A butter church sculpture advertised to relay
A butter church sculpture advertised to relay "stories of Lismore's dairying history at the press of a button", but that button does not press Photo Cathryn McLauchlan / The Northern Star Cathryn Mclauchlan

Walk through Lismore's disappointing river experience

I WANTED to get some fresh air after work last week in the form of a lovely walk through one of Lismore's many parks.

So as a new resident to the Northern Rivers I put my trust in the city council's Visit Lismore website.

Exploring Lismore
I navigated to the parks and gardens page of the See and Do section to browse through the list of 10 parks and reserves around town, and decided on one near the city centre boasting a "unique outdoor museum".

The Riverside Park which includes the historical walking trail called the Wilsons River Experience Walk, was difficult to find, uncomfortable to walk through, and overall disappointing.

Disappointing walk

I would say the Visit Lismore site accurately described the experience as "unique", but perhaps for different reasons.

An advertised "bush food garden" included three bush foods and one of which was not actually visible from the path.

A "huge butter church sculpture relaying stories of Lismore's dairying history at the press of a button" was not functional and in fact, the button looked like it was painted over.

The "spectacular interpretive panels" that tell a story of Widjabul and European settlement were graffitied, torn and unreadable.

Ghost town with potential
It is not surprising then that the two times I have been there - once in the day and once in the evening - the place was a ghost town.

But the area has a lot of potential with it's beautiful spacious grassland and proximity to town, but I think some TLC is needed to be considered a proud snapshot of Lismore's history.

For now I think I'll ask the people of Lismore for advice about walking trails next time.
 



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