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 is cheaper to fly via Gold Coast Airport (OOL) and then drive - about 90 minutes.
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.
Lismore is a more residential town than its coastal neighbours. It is surrounded by very pretty coastal hinterland, and it is worthwhile taking one of the scenic drives around the area. It is in some ways the administrative centre of the Northern Rivers region. It has the main hospital, fairly 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, although it is safe in that there are no crocodiles, or sharks-in spite of the legend of "Hector", a crocodile rumoured to have inhabited the river at one point-he is long gone.
There area a few historical buildings and churches about the town and the Lismore Regional Art Gallery is worth a look. There is sometimes an interesting music and creative scene about the town as there are many music and art students, as well as alternative lifestylers in Lismore and surrounding areas.
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.
Any of the pubs will do-Mary Gilhooleys is a fairly well known pub with an Irish theme.
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.