Set on the Wilson River, Lismore is a good place to base yourself if your interests are in the beautiful surrounds of this part of the Northern Rivers. The town itself has a diverse variety of stellar restaurants, clubs, pubs and cosy cafés offering dishes made from locally produced ingredients.
The rich soils of the surrounds provide not only fine timber, but Australian grown coffee and macadamia nuts. It also produces fruits and vegetables such as stone and tropical fruits, berries, pecans, herbs and a variety of organically grown produce.
World Heritage Listed National Parks are within easy driving distance, harbouring rainforests, wild rivers, native wildlife and life long memorable views.
With a large and varied collection of historical artefacts and located in the old Lismore Municipal Building, the Historical Society and Museum has exhibits and displays related to the history of the region. Including Aboriginal, industrial and natural history, with photos, information and more. There are also displays relating to the original pioneers that explored and later settled here and an extensive display of the local timbers provided in the region. 165 Molesworth Street.
Phone: +061 2 6621 9993, or visit their Website.
At the Lismore Regional Gallery, located at 131 Molesworth St. in town, you can see changing and ongoing exhibitions of art works from the region. They also hold special visiting exhibitions. Phone +061 2 6622 2209 for more information, or visit their Website.
At the scenic nearby town of Nimbin, the Nimbin Environment Centre is dedicated to preserving the natural wonders of the region and beyond. Working with the traditional owners of the land, the Bundjalung people: See their Website.
Wollumbin (Mt Warning) Border Ranges and Nightcap National Parks are nearby, they have easy to long walks to waterfalls, grand views and pristine ancient rainforests. The Goorgana walking track for experienced trekkers in Nightcap NP, for example, takes you over and through rugged peaks and remnants of volcanoes that dotted the land.
The Border Ranges NP protects the flora and fauna that trace their roots to the ancient super-continent of Gondwana. At the Pinnacle Lookout there are stunning views of the Tweed Valley below. You can camp here at one of the campgrounds, have a picnic, hike trails, go mountain biking or take a tour by car.
Wollumbin NP, (previously named Mt Warning) is at the foot of an ancient volcano vent, the remains which tower more than 1,000 metres above. The Lyrebird track, a relatively short walk, has tall palm trees, which harbour a variety of native birds, including whipbirds, which make a distinctive whipping sound when they call.
On 207 Molesworth St. in Lismore there is the Visitor Information Centre where you can find out about the events and things to do in the region:
Phone: +061 2 6626 0100.
There are guesthouses, backpackers, lodges, cabins, bed & breakfasts, farmstays, motels and hotels to stay at, or go camping and stay under the stars.
Sharing the border of NSW and Queensland here is the Northern Rivers region. When on the Gold Coast, it is not far to enjoy the serene and sublime rainforest national parks of north east NSW.
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