Lennox Head

Just 15min drive south of Byron Bay on the North Coast of NSW, Lennox Head is the perfect seaside village for a laidback holiday. It’s home to world-renowned surf breaks, golden beaches tranquil lakes, cafes, restaurants and a classic waterside pub.

Surfing and beaches

Lennox Head is one of Australia’s National Surfing Reserves. Experts will love the waves at Boulder Beach and beginners can take a lesson with Soul Surf School or Let's Go Surfing. Watch surfers carve up the waves from Lennox Point’s Pat Morton Lookout or catch all the action of the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open in July and the Lennox Longboard Classic in August. 

Beach-goers will want to head straight for Seven Mile Beach, a pristine stretch of sand that runs from Lennox Head north to Broken Head. You can also drive a 4WD along the northern end. You’ll find stunning coastal scenery all around town, with headlands offering views over the beach and a freshwater tea tree lake ideal for kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.

Couple enjoying a picnic overlooking Lennox Head Beach in Lennox Head, Byron Bay

Whales and dolphins

Dolphins often join surfers riding the waves. Between May and November, you can spot whales on their annual migration. Or better yet, jump onboard a whale-watching cruise with Out of the Blue Adventures to see them up close. As the coastline in this region juts further out to the east, the whales can often be seen just off shore.

Things to do in Lennox Head

Tea trees line Lake Ainsworth, offering families a safe swimming area away from the waves plus excellent facilities for picnics and barbecues. The lake can be affected by blue green algae at times. Be sure to check the website for official advice related to the blue green algae status to ensure it is safe to undertake water activities prior to planning a visit. 

For an aerial view, enjoy the thrill of paragliding with Poliglide or hang-gliding with Byron Airwaves. You’ll also find delicious waterfront cafes and restaurants as well as the monthly Lennox Community Market.

A child overlooking the freshwater tea tree Lake Ainsworth

Getting there and where to stay

Lennox Head is an 8hr 20min drive north of Sydney and just over two hours south of Brisbane. You can fly into the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, a 20min drive away. Accommodation options in Lennox Head include lakeside camping, holiday houses and beachside resorts, like the four-star Lennox Beach Resort.

Ballina Airport

Flying into Ballina Airport

Ballina Byron Gateway Airport is located 5km from Ballina’s town centre and 35km from Byron Bay. Use the shuttle bus or taxi services available at the terminal to make the short trip to these coastal destinations. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

QantasJetstar and Virgin Australia operate daily direct flights between Sydney and Ballina Byron Airport. Regional Express flies to Sydney two days a week and Fly Pelican flies direct to Newcastle six times a week. Jetstar also operates daily direct flights to Melbourne.

Things to Do and Places to Stay