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Lismore : lismore visitor guide
the channon (20 kms) This pretty little village is set in the foothills of the Nightcap Ranges draped in tranquil subtropical rainforests. The Channon is home to the original North Coast craft market and over 30 years on, their "make it, bake it or grow it" philosophy still holds firm. On the second Sunday of each month, up to 10,000 people pour into the village to enjoy wonderful home- made cuisine and hand crafted goods, be entertained by buskers and to soak up the colour and energy of this bold and funky market. With up to 250 stalls, the market is one of the biggest and most popular in regional NSW. The old butter factory on the banks of Terania Creek has been transformed to the heritage-listed Channon Tavern, a popular bar where visitors and locals mix. The tavern's Nightcap Ranges Restaurant is open Wednesday to Sunday serving delicious meals and crispy ales. Travel 15 kilometres along the winding Terania Creek Road to the World Heritage-listed Nightcap National Park. Follow the gorgeous rainforest trail along the babbling, palm-fringed creek to Protesters Falls, named after the protesters whose anti-logging campaign in the late 1970s led to the declaration of the National Park in 1983 and generated world wide awareness of the need to preserve our natural environments. Swimming is not permitted as it is home to the endangered Fleay's barred frog. The village also plays host to the annual Opera at The Channon, a black tie event attracting visitors from far and near. Guests enjoy fine food and wine in the picturesque country setting then relax for an afternoon with some of Australia's finest operatic talent in the natural amphitheatre of Coronation Park. rosebank (30kms) On the edge of the rainforest, the tiny hamlet of Rosebank is dotted with macadamia and coffee plantations and home to Rosebank Gold, the very first coffee plantation in the region. Call into the general store and Green Frog Café on your way through to Minyon Falls at the eastern edge of the Nightcap National Park. The falls sometimes trickle, sometimes tumble over 100 metres to the valley floor below and the view overlooking the rainforest gorge and valleys beyond is breathtaking. If you're feeling energetic, take the trail to the base of the falls for a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waterfall pools. wyrallah (10kms) Downstream from Lismore on the Wilsons River's meandering journey towards the sea, the village of Wyrallah was once a bustling river port. Just south of the village, stop off at the Aboriginal Bora Ring at the back of the Tucki Tucki Cemetery, a sacred ceremonial site for the Bundjalung tribes of the region estimated to be at least three centuries old. Further down the road, the Tucki Tucki Nature Reserve is a koala haven which was planted out in the 1950s by concerned locals to preserve the natural habitat of these national treasures. Look high in the trees and you may just spot one of these sleepy little locals. For information and touring routes through our hinterland villages, contact the Lismore Visitor Information Centre on 1300 369 795 or visitlismore.com.au 21 absolute musts.. • wander around The Channon's amazing craft market - 2nd Sunday of the month • relax with a picnic or barbeque lunch at the gorgeous Rocky Creek Dam • call into one of the friendly village pubs for a traditional counter meal or refreshing drink • check out the quaint village galleries and cafes • explore the mystical rainforest waterfalls of the World Heritage listed Nightcap National Park