Lennox Head

A local secret

Just a 15-minute drive from Byron Bay, Lennox Head has all the luxuries of its northern neighbour, minus the crowds. Home to world-renowned surf breaks, golden beaches, a tranquil lake, great eating and a classic waterside pub, slow down with the locals on your next North Coast visit.

Lennox Head in Northern Rivers, North Coast

Lennox Head, Northern Rivers

Surfing & beaches

Lennox Head is one of Australia’s National Surfing Reserves. While the serious surfers head to Boulder Beach, beginners can take a lesson with Soul Surf School or Lets Go Surfing. Pat Morton Lookout is a great spot to watch the action. The town plays host to two surfing comps during the year: the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open in July and the Lennox Longboard Classic in August. 

Surfer preparing to head into the ocean at Lennox Head in Byron Bay, North Coast

Surfer, Lennox Head - Credit: The Legendary Pacific Coast

Beach-goers will want to head straight for Seven Mile Beach, a stretch of sand that runs from Lennox Head north to Broken Head. You can also drive a 4WD along the northern end.  

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

Lennox Head beach, Northern Rivers

 

Whales & dolphins

There are plenty of lookouts where you can spot whales on their annual migration along the Australian coast between May and November. As the coastline in this region juts further out to the east, the whales can often be seen just off shore. Or take a whale-watching cruise with Out of the Blue Adventures to see them up close. Dolphins often join surfers riding the waves. 

Lennox Head in Northern Rivers - Byron Bay - North Coast

Lennox Head, Northern Rivers 

Things to do in Lennox Head

Tea trees line Lake Ainsworth, which is a safe swimming area for kids and has excellent facilities for picnics and barbecues. You can kayak and SUP here, too. (The lake can be affected by blue green algae at times. Be sure to check the website to ensure it’s safe to take to the water.)  

For an aerial view of the region, go paragliding with Poliglide or hang-gliding with Byron Airwaves 

A child overlooking the freshwater tea tree Lake Ainsworth

Freshwater tea tree, Lake Ainsworth

Eat, drink & stay

You’ll also find plenty of delicious waterfront cafes and restaurants, including the waterside Lennox Hotel and fantastic Italian fare at Quattro Classic. There’s also a Lennox Community Market on the second and fifth Sundays of the month. 

Accommodation options include lakeside camping, holiday houses and beachside resorts, like the four-star Lennox Beach Resort. 

Fun for the whole family at Lennox Community Market in Lennox Head, Byron Bay

Lennox Head Community Market, Lennox Head - Credit: Natalie Grono

Getting there

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. 

 

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.

Plan your trip

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