Our Area

Lismore & Surrounds

Bridge over the Wilson River – Lismore

Lismore Railway Station

Southern Cross University Herb Garden
(School of Natural & Complimentary Medicines)

Jacaranda Trees – Lismore

Chinaman's Beach – 20 mins drive

Jerusalam Creek – Bundjalung National Park
40 mins drive

Tea Tree in flower


Rex Airlines fly to Lismore daily

Lismore is the regional capital of New South Wales’ Northern Rivers Region on the thriving Far North Coast. The region extends from Casino in the south to Nimbin in the north and from Evans Head to Byron Bay.

The city of Lismore generates one-third of the $1.5 billion Northern Rivers economy. The city boasts a University, two top hospitals, a large range of medical specialists, hundreds of interesting and varied retail outlets and a huge array of industry. As the population centres along the coast grow, Lismore’s future will depend more and more on the district’s ability to develop the area as a centre for business.

The area has a proud rural tradition which began in forestry and has since graduated to dairy and more recently the developing industries of macadamia nuts, tea tree plantation and bush food production, with developing industries in coffee and olive production. The city of Lismore offers business people and investors’ high quality infrastructure, close proximity to two of the eastern seaboards’ most prosperous cities as well as a can-do approach.

Lismore’s location is ideal for developers and investors looking for a new location for their business or industry. The bustling city of Brisbane is under a three-hour journey from Lismore and Sydney is about nine hours drive by car. Located on the Bruxner Highway, Lismore is linked to these capitals by the New England and Pacific Highways. Lismore Airport also offers a convenient link for business travellers and tourists, with regular serviced to Sydney offered by Regional Express Airlines (REX).

Lismore’s close proximity to some of the most protected and beautiful beaches in NSW and ancient rainforests, state-of-the-art sports facilities, an emerging café society, boutique shopping areas, art galleries, performing arts spaces and companies colourful weekend markets and public libraries add up to a city with a rich and varied community culture.

FACTS (supplied by 2001 census data – Lismore City Council)

Population – 45,500

Urban Population – 66.3% of people live in the urban areas. Lismore is the largest urban population with 16,974 people.

Rural Population – 4.3% of people live in villages. Modanville is the largest village population with 467 people.
27.7% of people live in rural areas. The Southeast sector has the highest rural population with 2,349 people.

Business – The three largest industries by employment are Norco/Agriculture, Southern Cross University/Education and Health/Hospitals. The major industries employing people are Retail Trade with 2,901 (18.3%), followed by Health & Community Services with 2,325 (14.7%), Education with 1,667 (10.5%), Manufacturing with 1,369 (8.7%) and Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing with 1,182 (7.5%).

Older Persons – 13.7% of the population (5,971 persons) is over 65 years.

Youth – 19.9% of the population is between 15 & 24 years of age.

Children – 21.4% of the population is in the 0-14 year age group.