Lismore Visitor Guide 2020

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on the cover Sneakers from Lismore’s Back Alley Gallery photograph: By Natsky enquiries mitch lowe tourism & events manager lismore city council 02 6626 0100 Š lismore city council 2020 designed & produced by dogwhistle creative for lismore city council


photography by dogwhistle creative, trevor worden, dallas knock, natsky, peter derrett, chris meagher, brad mustow, paris naday, darmin cameron, NORPA, paul white, the lismore regional gallery, sportspics and the national parks & wildlife service while the publishers have made all reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy of information contained in this publication at the time of printing, lismore city council and dogwhistle creative assume no responsibility for any errors or omissions that may have occurred. all original design and artwork remains the property of dogwhistle creative. this publication may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, without the written permission of lismore city council.

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health+wellbeing 14 markets 15 festivals+events 16 family fun


city of sport


history+heritage 22 short walks+tours+trails


regional map


getting here


villages 29 scenic drives


natural wonders


where to stay


lismore map


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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 Acknowledgement 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 variety 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. 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 is served 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 have 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 diversity

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’s exciting new home in the Lismore Quadrangle, alongside the Lismore Library and Conservatorium of Music, has been a huge success. Throughout Lismore and surrounds, there are scores of galleries and artists’ studios

Enjoy a show from some of Australia’s best performers and companies.

Circus / Theatre / Comedy / Music / Dance

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Check out our market calendar on page 15 or the online events calendar at

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 Guide.

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.

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.

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

A visit to the markets is a unique and highly rewarding day out.

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. Established in 1921, the Star Court Theatre is a hub for film, theatre and music.

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.

See what’s unfolding at Lismore Regional Gallery 11 Rural St, Lismore NSW 2480


T 61 2 66274600






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shopping+eats+treats Lismore has the largest retail shopping precinct in the Northern Rivers. Its wide streets are lined with beautiful heritage buildings and the city centre has a relaxed country atmosphere. 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 have everything you need for your home, lifestyle, children, garden or wedding. Dotted throughout the City of Lismore you’ll find many local studios and galleries

showcasing the impressive work of our local artists, including the Lismore Regional Gallery offering energetic and thought provoking exhibitions year round. Discover many quaint galleries in the surrounding hinterland and villages. In Lismore’s wide boulevardes, sidestreets, alleys and arcades you’ll find antique, vintage and curio stores filled with fabulous retro clothing, jewellery, furniture and uber cool ‘stuff’ – more than enough to excite and inspire your inner hipster! Make sure you pick up a copy or visit the website for our complete Arts+Retro+Vintage Guide… you might get to take home a special piece of the Northern Rivers.

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shopping+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, vegan, modern Australian, Italian, Japanese, Vietnamese plus 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 farmers produce an abundance 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.

home grown + hand made


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Lismore Visitor Information Centre 207 Molesworth St, Lismore Mon-Sun: 9.30am-4pm

02 6626 0100

looking for something different? pick up a copy of the arts+vintage+retro guide at the Lismore Visitor Information Centre, or check it out online at

Experience the cosmopolitan delights of Flock, La Baracca or The Bank. 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 fresh-baked breads and treats, and the legendary Lismore Pie Cart bakes pies on-site and serves them with mushy peas, mash and gravy.

restaurants Modern Australian à la carte can be found at The Stockpot Kitchen, The Loft

Restaurant and the Richmond Hotel’s Miss Lizzies Restaurant or Terrace Bar. Enjoy wood-fired pizza from Earth Oven Pizza! Quirky bar Dirty Wilson serves burgers with a twist in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. 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. Explore more of Lismore’s amazing dining and retail options in our online directory at

11 our many and varied eateries have something to tempt your taste buds

more than you can imagine The Lismore city centre has more jewellers, quirky boutiques, antique, vintage and retro stores, exciting coffee nooks, cafés, restaurants and hotels, music, sports, furniture and appliance retailers, barbers and hair salons, purveyors of fascinating arts and crafts and... just about anything else you can think of... to find what you’re looking for, check it out on the website...




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.

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Mumtaj Restaurant Spice up your life with some delicious Indian Food. Authentic range of flavours from North to South India. Almost everything on the menu is gluten free and there is a full vegan menu including a wonderful selection of traditional desserts and breads. Lunch time specials five days a week from $10.

35 Woodlark Street, Lismore 02 6621 3736 Dine-in, take away, catering and home deliveries (local and regional).

Off the beaten track, take a drive and enjoy the hospitality at The Channon Tavern, 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.

Hotels host DJs, jazz, rock and blues or you can dance the night away at one of Lismore’s friendly clubs. Augustine’s and the Dusty Attic Music Lounge also feature live entertainment. Find out ‘what’s on’ at

13 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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go to visitlismore. for more more health and wellbeing outlets and activities

Invigorate your

mind, body and soul

in a region renowned for its myriad of alternative therapies, practitioners and retreats. Find inner peace at a meditation class, take a walk on a rainforest trail, or explore ways to save the earth. Unwind with yoga, pilates, acupuncture, reflexology, aromatherapy, massage, reiki or bowen therapy with one of our many alternative practicioners, you’re sure to find something to lift your spirit! If you’re seeking spiritual guidance, get an astrology, tarot or psychic reading or commune with one of our local swamis, gurus, shamans, soothsayers or prognosticators. It’s all part of the enchanting local experience.

