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Shae Killey4 years ago

A day of fun-filled exploration in Lismore

If you're travelling through the Northern Rivers region, be sure to stop off at Lismore for a day of cafes, restaurants, and cultural discovery, topped off with a couple of cheeky beverages. Hidden in the far north-eastern pocket of NSW, Lismore is known for its majestic natural surroundings, cultural diversity and relaxed lifestyle. It doesn't matter what activities you choose to do while in Lismore, you're bound to bump into one of the friendly, free-spirited locals who are always happy to say hello. Whether you're travelling with family, friends or your significant other, we've provided you with the perfect guide to a day of exploration in Lismore.

Is it about time you treated yourself to a holiday? If you’re tired or stressed, organise some time off work and head to Lismore for a little escape.

Start your day with a cafe

Palate At The Art Gallery

Elegant decor, Palate at the Art Gallery - Lismore
Elegant decor, Palate At The Art Gallery – Lismore

Located at the Lismore Regional Gallery, start your day at Palate At The Art Gallery for a great tasting Allpress coffee to go with a Lismore cultural experience. Go for a wander around the many creative exhibitions and artistic collections – many by local artists – before sitting down for the best brekky money can buy in Lismore. Choose to dine inside or alfresco, as you browse the extensive menu put together by award-winning chef Perry Hill. We suggest the coconut pancakes with caramelised banana, passionfruit, and crunchy macadamia praline, but really anything off the menu will satisfy those breakfast cravings.
Where: 133 Molesworth St Lismore NSW

Explore Lismore

City centre, Lismore NSW
City centre, Lismore NSW

Now you’ve filled your stomach, it’s time to explore Lismore’s beauty. There’s really endless possibilities when planning your day, but we suggest getting in your car and heading for the roads less travelled. With nearby world-heritage listed reserves and picturesque national parks, you won’t be disappointed with a trip to any of these Lismore wonders. If you want to stay closer to the CBD, take a walk through the main streets and soak up a bit of the area’s history and culture. There’s no way you can fit everything in one day, so you may want to think about planning a lengthy trip!
Where: Lismore NSW

Stopping for lunch?

The Spotted Pig

Restaurant-quality meals, The Spotted Pig - Lismore
Restaurant-quality meals, The Spotted Pig – Lismore

If you’re hungry for some Lismore lunch, be sure to stop in at The Spotted Pig. Serving locally sourced, house-made meals, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting your meal. We suggest tucking into the beef brisket burger with house slaw, Swiss chess, horseradish aioli served in a broiche bun with crispy chips. There’s even a little piggies menu available, if you’ve brought the kids along. On holiday? It would be rude not to complement your tasty meal with a craft beer or wine selection. If you’re not the afternoon alcohol-type, their coffees are to die for. The Spotted Pig is a favourite among Lismore locals and is definitely a must if you’re passing through the area.
Where: 3 Alphadale Rd Lindendale NSW

Dinner, drinks & accommodation all in one place

Tommy’s Tavern

Modern bar, Tommy's Tavern - Lismore
Modern bar, Tommy’s Tavern – Lismore

Want a place to let your hair down? Located in the heart of Lismore, you can end your day of exploration with an evening of fine food and drinks at Tommy’s Tavern. If you’re still hungry after your epic lunchtime feed at The Spotted Pig, Annabels Restaurant – inside Tommy’s Tavern – serves all your favourite pub grub with a modern twist, at affordable prices. If beer and wine is the reason for your Tommy’s Tavern visit, the bar has over 14 local and imported beers on tap, as well as versatile wine list and comprehensive cocktail selections (if you’re in that kind of mood). Want to turn your day trip into a Lismore holiday? Tommy’s Tavern has air-conditioned rooms with everything you’ll need for your stay. Whether you’re looking for a friendly place to mingle with locals over beer and live sport, or you just want somewhere to eat and stay, Tommy’s Tavern is the perfect place to do so.
Where: 75 Molesworth St Lismore NSW

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Been to Lismore before? Tell us if we missed any must-dos in the comments below.