Day 5 – Lismore and Richmond Range National Park

I departed Nimbin in the morning and decided to check out Lismore to stock up on some gear. Lismore was quite a change from all the little towns I’ve passed through since leaving Byron Bay. It is a full size city with all the fast food joints and major shopping centres you need. I stopped in to one and found an R.M. Williams store where I bought an Akubra hat. This will help me disguise myself with the locals when I’m closer to Tamworth. Some beautiful architecture remains from the early days.

I visited the Lismore Historical Museum. A $2 entry fee got me access to a beautiful collection of old historical photos, aboriginal and early settler artefacts and plenty of early timber industry relics. It’s impressive how people lived out here during colonisation. There was also a large display of timber homewares like tables, dining room sets, duchess’, pianos all dating back to the early 1900’s.
Departing Lismore I headed on to Casino to find not much, so continued on to Richmond Range National Park.

I was using my maps and GPS to get me to the camp grounds only to find after half an hour driving down a track that the turn off track was non-existent! Had to back track an hour to a previous road. Managed to reach the Peacock Creek Rest Area campgrounds at dusk having wasted a couple hours, although at least I saw some beautiful cattle properties along the way.

Spent a couple nights relaxing there before taking the Cambridge Plateau scenic drive through the heart of Richmond Range. Did a short bushwalk at the rest area before heading on to Washpool National Park.

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  1. Lismore is an interesting area. Have rellies there so visit regularly. Economically not so flash, like many country towns. Have a great trip!

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