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If you’re after a little R&R, the region is famous for its day spas, beauty services, hairdressers and barbers and a full compliment of traditional and alternative therapies. If you prefer to relax by indulging in a bit of pampering, then you’ll find plenty of activities and offerings to keep you feeling Zen. Getting in touch with nature is certainly a great way to give your mind and body a well-deserved break. You could take a leisurely stroll, bush walk for a few hours, or take a more extensive hike. There are beautiful rainforests and waterfalls to keep you thoroughly entertained. Visit our natural wonders pages to find out more.


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farmers’ markets

1st Saturday

Every Tuesday

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

Lismore Organic Market Lismore Showground, North Lismore. 7.30am-11am

1st Sunday

Every Wednesday

Lismore Car Boot Market Lismore Shopping Square, Uralba St, Lismore. 7.30am-2pm

Nimbin Farmers’ Market Next to The Green Bank, Cullen St, Nimbin. 3pm-6pm

2nd Sunday

Every Thursday

The Channon Craft Market Coronation Park, The Channon. 9am-3pm

Lismore Produce Market Magellan Street (between Carrington & Molesworth Sts) Lismore CBD. 2.30pm-6.30pm

3rd Sunday Lismore Car Boot Market Lismore Shopping Square, Uralba St, Lismore. 4th Sunday Nimbin Market Nimbin Community Centre, Cullen St, Nimbin. 8am-3pm Bangalow Market Bangalow Showgrounds, Bangalow. 9am-3pm 5th Sunday Nimbin Market Nimbin Community Centre, Cullen St, Nimbin. 8am-3pm

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

02 6688 6433


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.



Eat the Street

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.

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

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

Lismore Friendship Festival The Friendship Festival pays tribute to Lismore’s ‘friendship relationship’ with Conegliano in northern Italy, with a festival to celebrate the contributions of Italian settlers over the last 100 years.

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

a light hearted family spectacular (one for the bucket list - in June every year)




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.

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.

Carols in the Heart Bring a picnic rug or blanket and enjoy an entertainment packed evening singing along to Carols. 
Includes face painting, jumping castles. Join North Coast locals at this free annual event.


Tropical Fruits New Year’s Eve Party A four-day festival hosted by the LGBTI community featuring a street parade, New Year’s Eve Party, Art Show and Cabaret, New Year’s Day Recovery and Pool Party.

Masters Games Held biennially, the Masters Games is a funfilled, 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, dog trials, art, craft, fruit, vegetables and horticulture. It’s a sustainable farming expo, promoting natural farming methods and building, with an opportunity to sample food and wares from paddock to plate.

Blue Moon Cabaret (March, September and November ) A diverse array of the performance arts: comedy, poetry, music, dance, acrobatics and circus. The events encompass an evening of fine food, wines and stunning entertainment.


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family fun


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 at Rifle Range Rd, East Lismore) • Bushwalk through a National Park • Picnic at Rocky Creek Dam

• Explore the indoor rainforest replica at the Lismore Visitor Centre • Try roller-skating, putt-putt golf, tenpin bowling or our magnificent golf course • Toddlers will love Playquest Café & Play Centre’s 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!

parks & gardens Lismore has beautiful parks 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 runs 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.

• 25m Heated Pool • Learn to Swim • Waterslide • 24/7 SWITCH Gym • Group Fitness • KidZone Crechee • Café & Coffee • Sports Stadium • Jiu Jitsu Program


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 and there is a monthly guided tour.

LISMORE Corner Keen and Zadoc Streets (02) 6629 2500

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, as the dam provides much of the region’s water supply.

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

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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 complex, plus racing, greyhound and speedway tracks.

The Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre has indoor heated pools, a water

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Lismore Workers Masters Games September for more information go to

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 and bike show!



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slide, toddlers’ pool and inflatables, 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 beachentry toddlers’ pools.

Make sure you check out our ‘what’s on’ calendar at… there’s a whole category just for sport! Check out our local parks – we have excellent sporting equipment and outdoor facilities!

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GIDDY UP! We race every month at the L.T.C. Contact us now!

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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

• Explore Lismore’s ‘Walkabout’ tours on the following pages and discover Lismore’s Historic Interest Walk, a selfguided 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

short walks+tours+trails history + heritage

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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.


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.

A stroll along the river walkway reveals an with interpretive sites, public art installation landscaping and parkland facilities all linki unique setting for you to explore the histo and recreational fabric of life along the ba River.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.)



16 Fountain commemorating Formation Fountain presented to the City of Lismore the formation of the first Australian Lions C July 1st, 1947 `17 Butter Churn Sculpture Hear stories from our dairy industry past.

18 Interpretive Sites A blend of Aboriginal and European histor

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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.


