If you’re heading south from Byron Bay or north from Ballina, don’t miss the chance to stop at Lennox Head. Located just 20km from Byron Bay and 12KM from Ballina, this charming seaside town is well worth a visit even if it’s not on your route.
Lennox Head has a laid back, leisurely vibe, and is known for its spectacular natural beauty, excellent restaurants, chic accommodation, and the beautiful Seven Mile Beach. However, Lennox Head is best known for its iconic right-hand break, making it a must for surfers. This is the home of the Lennox Longboard Classic, held annually in August. Hang-gliding and paragliding are also popular activities here, for those wanting an aerial view of dolphins riding waves alongside the surfers. Alternatively, Pat Morton lookout gives a fantastic vantage point to spot dolphins and migrating humpback whales, as you take in the sensational scenery.
No visit to Lennox Head is complete without a picnic by Lake Ainsworth, a freshwater lake tinted a light brown colour by the tea trees lining its shoreline. This is a lovely spot for swimming, kayaking, canoeing, and sailing.
Along the main street you will find an array of chic boutiques, so save time for some shopping. The monthly Lennox Head Community Markets are also a fantastic place to shop for a wide range of products from tropical fruit and vegetables to handcrafted goods.
When hunger strikes, you’ll be spoilt for choice by the range of quirky cafes and exceptional restaurants lining the main street.
Seven Mile Beach in Lennox Head is renowned for its world-class right-hand point break. It was declared a National Surfing Reserve in 2007, as surfers flocked from far and wide to ride the famous wave. The break is beautiful to look at yet powerful to ride, making it best suited to experienced surfers. This is the home of the Lennox Longboard Classic, an annual event held in August.
Not only is Lennox Head heaven for surfers, but visitors also love hang-gliding and para-gliding over the beautiful beach, turquoise waters, and spectacular surrounding scenery. Wander along the Lennox Head Boardwalk, a scenic trail leading up to Pat Morton Lookout to spot dolphins and migrating humpback whales.
Swimming and fishing are also popular pastimes here, and when your stomach starts to rumble you can enjoy lunch in the picnic area. When you’re tired from walking and water sports, relax on the golden sand to the sound of crashing waves.