Lots to Love About Lismore


Less than an hour’s drive from Byron Bay, Lismore is a thriving city that combines culture, convenience and a stunning natural environment. You probably won’t spot a celebrity, but you will get to experience the warmth and welcoming spirit of Lismore’s close-knit and creative community. Fly in or drive in: just make sure you put Lismore on your list the next time you visit the Northern Rivers.

Engage with a Creative Community 

Lismore is home to one of NSW’s most artistic communities. Live music, sculpture, paintings, art installations, glassblowing and fire art are just some of the treats in store for art lovers in Lismore.

Lismore Regional Gallery has an impressive range of programs and exhibitions, including works by notable artists such as Thea Proctor, Kevin Connor, Albert Namatjira and Lloyd Rees. The Hannah Cabinet presentation is one of the most popular attractions at the gallery. Geoff Hannah (or one of his talented students) spends time talking to visitors about his incredible creation, which took him six and a half years to make. Bookings are essential!

If you want to keep the creative vibes flowing, a visit to Alan Ussher Glassblowing Studio should definitely be on your list. Alan teaches glassblowing workshops and makes a range of functional and artistic glassware, including pieces for exhibitions, commissions, and wholesale and retail pieces. 

Lismore’s Back Alley Gallery features some very talented graffiti artists and has transformed the laneways of Lismore. With over 60 artworks to explore, you can easily spend a lazy afternoon wandering around town and getting to know the underground street art culture of Lismore. 


If you feel like taking a break from the beach on a hot day, Protestors Falls is the perfect place for a relaxing walk in beautiful World Heritage-listed rainforest. While you may see some people swimming, there is actually a no swimming rule in place. And for a good reason. The endangered Fleay’s barred frog calls these waterways home, and not swimming here helps protect this native species. You can, however, pack a picnic and enjoy the special energy around the falls and the trees. The walk is a Grade 3 and is approximately 1.4km return.

Go Vegetarian

You don’t have to go far to find delicious, fresh and imaginative vegetarian and vegan food in Lismore. 20,000 cows is an institution and has been receiving rave reviews for decades. The food is well-presented, filling and unbelievably tasty, and the restaurant has the feel of an old hippy shack (in the best way possible)! Other options to consider include, The Loft Restaurant and The Bank Cafe. Both have a good selection of vegetarian and vegan foods on the menu.

What’s your favourite thing to do in Lismore? We’d love to hear from you, so don’t be afraid to reach out!


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