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Lismore - Cities, Towns and Localities

Lismore Macadamia Plantation - courtesy Tourism New South Wales

Lismore and its surrounding hinterland is known as the ‘Rainbow Region’, reflecting the region's diversity and natural surroundings that attract visitors from all over Australia, seeking a more relaxed and alternative lifestyle. Referred to as the birthplace of eco-tourism, the region contains a third of NSW forest reserve and some of the most picturesque mountain scenery in the state.

Lismore was first settled in the 1850's by a Scotsman Mr William Wilson. In 1855 the land right next to the Richmond River was surveyed and the beginnings of a town were laid out for settlers.

The village soon became a centre for the cedar timber cutters in the region to haul their timber for transport to Sydney and Melbourne. The cedar forest was then thought to be one of the largest in the world. Today it is mostly gone cleared for agricultural use.

The original inhabitants of the area are the Bundjalung tribe.

As with most larger rural towns the railways arrived from Murwillumbah and the town never looked back. Today the region is home to many Macadamia Plantations, and other agricultural endeavours. The land being of particular good quality. The Southern Cross University has its main campus here and the town is the administrative centre for the Northern Rivers Region.

Over the last 20 years the area has also become home to people living alternate lifestyles, artists, painters, potters, wood turners and every other type of handiwork or craft work know to man. The beautiful countryside, sub tropical rainforests, and abundant nature all year round has provided the perfect environment for artisans to thrive. Lismore these days is full of art galleries and craft centres.

There are many smaller settlements nearby such as The Channon, Nimbin, Kyogle, Eltham, Clunes, Alphadale, and Bexhill.

Check out our listing of Lismore accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Rainbow Region Visitor Centre
Cnr Bruxner Hwy & Molesworth St
Ph: 02 6622 0122
Toll: 1300 369 795
Fax: 02 6622 0193
Open 7 days 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
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Lismore Attractions

Heritage Park
• Location of the Lismore Visitor Centre and beautiful park with electric BBQs and shady picnic tables. There are also play equipment catering for toddlers through to older children.
Lismore Regional Art Gallery
• The Lismore Regional Art Gallery is a Lismore City Council Community Service supported by Corporate Patrons; partners in art, the NSW Ministry for the Arts and is a member of the Regional Galleries Association of NSW.
Lismore Lake
• An artificial lake some 14 ha in size just 2.5 south of the centre of town.
Richmond Hotel
• 36 Woodlark St, LISMORE NSW 2480 • Ph: 02 6621 9098 • Fax: 02 6622 1093 • Email
• This historic pub was first opened in May 1899. Drop in for a drink and something to eat at the cafe/restaurant. Visit the website to read about the history of the pub.
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Lismore Distance

Distance to Lismore
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Lismore:
• Armidale 347.0
• Ballina 31.7
• Banora Point 94.3
• Byron Bay 45.1
• Casino 30.8
• Coffs Harbour 204.0
• Evans Head 44.1
• Fingal Head 91.8
• Kyogle 43.5
• Glen Innes 249.1
• Grafton 129.5
• Mullumbimby 50.9
• Murwillumbah 80.1
• Sydney 736.1
• Tenterfield 158.4
• Tweed Heads 97.2
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.

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