Lismore with a population of about 45,000 is the major administrative, educational and commercial centre of the North Coast region of New South Wales. It is home to the region's largest hospital and Southern Cross University. The surrounding hills are dotted with historical villages and rustic hamlets. High rainfall on the hills can bring the city centre under water, sometimes on a spectacular scale. Nearby is Nimbin, site of the Aquarius Festival and the 'birth place' of Australia's alternative lifestyle movement. Only 35 minutes from Lismore is the major tourist centre of Byron Bay.


Lismore's Rainbow Region is one of Australia's renowned ecotourism destinations. With easily accessible rainforests you have the opportunity to swim under waterfalls in a World Heritage National Park or take a one-day or week-end hike. The mammal fauna of the Border Ranges is regarded as the richest in the state and possibly Australia. The National Parks and Wildlife Service have identified over 170 species of birds. At the southern rim of the 20 million year old Mt Warning Volcano, Nightcap National Park is one of the best developed subtropical rainforests in the state and home to several endangered birds and animals. It contains many walking tracks that can be approached by car via Nimbin or The Channon.    

Byron Bay