Experience secluded Lismore: its art, casinos, coffee, and more!

Lismore is an attractive and culturally diverse city just inland from the North Coast, where you can experience a thriving local arts scene near a stunning riverside landscape. Explore the rolling hills and dense rainforest reserves that surround the meandering tributaries of the Richmond River or pick from a selection of exciting arts performances and events that occur throughout the city centre.

Start your trip with a visit to the Lismore Visitor Information Centre to find out what’s on during your stay in town. Check out the city’s parks and gardens, including the fun-filled Heritage Park, which is situated next door to the visitor’s centre and has a miniature railway. Go on a cultural trail through the region’s art galleries and exhibition spaces. Check out Lismore Regional Gallery and visit artists in their studios and galleries.

The Northern Rivers Performing Arts Centre stages excellent productions of theatre, music and dance throughout the year. Farmers markets occur weekly across Lismore’s wider area. Take a seat in a café or restaurant and sample some of the region’s high-quality produce, which includes tropical fruits and delicious macadamia nuts.

Take a trip out to see Lismore’s World Heritage Listed rainforest, known as the Big Scrub. Go for an invigorating trek or pack a picnic and relax beneath a lush forest canopy. See awe-inspiring views across the Border Ranges or marvel at the waterfalls in the Nightcap National Park.

Delve into Lismore’s history at the Richmond River Historical Society Museum and head to nearby Wyrallah to see an Aboriginal ceremonial ring site.

Lismore is located 32 kilometres (20 miles) inland from the coastal city of Ballina. Reach Lismore in just over 2 hours by car from Brisbane or fly into Lismore’s local airport. Combine your visit to Lismore with a trip to the relaxed centres of Byron Bay and Nimbin.

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Top Hotels in Lismore

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Lismore Gateway Motel
Lismore Gateway Motel
4.5 out of 5
99 Ballina Road, Lismore, NSW
$109
per night
Oct 24 - Oct 25

Situated near the airport, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Lismore Visitor Information Centre and Lismore Regional Gallery. Lismore Workers Golf Club ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (275 reviews)

"Our overall experience was excellent, the room and motel very clean and tidy. The room was very quiet and spacious."…"

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2019

Lismore Gateway Motel
Casino Motor Inn
Casino Motor Inn
3.5 out of 5
91 Hare Street, Casino, NSW
$69
per night
Nov 2 - Nov 3

Situated in Casino, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Casino Folk Museum and Queen Elizabeth Park. Casino Golf Club is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away. Casino Station ...

4.1/5Very Good! (134 reviews)

"The owner was amazing, helped us out whenever we needed it. Was great."…"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

Casino Motor Inn
Melville House
Melville House
4 out of 5
267 Ballina Road, Lismore, NSW
$40
per night
Nov 6 - Nov 7

Situated in Lismore, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lismore Base Hospital, Lismore Workers Golf Club, and Lismore Regional Gallery. Lismore Visitor ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (324 reviews)

"Our home away from home. We love staying here. Will stay again. The best hosts."…"

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2019

Melville House

Top activities in Lismore

Kayaking, Snorkeling & Hiking Adventure Tour with Lunch
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Kayaking, Snorkeling & Hiking Adventure Tour with Lunch

$148

Swim in pristine pools beneath cascading falls, stroll through subtropical rainforests, and paddle around the rich marine habitats of dolphins and whales on this active expert-led excursion. From its misty mountains to its wave-warped coast, explore the natural wonders surrounding Byron Bay.

Hiking & Surfing Day Trip with Lunch
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Hiking & Surfing Day Trip with Lunch

$148

Wander subtropical rainforests, gaze at cascading waterfalls, and learn how to hang ten on this active excursion. With an expert guide to lead you, explore the sprawling grounds of Nightcap National Park, enjoy a fun surfing lesson, and tuck into a delicious barbecue lunch.

Sea Turtle Snorkeling Tour
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Sea Turtle Snorkeling Tour

$51

Put your snorkel gear on and jump into the waters of Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. Swim alongside sea turtles in their natural habitat in the Cape Byron Marine Sanctuary. Swim among schools of exotic fish and experience the underwater brilliance of Julian Rocks Marine Reserve.

Byron Bay & the Crystal Castle
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Byron Bay & the Crystal Castle

$75

Take a day trip to Byron Bay—Australia’s premier resort town. Relax on the beach, stroll past the shops and cafes, take in panoramic views from the famous lighthouse, and visit the magical destination, the Crystal Castle.

Private Surf Lesson in Byron Bay
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Private Surf Lesson in Byron Bay

$89

Join a private surf lesson with a professional instructor and you'll be riding the waves in no time. Tackle the crests of Byron Bay, one of the world's most popular surf destinations, and gain valuable tips from an experienced surfer during this personalized introduction to the sport.

Byron Bay Surfing Lesson with Local Instructor Gaz Morgan
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Byron Bay Surfing Lesson with Local Instructor Gaz Morgan

$43

Itinerary We pick you up from the Quiksilver Surf Shop 2 Jonson street Byron Bay or meet at the Carpark where we surf on the day. We will get you into a Wetsuit / Rash Shirt and hand over a surfboard to suit your ability then head onto the beach for the surfing & safety instruction then hit the surf.

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