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Lismore : lismore visitor guide
8 history&heritage Gariabu... a long, long time ago... Lismore and its surrounding villages is Country to the Widjabul people of the Bundjalung nation, a living culture with continuous connection to place. Widjabul Country is steeped in the tradition of Ngathang Garr, ancestral beings whose movements, travels and events are etched in the landscape and rivers of this ancient land. The Wilsons River that runs through the heart of Lismore is the lifeblood of Widjabul Country, supporting ecosystems that have evolved over thousands of years. The river is sacred to the Widjabul who view it as an old friend -- always there in times of need with sources of nourishment to feed and look after the people. Through this relationship, the river is seen as an important gathering place where shared learning takes place. There are many sites of significance in the country of the Widjabul people. Please be mindful not to upset the spirits that are the guardians of these sacred places. Lismore - the river city The Wilsons River is the reason that Lismore is here today. The city was built on river transport and from 1842, timber-getters arrived by sea via the Richmond River. Lismore was the furthest navigable section of the river system for ocean-going vessels. It provided the access necessary for shipping out the region's 'red gold' -- magnificent red cedar cut from the vast expanse of rainforest known as 'the Big Scrub' that once blanketed the region. The landscape was swiftly stripped of cedar and as the timber-getters moved further west, the land was opened up for pastoral runs. In 1845, Jane and William Wilson established Lismore Station, named after the Island of Lismore in Loch Linnhe, in their native Scotland. While there is no longer any trace of Lismore Station, the family was commemorated in 1976 when the north arm of the Richmond River was renamed Wilsons River. By the second half of the 19th century, the landscape was rapidly changing and with the clearing of the forests and draining of swamp lands, villages and towns were developing. The timber-cutters and cattle grazers were followed by pioneering dairy farmers and they, in turn, by waves of settlers from across the globe. leave the footwork to us... lismore visitor information centre cnr ballina rd & molesworth st lismore 2480 1300 369 795 nimbin visitor information centre 80 cullen st nimbin 2480 02 6689 1388 visitlismore.com.au Whether you're looking for a simple bed for the night, a luxurious hinterland hideaway or a full-tilt, adrenalin pumping adventure, you can find out all the information you need and book online at visitlismore.com.au For personal service, the friendly staff at the Lismore and Nimbin Visitor Information Centres can help. They'll know just the place to suit your needs... they can even make the booking for you... and it's a FREE service!