Lismore being at the heart of this beautiful region offers visitors a choice of experiences whether it be visiting and enjoying the city delights of quirky cosmopolitan shops and an array of dining alternatives with fabulous food on offer. A walk through the “Back Alley Gallery” have transformed the back lanes of Lismore’s CBD into a spectacular, larger-than-life gallery by talented local artists.
There is a dynamic mix of traditional and alternative arts within Lismore’s cultural climate with our talented arts community nurtured by progressive courses at Southern Cross University, TAFE and the Northern Rivers Conservatorium. Entertainment venues such as the Star Court Theatre offer a variety of movies.
Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA) and the new Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore Library and the Conservatorium are all located adjacent to the AZA in the “Quadrangle” providing a green space in the heart of Lismore.
Lismore City walks take you through history and culture from Federation gothic cathedrals, along the Wilson Riverbank and riverside park which offers a wharf providing a relaxing fishing spot and boat access to the river. Heritage Park (behind the Lismore Visitor Information Centre) is a paradise for kids with lots of play equipment also free gas BBQ’s and picnic facilities therein.
Lismore has a fantastic array of festivals throughout the year celebrating the rich vibrant culture within the community. These events are diverse as the region itself, from sports, food and lantern parade to music. The Lismore Gemfest, Nimbin Mardi Grass, Lismore Lantern Parade, 4WD Caravan Camping & Marine Show, The Combined Rotary Clubs of Lismore – (previously Opera at The Channon), Bentley Art Prize, Lismore Cup Race Day, Masters Games Tropical Fruits New Year’s Eve Party, to name just a few.
Lismore has a fully-certified organic market every Tuesday morning for those seeking delicious fresh produce and handcrafted wares, at the weekend markets both in the city and in the historic villages surrounding Lismore. The Channon Craft Market, Lismore Car Boot Market, Nimbin Market and Bangalow Market are just a few of the regular venues.
Visiting the charm of our villages close by such as Nimbin, once a sleepy dairy town, now famous as a hippie destination and alternative lifestyle capital. Bexhill, Clunes and Bangalow can be enjoyed on a short day trip drive from Lismore, when perhaps venturing across to the Coastal town of Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads or Evans Head.
Not far from Lismore are some of Australia’s most majestic and precious national parks and nature reserves, in the caldera of the extinct Wollumbin Volcano. Nightcap National Park and Whian Whian State Conservation Area, amongst others, are well worth exploring with Minyon Falls, great picnic grounds and walking tracks.
A drive to the historic village of The Channon and the World heritage rainforests of Terania Creek, Mt Nardi, Tucki Tucki Nature Reserve, Mt Warning are just some of many treasures to absorb and explore while in the region.
Just the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect with nature, Lismore has it all!