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May 15, 2021

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Let’s face it, coastal folk can be a little fickle when it comes to travelling inland for entertainment, especially with the price of petrol nowadays. Add to that parking problems and traffic jams after a big event and it’s no wonder some people opt to stay home by the fire.

But the Lantern Parade is the most magical night of the year in Lismore, especially for young children.

So to make it easier for people on the coast to experience the enchanting winter spectacle, the Lismore Visitor Information Centre has organised buses to Saturday night’s event from Ballina and Byron Bay.

People can buy tickets with or without a grandstand seat for the Fiery Finale at Oakes Oval, which includes music, lanterns, fire dancing, the burning of a 15-metre high sculpture and a cracker fireworks display.

‘The Lantern Parade is gearing up to be its best yet with a bird’s eye view for everyone in the grandstands at Oakes Oval,’ said Tourism Services Coordinator Mitch Lowe Mitch.

‘We really want people from outside Lismore to come and enjoy the Lantern Parade. It’s something you won’t find anywhere else and we wanted to make sure transport options were available from key areas.

‘Children just love the Lantern Parade and watching their faces is often the best part. They can’t take their eyes off these huge lanterns of dragons and fairies and flowers and animals all passing by. They are so full of wonder – it’s a beautiful thing to watch.’

There will be delicious hot treats on sale from the Winter Warmers (stalls supporting local charities), plus there’s a market and carnivale street party in the heart of Lismore, enchanted window displays, and a Viking Village Solstice where you can see live medieval re-enactment.

Details of the bus services from Ballina (Cliffy’s Charter Hire) and Byron (Mullumbimby Charter Bus) are below. Bookings are essential. Phone the Lismore Visitor Information Centre on 1300 369 795.


Depart: Tamar Street Bus Zone 4pm
Optional: Pick-up in Alstonville on request
Drop-off: Oakes Oval before 5pm
Depart: Oakes Oval 8.30pm
Drop-off: Tamar Street Bus Zone 9:15pm.

Cost is $25pp including grandstand ticket or $15 return bus only.
Discounts apply for children.

Byron Bay:

Depart: Jonson Street outside Visitor Centre at 4pm
Optional: Pick-up in Bangalow on request
Drop-off: Oakes Oval before 5:15pm
Depart: Oakes Oval 8.30pm
Drop-off: Jonson Street outside Visitor Centre 9.30pm

Cost is $30pp including grandstand ticket or $20 return bus only.
Discounts apply for children.

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