Grr: typing this again after accidentally deleting it!
Slept really well last night! The New Olympic Motel is clean and comfortable and does a good breakfast of sausages, bacon, eggs, muesli and coffee. Not haute cuisine, it's true, but very warm and lots of it.
Lismore is a good distance from the sea, and in a subtropical area.
There are lots of Palm trees and the architecture has a Queensland-ish feel to it. It feels like a kind of pocket-version of Thibodaux, Louisiana. As you may imagine, this makes me happy!
The Lismore SES unit is below a rocky cliff. The people are friendly, and they've warned us of the dangers of leeches, paralysis-ticks, and the likelihood of catastrophic flooding.
Weather forecast is still for 150-200mm rain and pockets of thunderstorms. There's a festival of some type down at Nimbin, where there's a risk of flooding. At the moment though, it's a case of 'hurry up and wait'!