Discover bohemian boutiques, vintage markets and quirky cafés when you make your home in Lismore
In the heart of Australia’s Rainbow Region, Lismore is a haven for artists, free-thinkers and creatives, drawn in by the area’s relaxed, alternative vibe. Set between lush tropical rainforest and hills lined with macadamia nut trees, the town is awash with markets, vintage shops, galleries and restaurants. It might be a small town, hundreds of kilometres from the nearest metropolis, but Lismore is no dusty outback outpost.
Lose yourself in a plethora of second hand stalls and shops - bag a unique T-shirt from the House of M at Lismore Vintage Market, or pick up an antique pendant at the Wonderlane Emporium. Furnish your room with one-off pieces from the Carrington Bazaar or arrive early to buy field-fresh veggies at the town’s Rainbow Region Organic Market.
When you’re finished shopping, grab a Merlo organic coffee from The Dragonfly Café and listen to the buskers on Magellan Street as you make your way to Lismore Regional Gallery to check out the contemporary artwork. When hunger strikes, tuck into coconut pancakes at the chic Palate at the Gallery restaurant while gazing out over the rose garden in Spinks Park. Spend an afternoon watching out for koalas as you walk through the dry rainforest at Wilson Nature Reserve or take a refreshing dip at Lismore Memorial Baths.
Round off your day with dinner at your favourite eatery - try The Spotted Pig, The Loft or Miss Lizzie’s at The Richmond Hotel. After you’ve eaten, head to Mary G’s for an evening of cocktails, pool and live music.