Lismore (New South Wales)

Lismore is a town in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales

For the island in Scotland, see Isle of Lismore

Get in

By plane

By car

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

By train

By bus

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

Local Bus Operators include:

Northern Rivers Buslines

Wallers Bus Co.

Nimbin-Byron Bay Shuttle Bus

Get around

Northern Rivers Buslines


Late Night Shuttle

Nimbin Shuttle


Lismore is a more residential town than its coastal neighbours. It is surrounded by very pretty coastal hinterland, and it is worthwhile taking one of the scenic drives around the area. It is in some ways the administrative centre of the Northern Rivers region. It has the main hospital, fairly large courthouse, as well as a university and a shopping centre.

The Wilsons River runs through town, however like many inland rivers in Australia it is brown in colour due to sediment, so some people may not wish to swim in it. The water is safe for swimming. Hector, the freshwater crocodile, once escaped from a travelling show and made his home in the river, but he hasn't been sighted since the floods of 1974.

If you don't feel like swimming, there is a riverside park by the bridge.


The rainbow train at Heritage Park

Art & Music: Lismore boasts an abundance of artists and musicians, with many pop-up galleries in shop windows, graffiti artistry like the Back Alley Gallery and of course the Lismore Regional Art Gallery which hosts locals and many famous artists' exhibitions throughout the year. These galleries are all part of the cafe and cultures trail created by Lismore Tourism to highlight our regions greatest assets. The C&C Trail begins at the visitor information centre and follows an easy path around the CBD (Central Business District) including the Regional Art Gallery, Historical Museum, many architectural displays in the form of old buildings (some over 100 years old), Back Alley Gallery (Graffiti Art at its best!) and some of the numerous cafes and restaurants that feed all the hungry travellers.

For the kids there are numerous activities available to keep them occupied and if you happen to be here during school holidays why not drop into the visitor information centre and pick up a school holiday pack full of great things for the kids to do.


Lismore CBD


Lismore is right at the heart of some of the best local markets you will find in the whole of Australia. Which ever day you are in the Lismore area there is bound to be a market on somewhere in the close proximity.


Capellos Cafe

Goanna Bakery & Cafe

Henry's Bakery Cafe

Fire in the Belly

Indian Mumtaj

Thai Satay Hut

Miss Lizzie's Restaurant

The Loft

Tommy's Tavern

Terrace Bar

Banzai Japanese Restaurant

The Bank Cafe

Dragonfly Cafe

Peppertree Kitchen

Lismore Pie Cart

Mecca Cafe

La Baracca Espresso Bar and Trattoria


Mary Gilhooleys Irish Pub

Lismore Workers Club

The Richmond Hotel

The Rous Hotel

The Tattersalls Hotel

Hilltop Tavern


Hotels & Motels

Caravan & Camping

Retreats, Hideaways and Bed & Breakfasts


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