful rural outlook. Comfortable, clean and affordable cabins and camp sites. • Open plan, air-conditioned cabins with internal ensuite • Sleeps up to 6, double bed & 4 bunks • Well-equipped kitchenette • Free Wifi and off-street parking • Pet friendly, contact reception to confirm • BBQ, laundry, on-site caretaker

Elindale House

Lismore Centra Tourist Park

Bed & Breakfast 34 Second Avenue, Lismore 02 6622 2533

Caravan Park 60 Dawson Street, Lismore 02 6621 6581

Melville House

We offer warm and friendly hospitality. • First-rate facilities and affordable accommodation, only 5 minutes walk to CBD • 21 modern, clean, ground level units. Studio rooms, family rooms and Executive Suites • Refreshing salt-water pool and bbq • FREE Foxtel, Wi-Fi and Guest Laundry • Superb breakfast & dinner menu 7 days • Trip Advisor Voted #1 in Lismore



Elindale House is a 4.5 star B&B, offering luxurious accommodation and service in a quiet and convenient location. Elindale is across the road from St Vincent’s Hospital, and close Southern Cross University. • Free hot breakfast • Free Wi-Fi with evening meals • Spacious air-conditioned rooms • Elegant en-suite bathrooms


• Conveniently located in the heart of Lismore. • Close to shopping centre, hospital, restaurants & cafés • Powered and unpowered sites in a park like setting • Amenities block, laundry facilities and camp kitchen. • Senior and pensioner concessions available on application. • Dogfriendly (kept on leads within park)

Bed & Breakfast 267 Ballina Road, Lismore 02 6621 5778 HHHH

A spacious home with relaxing accommodation in a convenient location. The perfect weekend retreat and excellent value for money. • Variety of rates with a generous cooked breakfast • 17m swimming pool in landscaped gardens • Pet friendly • A home with both companionship and solitude

whatever you’re looking for, you can leave the footwork to us


villages accommodation

lismore city accommodation

Sisley’s Motel

Motel 111 Dawson Street, Lismore 02 6621 9888


Situated centrally to the Lismore CBD, Sisley’s Motel offers a comfortable, clean and friendly location for your visit. Kitchen and laundry facilities are available onsite. • Quiet, large fully serviced, air-conditioned • Family rooms • Spa suite • Off street parking • Wi-Fi • Breakfast and dinner available

‘belle la vie’ Bed & Breakfast

H H H H B&B Guesthouse 14 Dunromin Drive, Modanville 02 6628 2694, 0404 659 237

belle la vie B&B is a beautiful boutique B&B set in the Byron Hinterland, west of Bangalow and just 15 minutes north of Lismore. This truly lovely B&B offers travellers affordable accommodation in a luxury country stay environment and includes a delicious healthy breakfast with gluten and dairy free choices (vegetarian and vegan options available).

Dedicated to superior service, the Lismore Bounty Motel provides a sanctuary for the discerning traveller. The only HHHH (AAA Tourism rated) Halls Country Cottages

Lismore Wilson Motel Motel 119 Ballina Road, Lismore 02 6622 3383

Cottage/Self-Contained 188 Numulgi Road, Numulgi 02 6628 4101 or 0414 284 101


Close to the Hospitals, University, CBD and restaurants – the Wilson offers spacious newly refurbished rooms catering for all. • New reverse cycle split system air cons • 40 inch LCD flat screen TV’s • Pet friendly rooms by arrangement • Spa rooms and executive suite • Breakfast and evening meals daily

Comfortable and inviting self-contained cottages within 10 km of the Lismore CBD. Relax and enjoy the sprawling views of the rich countryside. A great vantage point from which to explore all that this region has to offer. • 1 and 2 bedroom self-contained cottages • Full kitchen facilities • Linen provided • Free BBQ facilities

motel in Lismore CBD, The Bounty offers contemporary accommodation and superb cuisine at the Lobby Café & Bar. Secure undercover parking and Free WiFi and Foxtel.

Pines on the Plateau

207 Molesworth St, Lismore 02 6626 0100

Cottage/Self-Contained 7 Converys Lane, Wollongbar 02 6628 1319 or 0416 281 365

Located in a private, peaceful rural setting with spectacular hinterland views • Boutique property with 2 beautifully appointed self-contained lodges set in lush tropical gardens. • Panoramic rural views. • Weekends, weekly or extended stays Away from everyone… close to everything


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the directory accommodation bed & breakfast ‘Belle La Vie’ Bed and Breakfast 14 Dunromin Drive, Modanville 02 6628 2694 or 0404 659 237 belle-la-vie Elindale House 34 Second Ave, Lismore 02 6622 2533 Melville House 267 Ballina Rd, Lismore 02 6621 5778

caravan parks Lismore Centra Tourist Park 60 Dawson St, Lismore 02 6621 6581 Lismore Lake Holiday Park 156 Bruxner Hwy, South Lismore 02 6621 2585



