Subtropical weather and dynamic entertainment, make Lismore one of the most sought after travel destinations in New South Wales. Offering an eclectic mix of nature, culture, a sense of history and sumptuous cuisine, the town of Lismore attracts visitors of all ages, from families to honeymoon couples and students. Those with a love of nature can enjoy the Wilson River Experience Walk, which begins in the city centre and winds along almost 2 miles (3 km) of river. Animal lovers can visit the Koala Care Centre where sick, orphaned and injured Koala’s receive the best care or Robinson’s Lookout, where you can observe Koalas in the wild. Festive food and drink can be enjoyed at a number of cafes in the area.
The city is surrounded by rolling hills which create a lush region that is easy to explore and enjoy on foot or by bicycle. If you want to experience the outdoors, take a road trip into the countryside and enjoy some time in nature. Back in the city, you can enjoy a slice of art and culture at the Regional Gallery or a day trip around local markets. The kids can enjoy the skate parks in the area including the Nimbin Skate Park, or watch the fast-paced Lismore speedway.
The humid, subtropical climate of the region creates warm temperatures for most of the year, with high rainfall. During the summer months the humidity levels can reach 100% in the city centre. Heavy storms may occur in spring and summer. The most comfortable time to visit is January to March, November and December. Temperatures at this time average between 20 to 30 degrees.
The annual Lismore Lantern Parade sees more than 25 000 people line the streets to see illuminated creatures pass by. This event is held in June on the Saturday which is closest to the winter solstice. Easter festivals are also held in Lismore as are celebrations of the Queen’s birthday in June.
The winter months of June to August are the coldest time of the year, with July being the coldest month in the city. Since the winter months are the off-peak season in the city, the hotel rates and airfares are generally slightly cheaper at this time. The high rainfall and humidity in summer deters some visitors, so certain months during summer may yield special deals.