Nestled on the banks of the Wilsons River, Lismore exudes a historic vibe, along with a passion for arts, nature and artisan goods. Wander around this charming town to uncover an array of galleries, performing arts theatres and local markets, or explore its wonderful World Heritage-listed rainforest.
Things to do in Lismore
Begin your Lismore holiday with a stroll around the town centre, where you can discover Back Alley Gallery, a public art space filled with vibrant murals. Follow the self-guided Historic and Cultural Interest Walk to witness some of Lismore’s Heritage-listed buildings, including the Richmond Hotel that dates back to 1889.
Love to shop? Browse through Lismore’s vintage and retro stores, which sell modern furniture, charming old wares and unique fashion. Time your visit for one of the regular markets, such as Lismore Vintage and Handmade Market or Lismore Car Boot Market, or stroll along the Arts, Vintage & Retro Trail and visit some of the area’s best stores and galleries.
If you’re feeling peckish, duck into Flock Espresso & Eats to indulge in freshly-roasted coffee and sweet treats. For dinner, make sure you visit LaVida Bar & Restaurant, where you can dine on Mediterranean-style tapas in a breezy outdoor courtyard. Don’t forget about the fabulous cocktails at The Loft Restaurant just around the corner.
Families can visit the Koala Care Centre to learn about these cuddly creatures and see them in naturally-designed habitats. If you’d like a unique souvenir, purchase handcrafted jewellery and glass creations from the Alan Ussher Glassblowing Studio, where you can also watch the glass-blowing process.
Getting around Lismore
You can drive to Lismore via the Legendary Pacific Coast route or fly into Lismore Regional Airport, about four kilometres from the town centre. Renting a car is the best way to explore Lismore and the surrounding areas, but you can also catch a taxi.