call it the Rainbow Region. In this unspoiled, lush and laid
back pocket of northern New South Wales is a city that boasts
the culture and convenience of a major regional centre as well
as an extraordinarily beautiful natural environment. Where else
can you find a place where the blend of city sophistication and
country calm is so inviting?
population of 45,000, the city of Lismore is home to the progressive
Southern Cross University, the award-winning performing arts group NORPA,
a valuable macadamia and dairy industry, a creative artistic community
and a thriving business centre.
just 30 minutes inland from the beautiful beaches of the far north
coast, easily accessible via the Pacific Highway from Brisbane or the
Gold Coast; and has its own regional airport.
as the birthplace of eco-tourism, the Rainbow Region contains nearly a
third of NSW’s forest reserves. Surrounded by an area of extraordinary
geographical beauty, Lismore attracts thousands of visitors annually who
come to experience the heritage-listed rainforests and national parks,
most of which are situated a half hour’s drive from the CBD.
world-heritage listed Nightcap National Park features rainforests saved
by logging protests in the 1970s. From the secluded Terania Creek Picnic
Area you can access the easy 700 metre trek upstream through the lush,
palm-laden track to the base of aptly-named Protester Falls.
southern end of Nightcap is spectacular Minyon Falls, where you can gaze
down at the palm filled gorge from the picnic area at the top, or choose
from two different walks to the base of the falls. Another attractive
section of Nightcap is the Mt Nardi picnic area, just 12 kms from the
village of Nimbin (which is 30kms from Lismore).
plenty of choices of parkland located in or just out of the city,
including Rotary Park, close to the city centre, is six hectares of
restored rainforest where you can walk the boardwalk and spot 17 rare
species of plants.
Care Centre is a superb opportunity for children and overseas visitors.
Located on the campus of Southern Cross University, the Care Centre
offers the opportunity to view this iconic species at close range while
learning something of its plight in Lismore and environs.
newest experience, the Café and Culture Trail is a unique
experience for Northern Rivers visitors, immersing you in Lismore's
culture and cuisine.
Part of Lismore's
spectacular $9 million redevelopment of the Wilsons River, the Cafe and
Culture Trail guides visitors through Lismore's historical and cultural
development and into the CBD, with various alfresco dining choices. For
families, the trail offers a children’s interpretation of Lismore.
leading regional performing arts company, the award winning Northern
Rivers Performing Arts group, NORPA, is based in Lismore and presents
music, theatre and dance shows throughout the year.
string of little villages around Lismore, you’ll find some gorgeous
self-contained cottages, guesthouses and B and B’s.
famous of these villages is of course Nimbin, the alternative lifestyle
capital and home to a thriving community of gifted artists. You can view
their art at the Nimbin Artists Gallery. Gardening enthusiasts should
call into the Djanbung Gardens Permaculture Centre for a tour and if
you’re interested in renewable energy, The Rainbow Power Company is a
villages include: The Channon, gateway to Nightcap National Park and
home of the extraordinary monthly art and craft market; Dunoon, the
macadamia capital and neighbour to Minyon Falls; Eltham, with its warm
country pub and gallery; Bexhill, home of the open air cathedral;
Clunes, known for its early Australian architecture; and Rosebank,
good local coffee at the Green Frog Cafe.
If you only
have a day, you can easily spend it doing a scenic drive of the region,
calling in at one, two or all of these villages for a look around, a
coffee or a meal. When you’ve got more time and you’re looking for a
fabulous weekend retreat, simply check out one of the accommodation
houses in these villages.
region’s rich agricultural farmland produces avocadoes, stone fruit,
coffee, macadamias, custard apples, coffee and other organic fruits and
vegetables. You’ll find organic produce and foodstuffs at the
twice-weekly markets at the Lismore Showgrounds.
award-winning Lismore Visitor Information Centre includes the Rainbow
region gourmet Foods and Crafts shop which offers the largest range of
quality regional products and all the information you’ll need. Just next
door is Heritage Park, a superb oasis for families with miniature train
rides and play equipment.