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Lismore : lismore visitor guide
4 nestled on the banks of the Wilsons River that meanders between the rainforest and the sea, is a city that boasts the culture and convenience of a major regional centre and an unrivalled quality of life for its residents and visitors alike. In this unspoiled, lush and laidback pocket of far northern NSW, the hinterland City of Lismore is the economic and cultural hub of the Northern Rivers region. With a population over 45,000, Lismore provides many of the region's major services and its shopping, sporting facilities, hospitals and schools support residents throughout the surrounding area. Lismore is an extraordinary place -- a place of amazing cultural diversity and creativity in a truly beautiful natural environment. The city and the rolling green hills that surround it are alive with a creative spirit reflecting our relaxed lifestyles and the beauty and majesty of our natural landscape. There are, quite possibly, more actors, artisans, buskers, dancers, divas, film-makers, musicians, painters, potters and performers, per capita, than anywhere else in the country. You'll find their work on display at weekend markets, galleries, cafes, pubs and many venues throughout the region. Our region's talented multi arts community is largely supported and nurtured by the excellent and progressive courses on offer at Lismore's Southern Cross University, North Coast Institute of TAFE and Northern Rivers Conservatorium of Music. Organisations such as the Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA) and the Lismore Regional Gallery resonates the creative spirit of the region. For a glimpse into Lismore's rich history and heritage, pick up a map at the Lismore Visitor Information Centre and set off on one of our a self-guided trails along the riverbank and around town. The Wilsons River Experience Walk is a unique outdoor museum that paints a picture of Widjabul and early European settlement along the river. The trail follows the riverbank into the City Centre and joins up with the Café and Culture Trail. Follow the 30 mosaic footpath markers around town where you will discover some intriguing and quirky facts about Lismore's colourful culture and cuisine. Take time out to experience the city's funky café scene and enjoy some delicious local fare or a locally produced coffee. Participating cafes incorporate lots of fresh and organic local produce into their menus and display the work of local artists on the walls. Lismore's City Centre has a network of hidden arcades and laneways filled with a diverse range of specialty shops selling everything from boutique shoes to second hand sheet music. The city streets have an eclectic mix of historic buildings, lismore... vibrantheartoftheregion