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Living and working in the Northern Rivers is the ideal combination of a tree change and sea change, mixed with excellent services and an exciting culture.

Blackburn Prior has offices in Ballina and Lismore placing us at the centre of worldwide events, community activities and surrounded by the most magnificent natural wonders. 

The Northern Rivers is renowned for its warm climate, natural beauty and diverse mix of people.


It is home to well regarded educational institutions that draw people from across the country and internationally to the region to further their studies. This includes Southern Cross University, North Coast TAFE NSW, SAE and many primary and secondary schools.


The Northern Rivers has a strong network of healthcare services including public and private hospitals, community health services and specialist services including Breast Screen NSW, brain injury rehabilitiation and mental health services. The region is also home to preventative healthcare including programs to stay active and smoke free environments and various alternative therapies.  

Arts & cultural hub

In the Northern Rivers there is an eclectic mix of actors, artisans, buskers, dancers, film-makers, musicians, painters, potters and performers – more per capita, than anywhere else in the country.

You’ll find an abundance of cultural activities from local markets throughout the region, to performing arts including NORPA, regional galleries showcasing exceptional work from local and touring shows, and live music filtering through the towns and village’s cafes, pubs and in the streets.


With the some of Australia's biggest and best festivals in our own backyard, why would you want to be anywhere else?

From the family friendly Lismore Lantern Parade, to the Byron Bay International Film Festival for flim buffs, internationally renowned BluesFest to the 4WD Caravan Camping and Marine Show, the Northern Rivers has it all and will keep the entire family entertained. 

Cafe culture

For the foodies and coffee aficionados the Northern Rivers will not disappoint.

Here you will find everything from award winning restaurants across cuisines to cafes showcasing the best blends of coffee that make even the most discerning palette sing.

The commitment and passion for seasonal, local and organic produce including blueberries, macadamias, beef and avocados is evident on every menu and will keep you coming back for more.

Natural wonders

The Northern Rivers is the most stunning backyard. Here you are surrounded by breathtaking natural wonders just waiting to be explored. From idyllic locations including Wollumbin National Park and Rocky Creek Dam to wonderous waterways and skylines like Minyon Falls and an expansive coastline, the Northern Rivers invites you to connect with nature. 


For more information visit Northern Rivers Tourism, Visit Lismore, Discover Ballina, Visit Richmond Valley and Visit Byron