Regional Express (REX) flies direct from Sydney to Lismore Airport (LSY) three times daily. The airport is a small terminal hosting small turboprop planes. There is a cafe and fenced security parking. The airport is on the Bruxner Highway, South Lismore.
REX, Virgin Blue and Qantas fly to Ballina-Byron Airport (BNK) from where it's a 30 minute drive. Often it can be cheaper to fly via Gold Coast Airport (OOL) and then drive about 90 minutes instead.
Inland from Ballina. Follow the signs from the Pacific Hwy. A bus also operates from Ballina, however it is infrequent and generally only operates during daylight hours. Other outlying areas may or may not be serviced by buses-check the timetable before travelling, not afterwards. In general, the last bus will leave around 5:00 PM, sometimes later.
The railway station had it's train service cancelled in 2004. However, Countrylink still operate coach services to connect with Sydney trains via Casino Railway Station. The coach service continues north to the Gold Coast and Brisbane too. There are two designated bus stops for Countrylink services, Lismore Railway Station in Union Street, South Lismore and Lismore Transit Centre, Molesworth Street, Lismore CBD.
Lismore Transit Centre, Molesworth Street, Lismore hosts services for Countrylink, Premier Motor Services, Greyhound and Northern Rivers Buslines. Regional connections are available to Ballina, Byron Bay, Nimbin, Casino, Tenterfield, Kyogle and Evans Head. Plus long distance coaches to many destinations along the East Coast of Australia between Sydney and Brisbane.
Most of shopping opportunities are a comfortable walk around the central business district however Northern Rivers Bus Lines run regular services in the town.
Lismore is more of a residential town than its coastal neighbours. It is surrounded by a very pretty coastal hinterland and it is worthwhile exploring one of the many scenic drives around the area. Lismore is the administrative centre of the Northern Rivers region. It has the main hospital, large courthouse, as well as a university and medium size [but large by local standards] shopping centre. None of these are really tourist attractions. Better shopping can be had in other places. The Wilsons River runs through town, however it is dirty and some people may not wish to swim in it, it is safe in that there are no crocodiles, or sharks despite of the legend of "Hector", a crocodile rumoured to have inhabited the river at one point, he now is long gone.
There are a number of historical buildings and churches in the town and the Lismore Regional Art Gallery is worth a look. There is an interesting music and creative scene in the town, driven mostly by the many music and art students as well as those following alternative lifestyles in Lismore and surrounding areas.
The Lismore Lantern Parade is a highlight on the calendar and is held annually around the winter solstice, accompanied by the lanterns the event is a great showcase of local music, art and street culture.
There is a nice big old fashioned playground and park in the centre of town, if the kids needs some exercise. Other attractions include a movie theater, and some shopping. There is a degree of nightlife, mostly owing to the town hosting a university. If you can get directions there are a few waterfalls to go swimming around 10-20 minutes out of town. In general, there is little to do in the town-its mostly a town geared towards the locals.
There are numerous fast food restraunts around the place. The Pie Cart, an old truck that sells hot pies is worth visiting-its at the corner of Molesworth and Magellan streets in the city. Most pubs will have a restraunt or dining room attached.
Fire in the Belly have award winning woodfired pizza cooked in their dragon shaped pizza oven,
Any of the pubs will do, Mary Gilhooleys is a fairly well known pub with an Irish theme.
The Car Boot markets are held under the Lismore Square in the carpark every 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month and includes a selection of niknaks, live music and food.
The Channon markets, are an very popular market in the region. Every Saturday or Sunday one of the surrounding towns will be having a market.