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Lismore is a 2.5-hour drive from Brisbane and around 9 hours from Sydney

Nestled between the Gondwana rainforest and the Pacific Ocean, Lismore is the cultural and economic capital of the Northern Rivers region of NSW. The topography combines mountainous terrain, majestic rivers and flat plains. It's a beautiful natural environment that plays a central role in the quality of life for the community. The sub-tropical climate, diversity of flora and fauna, abundance of natural attractions and proximity to broader Northern Rivers assets make Lismore and its villages an idyllic place to call home.


Lismore is conveniently located on the east coast of Australia and has high accessibility to key freight routes along the National Highway (M1), State Highway 44, the Bruxner Highway. Given its close proximity to the Queensland border, we tend to look to the north toward Brisbane and have a strong cross borderrelationship. As a major service centre in the Northern Rivers, our road networks support people and business to access Lismore and its villages from all directions.

The city centre is approximately 30 minutes from the Ballina / Byron Airport, 1 hour 20 minutes from the Gold Coast Airport and 2 hours 40 minutes from the Brisbane Airport. Air passengers have a choice of travel options, with daily commuter flights to Sydney from numerous regional airports.

travelling time to lismore

Byron Bay to Lismore: 35 minutes

Gold Coast to Lismore: 90 minutes

Kyogle to Lismore: 45 minutes

Grafton to Lismore: 90 minutes

travelling time to nimbin

Lismore: 30 minutes

Byron Bay: 85 minutes

Gold Coast: 85 minutes

Kyogle: 40 minutes

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