Connect With Nature

Immerse yourself in this living cultural landscape, wander through the mists of time in one of Australia’s oldest volcanic regions near the iconic Wollumbin (Mt Warning).

Get your artist on and explore the numerous art galleries, exhibitions and more.

Connect with the locals and enjoy a festival – from the famous Tropical Fruits Festival in Lismore to the Jacaranda Festival in Grafton the calendar is full of events that just can’t be missed.

Our world-famous beaches are a natural drawcard. Many visitors head to Byron Bay and Lennox Head to test out their surfing chops, but there is a whole coastline to explore.

And the secret is now out, the region is being discovered by bush walkers and trekkers from around the world. Explore the natural wonders at every turn along our hinterland walking tracks.

Must do activities

We’ve put together a list of the top ten must do activities when visiting the region. Follow the link below to start planning your next Northern Rivers adventure.


Connect With taste

Provenance: (n: origin, attribution, source) – the term ‘provenance’ is now fashionable but it is something our food and beverage artisans in the Northern Rivers know a lot about.

Food & Beverage

The food bowl of the East Coast. Our lush volcanic soils provide a fertile base for our growers. World class restaurants and eateries…


Connect With people

Lifestyle is the key driver for people to visit and stay on —whether it is one of the picturesque hamlets or larger centres you will be welcomed to our vibrant communities.

As one of the most creative regions in Australia we are natural innovators. We are fast becoming a magnet for the leading lights of the film industry and some of our fine artists are world famous.

Our regional university, Southern Cross University, TAFEs and schools provide a broad range of expertise and cater to a more individualised delivery to students of all backgrounds. In particular we value our youth and are driven to provide a sustainable future for all.

Born and raised in Sydney I recently moved up to Lismore to work in the area's burgeoning medicinal cannabis industry. With no expectations upon arrival I was surprised at how immediately at home I felt up here. The Northern Rivers has everything; from a bustling business sector with a real sense of community, to the world's most beautiful beaches (and surf breaks!) and no traffic. People are just plain happier up here, and with every convenience at your doorstep I can't see myself living anywhere else.
Tim Ritchie
Operations Manager, Canna Pacific

For living, working, entrepreneurship and education, we have it all…


Connect With opportunity

The unique lifestyle attributes of the Northern Rivers, NSW is a key driver for investment growth. The soil, the climate, the education facilities, the infrastructure and the innovators are among the best in regional NSW. Younger business people seeking alternative lifestyles are attracted to ‘tree change’ and ‘sea change’ opportunities provided by affordable housing, beaches and waterways and a creative social environment. Established businesses are attracted by the opportunity for an improved work/life balance that just can’t be achieved in a city. 

Meet our Entrepreneurs


Spell Designs

Husk Distillers

Northern Rivers NSW 


Northern Rivers NSW, as a brand, represents a region endowed with beautiful and world renown natural assets. It has a history of strong community connectivity with its land, culture and people.