Heart of the Northern Rivers
With a population of just over 29,000, it is regarded as the principal city of the region. All the usual amenities of civilisation can be found here including government services, hospitals and social services.
Weekly farmers markets and craft markets, along with a lively pub scene, and regular concerts, events and theatrical productions, offer a range of entertainment options and things to see and do.
Natural attractions include Rocky Creek Dam, Mount Nardi and the World Heritage listed Nightcap National Park, about 20 minutes drive from the city centre.
If that seems a bit too much, then the “Birdwing Butterfly Walk” is a paved walk located in Kadina Street, Goonellabah. Planted out with a native vine to attract the rare Richmond Birdwing Butterfly, you might also keep your eye out for platypus in the creek, especially at dawn and dusk.
B&Bs, farmstays and retreats are scattered through out the picturesque villages and hamlets including Dunoon, Clunes, Bexhill and Eltham, which are the centres for local macadamia and coffee planatations.
Check out the Big Volcano Visitor Guide – Lismore for more information, accommodation options, local tours & attractions, and how to get there.