History of the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens

The Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens are located on land north of the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre and were officially opened in June 2013. However, the seeds of the gardens were sown many years ago and have been nurtured lovingly by a hard-working group of volunteers ever since.

Walking through the lush rainforest that is now emerging it is hard to imagine that is was virtually wasteland to begin with. The Botanic Gardens are only for native plants – mostly rainforest – which are indigenous to an area within 200km of the city of Lismore.

The aim of the gardens is to support the conservation of local rainforest species, facilitate scientific plant research, educate people about this special environment, preserve the history of human interaction with the rainforest and provide a place for recreation.

The gardens are a beautiful place to visit with big colourful information signs, individual tree labels, paths, seats, picnic areas and of course a wonderful collection of local rainforest plants. It’s a great location to take visitors, for kids to explore or to just sit and be.

An added attraction is the abundant wildlife. Koalas are regularly sighted, mostly near the barbecue area, but also in big old gums at the far end of the Rainforest Walk at the western end of the Gardens. Wallabies are also regular visitors, though they are shyer than the koalas, and there is abundant bird life, including an active scrub turkey mound.

The Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens are situated within the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre at 313 Wyrallah Road, East Lismore.

Opening hours:

7am to 4pm weekdays

9am to 4pm weekends

Closed public holidays

Special visits outside these times can be arranged by contacting the Friends of the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens Secretary on friendslrbg@bigpond.com.

Brochures and self-guiding maps are available on site. Illustrated talks, guided tours and other events can be arranged.