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Lismore Visitor Information Centre
Cnr Ballina Road & Molesworth Street
Lismore 2480
(02) 6626 0100
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Naming of the city

The first white settler in the Lismore district was William Wilson, after whom our river is now named, and in 1844 applied to buy 163 acres of land on the Richmond River. It was his wife Jane who, filled with loving memories of her native Scotland, named the place Lismore, after a small island in Loch Linne near where they had honeymooned.

Open air footpath cafes in the Central Business District have become popular meeting places which are in harmony with both the climate and the lifestyle of the city.

Shopping in Lismore can be entertaining, where street entertainment can offer a surprise round any corner.

With three World Heritage Rainforests, National Parks, Nature Reserves and State Forests, all easily accessable this is a haven for those who prefer outdoor activities.

Volcanic beginnings and "The Big Scrub"

For 3 million years lava flowed from the Mt Warning volcano forming a shield shaped mountain. For 20 million years erosion carved out the beautiful Tweed Valley around the ancient volcanic plug. This area with its rich volcanic soil producing lush subtropical rainforests.

The Big Scrub was an area of 75 000ha around what is now the city of Lismore. The Big Scrub is believed to have been the largest stand of subtropical rainforest in the world.

Today only a dozen viable remnants of the Big Scrub remain. All are accessable to the public and organised tours are also available.

Rotary Park

Saved from destruction by the invasion of exotic vines and weeds, Rotary Park is a success story of rainforest restoration.

This is a natural 6 hectare area of dry rainforest dominated by Hoop Pines and giant figs. The term "dry rainforest" while sounding contradictory, is used to describe a special type of rainforest composed of species which have adapted to cope with seasonally and topographically dry conditions such as exposed rocky hillsides, shallow soils and "rain-shadow" areas. Its structure is often simpler than the more luxuriant sub-tropical rainforest which constituted much of the Big Scrub. However in species diversity it is very rich and Rotary Park in particular is significant in having no less than 17 rare or uncommon species.

Located well within the city boundary, 3 kilometres from the Central Business District, once in the shade of its canopy it is hard to believe you are in the heart of a busy modern city.


Lismore Tourist Information Centre Molesworth St., LISMORE. 2480 02 6622 0122

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