Lismore's Creative Spirit

Lismore’s glorious climate and laid back philosophy nutures a bohemian, creative spirit that infuses every street. You’ll find artist’s work on display at weekend markets, galleries, cafes, pubs and many venues throughout the region.

At the very heart of this thriving, creative world is Lismore Regional Gallery: a space committed to representing accessible exhibitions and events for the whole of the community.

Nearby Serpentine Gallery is dedicated to showcasing the diverse artistic creations of local emerging artists. Like the regional gallery, it resonates with the creative spirit of the region.

Right next door to the Lismore Regional Gallery is the award-winning Richmond River Historical Society Museum. Located in the heritage-listed former Lismore Municipal Building, it has one of the best historical collections in regional Australia.

Finish the day driving towards the coast and Ballina. On the way, you’ll find Alstonville and the gorgeous Crawford House. Originally known as 'Olivene', the House was built in 1910 for Mr William Ambrose Crawford and his wife Olive. It is a delightful place to spend the early evening.

If you’re making your way to Byron Bay for the Splendour in the Grass festival or just to experience the relaxing way of life, Lismore is the perfect location to spend a few restful, culture-soaked days. Lismore is surrounded by picture-postcard towns and villages like The Channon (home of the North Coast’s oldest craft market), Bexhill, Rosebank Clunes and Eltham for their country pubs, antiques, friendly general stores and other rustic charms.

To find out more about accommodation and restaurants in Lismore go to Visit NSW or Visit Lismore. 

For a cultural snapshot of Lismore go to Arts Northern Rivers.


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