The business hub of the district, Lismore is home to a diverse range of businesses and services from financial institutions and real estate agencies to hairdressers, a range of therapists (massage, osteopath, etc) and much more. It is this diversity which gives Lismore its character and buskers are a common sight in the CBD, where the famous annual Lantern Parade is held.
Lismore has a thriving Arts community and The Quad, known as Lismore’s creative playground, provides a home to the Northern Rivers Conservatorium of Music, the regional art gallery and the regional library, while the Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA) and the historic Star Court Theatre, a long-running art deco theatre hosting independent movies, live concerts, workshops and comedy are also situated here. Locals and visitors are spoilt for choice with quality cafés and restaurants; old style hotels, one of which accommodated Queen Elizabeth II during her visit in 1954; major supermarkets and retail outlets in both the CBD and Lismore Square. The centre of Lismore is flat and popular with residents who enjoy the convenience of walking to town but a large part is flood-prone and approximately 45% of dwellings are leased while 70% of all dwellings are houses. The numerous sporting fields, including Oakes Oval, are in the vicinity of the 3 schools found in the Lismore area and popular parks are dotted around the city.