Dawson Motor Inn 25 Dawson St, Lismore 02 6621 8100 Karinga Motel 258 Molesworth St, Lismore 02 6621 2787 Lismore Wilson Motel 119 Ballina Rd, Lismore 02 6622 3383 enquiries@lismorewilsonmotel. The Lismore Bounty Motel 241 Keen St, Lismore 02 6622 7622

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Shiban’s New Olympic Motel 244 Molesworth St, Lismore 02 6621 9900 Sisley’s Motel 111 Dawson St, Lismore 02 6621 9888

retreat Havan’s Ecotourist Retreat Lot 1, Lawler Road, The Channon 02 6688 6108

self contained Halls Country Cottages 188 Numulgi Rd, Numulgi 02 6628 4101 or 0414 284 101

dining Lismore City Hall 1 Bounty St, Lismore 1300 066 772 Lismore Regional Gallery 11 Rural St, Lismore 02 6622 2209 Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens 313 Wyrallah Rd, East Lismore 02 6689 5261 0415 960 284 Lismore Turf Club Woodlawn Rd, Lismore 0407 213 100 Rotorwing Helicopters 0400 567 062 Hangar 18, Airport Drive, Lismore Airport, Lismore

Pines on the Plateau 7 Converys Lane, Wollongbar 2477 02 6628 1319 or 0416 281 365

Serpentine Community Gallery 17a Bridge St, North Lismore 02 6621 6845

things to see & do

Summerland House Farm 253 Wardell Rd, Alstonville 02 6628 0610

BCC Cinemas Lismore Cnr Keen and Zadoc Sts, Lismore 02 6622 4350 Byron Bay Ballooning 1 Old Brunswick Rd, Tyagarah 1300 889 660 The Channon Markets Coronation Park, The Channon 02 6688 6433 Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre 50 Oliver Ave, Goonellabah 02 6625 5370

shopping Lismore Shopping Square Crn Brewster & Uralba Sts, Lismore 02 6621 7461

cafes The Mecca Café 80 Magellan St, Lismore 02 6621 3901

clubs Lismore Workers Club 231 Keen St, Lismore 02 6621 7401

hotels Richmond Hotel 36 Woodlark St, Lismore 02 6621 9098 Rous Hotel Zadoc & Keen St, Lismore 02 6621 5044

restaurants Miss Lizzies Restaurant 36 Woodlark St, Lismore 02 6622 7394

transport Lismore Regional Airport Bruxner Hwy, South Lismore 02 6622 2798 Regional Express Airlines 13 17 13 Lismore Taxis 02 6621 8620

business Lismore Events Unit 02 6621 3413

nimbin directory accommodation caravan park Nimbin Caravan Park 29 Sibley St, Nimbin 02 6689 1402

guest house Grey Gum Lodge 2 High St, Nimbin NSW 2480 02 6689 1713

retreat Crofton’s Retreat 360 Croftons Rd, Nimbin 02 6689 0030

Happy High Herbs 60a Cullen St, Nimbin 02 6689 1365 The H.E.M.P Embassy 51 Cullen St, Nimbin 02 6689 1842

visitor information

Hemping Around 4/45 Cullen St, Nimbin 02 6689 0024

self contained

Nimbin Candle Factory Unit 5, The Old Butter Factory, 2 Blue Knob Rd, Nimbin 02 6689 1010

Teretre Tourist Cabins 5 High St, Nimbin 02 6689 1908

Rainbow Power Company 1 Alternative Way, Nimbin 02 6689 1430

things to see & do


The Green Bank 1/39 Cullen St, Nimbin 02 6689 1881 TheGreenBankNimbin

Nimbin Bakery 52 Cullen St, Nimbin 02 6689 1769

Lismore Cnr Ballina Rd & Molesworth St 1300 369 795

Casino 86 Centre St 02 6660 0325

Nimbin 3/46 Cullen St 02 6689 1388

Kyogle Summerland Way & Anzac Drive 02 6632 2700

Ballina 6 River St 1800 777 666 Byron Bay 80 Johnston St 02 6680 8558


Murwillumbah Murwillumbah Railway Station Tweed Valley Way 02 6672 1340 Tweed Heads Wharf Street & Bay St 07 5536 6737

it doesn’t have to be a drag... The Gordon Pavilion is the ideal venue for weddings, parties, meetings, workshops and conferences... and it’s right here, in the heart of the heart... Talk to the Lismore City Events Unit...

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