The Encounters 2020 Walk was created with funding from the Australian Maritime Museum.  The Walk was designed for visiting school students to work with flora wheels to identify plants which were collected by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander in 1770. This walk however, is suitable for all ages. The wheels include information on the important Aboriginal use of each plant.

Guided Tours for schools by appointment only with the Education team (Tuesday or Wednesday mornings preferred)  

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Each month a different area of the Gardens is explored. Bookings are essential for walks as numbers are limited. Email Tracey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   to book. $5 per adult, children free.  No card facilities sorry.

Wear sturdy shoes and hat. Meet your guide at the Visitor's Centre.  

Please join us for morning tea after the walks in the Visitor's Centre. Gold coin donation. Or bring your own to enjoy in the many picnic areas.

If you'd like to help in the gardens on Wednesday mornings from 8am till 11 am, contact us on 0450 596 705.





Friends of Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens

PO Box 1327




0450 596 705




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Friends of Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens Inc (FLRBG)


The Gardens are on Widjabul country.  313 Wyrallah Road East Lismore. 3 kms from the Lismore CBD  

NO DOGS ALLOWED AT THE SITE – Guide and Companion Dogs excepted

Opening hours: Weekdays 7.30 am to 3.30 pm. Weekends 9 am to 4pm  Closed: 29th,30th,31st March and 1st April

Our February 2024 newsletter has been uploaded NOW to the Newsletter Tab above. It's a Children's Education special! 

SUNDAY 25th FEBRUARY    Book now for Native Bees as Pollinators Walk with Graeme. Meet at 9.15 am at the Visitor's Centre at the Gardens for the 9.30am walk which will take ONE hour.  $5 adults, children free, cash only sorry, no card facilities. Wear hat and sturdy shoes. Join us for morning tea after the walk in the Visitor's Centre. Gold coin donation appreciated. Email bookings This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Numbers limited so please book to avoid disappointment.

This month take the kids for a walk in the Hoop Pine Forest to enjoy the Story Walk.  Begins at the BBQ near Carpark 1. Which bird is the best at playing Hide and Seek in the Forest?? Walk to the top of the path to see the labyrinth.

FOR SALE! GREAT VALUE –  Greeting cards featuring Friends' photos taken at the Gardens-  ON SALE  Set of 12 for $12  Pick up from Gardens or organise delivery by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Become a Friend of our Gardens. We welcome your help to maintain this beautiful slice of the Northern Rivers. Membership is only $10 per year. Buy a membership for a friend for Christmas. Click on the Newsletter tab to find and download our interactive Membership form.
Friends Workdays: Wednesdays 8 am to 11 am. Join us. Wear long sleeves and pants, hats and bring gloves and morning tea.

Contact Ros on 0412 317 744  Nursery volunteers also welcome. Wednesdays between 9.30 am and 12 pm. Ring 0450 596 705 to let us know you are coming or just turn up. 

Please do not come to work at the Gardens if you have any flu symptoms or are feeling unwell

FLRBG is a non-profit group of volunteers working in conjunction with the Lismore City Council to establish, develop and maintain the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens. The Friends were officially formed in December 1998 but the dream of establishing a Botanic Garden in the Lismore area had been around since 1988. The Gardens opened officially in June 2013.


These Gardens are a wonderful place to visit with big colourful information signs, individual tree labels, paths, seats, picnic areas and of course a superb collection of local rainforest and other local native plants. It is great place to take visitors, and for kids to explore. The COOL CUBBY near first car park and SOLAR CLOCK in Sensory Garden are great favourites. 

A very new feature is the little walkway and lookout in PALM GULLY at the western end of the Gardens, just beyond the Nursery.  The HOOP PINE FOREST, at the eastern end, is a lovely cool shady place to walk. The paths, unsealed but well graded, take you up to a stony LABYRINTH at the top and the newly installed BIG OLD CHURCH BELL, a little further along the ridge.

Have a look and feel free to ring the bell to mark your visit to the top of the forest.


SUMMER in the Gardens is a busy time. Come and enjoy the many unique flowers and fruits in the rainforest. Look up, and down! Our insects and birds are always quietly busy. Check out our notice boards at the Visitors Centre and garden shed for photos of what to look out for.

VOLUNTEER WORK DAYS AT THE GARDENS are held every Wednesday morning from 8 am to 11 am. 

WEDNESDAY MORNING PROPAGATION GROUP at the nursery 9.30 to 12.00pm. Ring 0450596705 for more information.  Plants can be purchased at this time. Please bring cash.

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NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING Sat 16th March, 2024 at 9.15 am in the Visitors Centre.

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Below is a preliminary plan of our beautiful SENSORY GARDEN. During completion a few changes were made to the plan. This garden enables all sections of the community to observe the signals sent out by plants - perfume, colour, shape,surface coverings, movement. Animals, including humans,  respond to such signals. This purpose built facility will benefit all the community but especially the young and those with a disability. A drop off point makes the sensory garden easily accessible by car and mini bus.  A shelter makes a wonderful place for a shady picnic.

As a result of a generous donation from a local member of the community and support from council we were able to install our main paths. We now have an observation deck looking over the pond, a human solar clock and a commemorative native rice garden. More features are planned for the future.





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