About Lismore, NSW, 2480

Heart of the Northern Rivers

The Channon Market © Northern Rivers Tourism

Channon Market photo © courtesy of Northern Rivers Tourism

Lismore is the Northern Rivers university town, and heart of the Rainbow region, with a wide range of visitor accommodation, conference facilities and natural attractions.

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.


Nightcap National Park signage

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.

Plentiful accommodation in the town centre includes motels, guesthouses and caravan parks, and a number of Byron Bay tour operators will pick up in Lismore for day tours to the rainforests.

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.

Transport links include daily flights by Regional Express Airlines, and interstate coach services between Sydney and Brisbane, with TrainLink coaches connecting to rail services at Casino.

Check out the Big Volcano Visitor Guide – Lismore for more information, accommodation options, local tours & attractions, and how to get there.