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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.