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Lismore : lismore visitor guide
quirky shops and funky cafes and a surprising number of antique, vintage and second-hand stores for the discerning bargain hunter. While Lismore is the regional capital, it is also the gateway to the road less travelled. Get off the beaten track and head for the hills to discover the real charms and natural wonders of the Rainbow Region. It only takes 30 minutes meandering along pretty country lanes to reach most of the region's attractions -- World Heritage-listed rainforests and National Parks, unspoiled beaches fringed with pandanus palms, colourful country markets and curio stores and picture-postcard villages surrounded by neat rows of coffee and macadamias. Nimbin, our most famous village, is the spiritual home of Aquarius and must-see for visitors to the Northern Rivers. The main street is a living work of art, with characters as colourful as the shopfront facades. Lismore and Nimbin are on the doorstep of several magnificent World Heritage National Parks offering easy access to walking trails, waterfalls that cascade into clear mountain pools and breathtaking lookouts. Ancient rainforests shroud the hills, ridges and valleys of the Nightcap and Border Ranges National Parks. There is even a rainforest remnant in Lismore's City Centre. Lismore, Nimbin and villages provide the perfect location to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect with nature. Stay a while, absorb the relaxed atmosphere and explore all the Rainbow Region's many treasures. You'll find the region's diversity extends to its accommodation options with everything from B&Bs, hinterland retreats and chic, city-style motels to caravan parks and secluded campgrounds. To find out more about the idyllic lifestyle and superb natural assets of Lismore, Nimbin and the surrounding villages, contact the Lismore Visitor Information Centre on 1300 369 795, the Nimbin Visitor Information Centre on 02 6689 1388 or visitlismore.com.au 5 absolute musts... • immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Nightcap National Park • stroll through the local markets, sampling organic produce and colourful crafts • meander through the green hills and acres of macadamias and coffee -- there's always a lovely historic village around the corner to explore • check out the colours and characters of the world famous village of Nimbin • explore the galleries of our local artists • see a live theatrical performance • sample the local fare in a city café • visit heritage park - the kids'll love it! • indulge in a little retail therapy -- lismore style • picnic, bbq or take a hike -- savour the quiet moments in a World Heritage rainforest