Lismore is the cultural and economic capital of the Northern Rivers region, located between stunning rainforests and the sea its temperate climate provides ample opportunity for outdoor activities.
Lismore is 730 km (8.25 hr drive) north of Sydney and 126km (1.5 hr) south of the Gold Coast.. It is in easy reach of the coastal towns of Ballina (33 km) and Byron Bay (48 km). Goonellabah is the eastern suburb of Lismore.
Many artists and performers have established themselves in this region, and the town has a rich cultural life, reflected in the galleries, theatres, performing arts spaces and live music venues in and around Lismore. Lismore is also the hub for a range of regional government services.
Lismore Regional Airport is serviced daily by Regional Express Airlines (REX) with flights to and from Sydney Airport.
Ballina Byron Gateway Airport (35 km and 40 min drive from Lismore) provides direct links to Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle. Jetstar, Virgin Australia, REX and Fly Pelican service routes from the airport.
NSW TrainLink services provide a train service on the North West NSW line to Casino and there is a coach service to Lismore from Sydney.
Lismore is home to almost 30,000 people, the median age of residents is 41 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up more than 6% of the population.
Lismore is the health centre for the region and is home to the North Coast’s largest public hospital, a private hospital, and is well serviced by a strong contingent of allied health professionals.
Lismore Base Hospital is a regional referral, level 5 base hospital. It is an accredited teaching hospital and the largest hospital within the Local Health District. It is the designated regional trauma centre and provides specialist services in emergency medicine. It also provides medical staff for the Local Health District retrieval service which covers from Coffs Harbour in the south to the Tweed in the north. The intensive care unit has nine beds. The coronary care unit has four beds. The medical ward provides an acute care service, cardiology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, neurology, endocrinology, infectious diseases and chronic pain. The hospital also has an orthopaedic ward, paediatric ward, perioperative unit, renal unit, surgical services and women’s care unit.
St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Lismore is an accredited 130 bed facility offering acute surgical, medical, rehabilitation and palliative care hospital and provides a wide range of hospital services including a child care centre.
There is a Ambulance Service of NSW station in Lismore.