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getting here 28 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

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

by plane 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 with taxi and hire car services available. There’s friendly service, plenty of parking, free wireless internet, a meeting room plus refreshments, light meals and gourmet coffee available.

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


Dotted throughout the

rolling green hills 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.

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 home-made 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 Coffee, at the Clunes Store & Cellar, has great coffee and pizza and a friendly village atmosphere. Uncle Pete’s Books is a literary treasure house with more that 20,000 works of fiction and non-fiction to challenge and delight the most ardent bibliophile.

dunoon (20k from Lismore) 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.

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 is popular with visitors and locals. The Tavern’s restaurant is open for lunch 7 days a week, dinner Tues to Sunday (Kitchen closed Monday) evening 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 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.

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.


an idyllic spot for camping or a picnic

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• 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.

highlights • 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

• Drop in to Goolmangar Store for a picnic lunch and some old- fashioned county service • 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.

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 and find a picturesque spot.

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 • 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 • Take in a show at the Nimbin Bush Theatre.

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


natural wonders


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

most significant World

There are idyllic camping and picnic spots throughout the parks and reserves

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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


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

• 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: • Minyon Grass picnic area – nestled in the • Bundjalung shade of trees with a magic view of the • Mebbin spectacular 100m falls • Wollumbin • Protesters Falls walk – a board walk, • Booyong Nature Reserve bush track and a little rock scrambling we• aim to be your f irst choice Victoria Park Nature Reserve through lush rainforest that kids will love • Terania Creek picnic area – a familyfriendly area with barbecues and lots of birds and goannas

enjoy incredible views of the surrounding volcanic landscape




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

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.



b&b/guest house

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/holiday park


Halls Country Cottages Cottage/Self-Contained 188 Numulgi Road, Numulgi 0421 566 460

207 Molesworth St, Lismore 02 6626 0100

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

village accommodation

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lismore city accommodation

Karinga Motel

Melville House

Motel 258 Molesworth Street, Lismore 02 6621 2787

Bed & Breakfast 267 Ballina Road, Lismore 02 6621 5778

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

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



Dedicated to superior service, the Lismore Bounty Motel provides a sanctuary for the discerning traveller. The only HHHH

Lismore Centra Tourist Park Caravan Park 60 Dawson Street, Lismore 02 6621 6581 HHHHH

• 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)

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

Beside the Wilson River with a beautiful peaceful rural outlook. Modern, clean and affordable cabins. • Open plan, air-conditioned cabins with ensuite • Sleeps up to 6, double bed & 4 bunks • Well-equipped kitchenette • Free Wifi • Off-street parking inc. Heavy vehicles • Pet friendly, contact reception to confirm

• BBQ, laundry, on-site caretaker

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

(AAA Tourism rated) 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.

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

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

241 Keen Street Lismore Phone : +61 2


Fax : +61 2 66227633 Web: Email:


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The Lismore Bounty Motel

Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic

bed & breakfast

241 Keen St, Lismore


02 6622 7622

50 Oliver Ave, Goonellabah

02 6625 5370

Melville House 267 Ballina Rd, Lismore

02 6621 5778

Sisley’s Motel

111 Dawson St, Lismore

02 6621 9888

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

Lismore City Hall

Karinga Motel 258 Molesworth St, Lismore 02 6621 2787


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

1 Bounty St, Lismore

1300 066 772

self contained Halls Country Cottages 188 Numulgi Rd, Numulgi 0421 566 460 bookings@hallscountrycottages


Lismore Regional Gallery

Indian Mumtaj Restaurant

11 Rural St, Lismore

35 Woodlark St, Lismore

02 6622 2209

02 6621 3736 Lismore Turf Club Woodlawn Rd, Lismore 0407 213 100


dining & entertainment

things to see & do BCC Cinemas Lismore

Hertz 41 Dawson St, Lismore 02 6621 8855

Cnr Keen and Zadoc Sts, Lismore 02 6622 4350


shopping The Channon Markets

Lismore Wilson Motel

Coronation Park, The Channon

119 Ballina Rd, Lismore

02 6688 6433

02 6622 3383


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

business Lismore Events Unit Contact Lismore Events Unit On 1300 878 387

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nimbin directory accommodation caravan park

The H.E.M.P Embassy

Nimbin Caravan Park

51 Cullen St, Nimbin

29 Sibley St, Nimbin

02 6689 1842

02 6689 1402

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

Hemping Around 4/45 Cullen St, Nimbin

visitor information The Nimbin Bush Theatre

Lismore Cnr Ballina Rd & Molesworth St 1300 369 795

Casino 84a 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

Murwillumbah Murwillumbah Railway Station Tweed Valley Way 02 6672 1340

& Cafe 2 Blue Knob Rd, Nimbin

things to see & do

02 6689 1111

Goolmangar Store

Nimbin Candle Factory

851 Nimbin Rd, Goolmangar

Unit 5, The Old Butter Factory,

02 6629 3178

2 Blue Knob Rd, Nimbin

02 6689 1010


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


02 6689 0024

Byron Bay 80 Johnston St 02 6680 8558


Tweed Heads Wharf Street & Bay St 07 5536 6737

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