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Lismore / Northern Rivers

As a popular destination for sea-changers and both domestic and international visitors, Northern Rivers is a key growth region of New South Wales. With a population projected to increase by 30% over the next 15 years, the Northern Rivers region includes the major townships of Lismore, Ballina, Byron Bay, Kyogle, Casino, and a number of other vibrant coastal and rural villages*. The city of Lismore is the tourism gateway for the Northern Rivers region. Settled between lush rainforests and miles of coastline, Lismore is only a short drive from the tourism icons of Byron Bay, Lennox Heads and Ballina. Lismore is also the commercial hub of the Northern Rivers region, and is home to a dynamic combination of industries including:

  • tourism
  • agriculture and horticulture
  • health and community services
  • construction and manufacturing
  • education and research

Featuring a strong mix of trade- and tertiary qualified workers together with high-quality infrastructure, the Northern Rivers region is set to continue attracting new investment across a diverse range of industries.


Source: Northern Rivers Regional Development Board 2007
* Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011; Lismore, Ballina, Byron, Kyogle, Richmond Valley LGAs
The Cape Byron Lighthouse in Byron Bay

ImageLismore / Northern Rivers at a glance

  • 154,778*
  • 2 hour drive south of Brisbane
  • 70 minute flight north of Sydney
  • 8 hospitals
  • 2 airports
  • 4 tertiary education facilities
  • 5 shopping precincts
Key Events:
  • East Coast Blues and Roots Music Festival (Byron Bay - March/April)
  • Primex Primary Industry Exhibition (Casino - June)
  • Lantern Parade (Lismore -June)
  • Northern Rivers Food and Wine Festival (Ballina - June)
  • Byron Bay Writers Festival (Byron Bay - August)
  • North Coast National Show (Lismore - October)
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