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Welcome to Lismore

Lismore is nestled on the banks of the Wilsons River between the rainforest and the sea.

Explore heritage buildings, arcades and unique shopping experiences, including colourful weekly markets. Check out the funky cafes, bars and restaurants where you’ll savour the tastes of the Northern Rivers.

The laidback lifestyle, idyllic climate, and spectacular natural beauty of the region attract and inspire many creative souls. Don’t miss a visit to one of many studios and galleries dotted throughout the town and surrounding villages showcasing the local artists.

As the commercial centre of the Northern Rivers region of NSW there are major shopping centres and fast growing suburbs, it is also the hub for a range of regional Government services.

For sports enthusiasts there are excellent facilities in Oakes Oval, a magnificent sporting ground for major events, dozens of playing fields and tennis courts, several gymnasiums, horse and greyhound racing tracks, and a very popular Speedway circuit, which is also the largest in the region.

Nestled between the rainforest and the sea in the Northern Rivers of NSW, 45 km inland from Byron Bay and 100 km south of the Gold Coast, Lismore is the cultural and economic capital of the Northern Rivers region.

Lismore was, and is still occupied by the Aboriginal people of the Bundjalung nation.

With a comparatively young population, the median age being just 37 – the youngest median age in the region. The population continues to grow at a sustainable level with the City’s residents maintaining the highest household income for the region.

The population is expected to rise by 21.4% in the next 15 years to 53,680 people.

Recent population growth in the region is part of the phenomenon of population shift from Sydney and Melbourne for lifestyle reasons and to take advantage of the ambient climate and natural environment.

Coastal areas, such as Ballina and Byron Bay, are becoming less affordable with more people choosing to live one step removed from the Coast.

  • Lismore LGA has a population of approximately 45,000 people
  • 64.1% of people live in the urban areas
  • 24.6% of the total LGA live in Goonellabah which is the largest urban population
  • 40.6% of the total LGA live in urban areas
  • 3.8% of people live in villages
  • Dunoon is the largest village population with 461 people
  • 32.1% of the total LGA live in rural areas
  • The Channon and Dunoon have the highest rural population with 4075 people

Summers are characterised by warm nights and warm to hot days, and late afternoon rain is common. Autumn is generally warm with some rain showers. Winter brings cool nights with warm sunny days, while spring has cool-warm nights with warm, occasionally hot days.

Lismore Weather

Rainfall in the region is relatively high – higher than in Sydney and Brisbane.

The region experiences most of its rainfall between December and May, but heavy rain can fall at any time of the year. The Wilsons River Levy Bank protects the city centre from flooding, up to a one in twenty year event.

  • Average rainfall 1341mm
  • Mean summer temperature: 29.8(max), 16.8(min) deg. C.
  • Mean winter temperature: 23.0(max), 6.4(min) deg. C.

Lismore Education

Well serviced by quality private and public schools, pre-schools and TAFE colleges, in addition to a Conservatorium of Music and a range of Adult Community Education programs. Lismore is also home to the main campus of Southern Cross University, one of Australia’s most progressive and contemporary Universities.

Lismore has a proud rural tradition, which began in forestry, graduated to dairy and has grown to include macadamia nuts, coffee, tea tree plantations and bush foods.

The growth of industries such as medicinal herb production, health, transport, education and tourism continue to thrive. The three largest industries by employment are:

  • Retail
  • Health care
  • Education
  • Agriculture

Notable People from Lismore

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