Lismore is a subtropical town in northeastern New South Wales, Australia. Lismore is the main population centre in the City of Lismore local government area. Lismore is a regional centre in the Northern Rivers region of the State.
The town of Lismore resides in the Aboriginal Bundjalung Nation area. Evidence suggests aboriginal people arrived from the north of Australia around 8,000 years ago. However, the actual area of the Bundjalung people from Evans Head is currently under examination, as well as the actual origin of the name Bundjalung. It has been suggested that the Aboriginal people called the area Tuckurimbah meaning "glutton."
Lismore and surrounding towns were once part of the rainforest referred to as "The Big Scrub," of which less than one percent remains following the European settlement. A section of this rain forest is viewable in the grounds of the Southern Cross University and at Wilsons Nature Reserve on Wyrallah Road.